Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, R. I. P.

Not everyone likes Catcher as much as I do, but I read it at the right time in my life and the right time in history. I've read it a number of times since, and I like it just as much as ever. I love the Nine Stories, too.

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies - washingtonpost.com: "J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose 'The Catcher in the Rye' shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

'The Catcher in the Rye,' with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made 'Catcher' a featured selection, advised that for 'anyone who has ever brought up a son' the novel will be 'a source of wonder and delight - and concern.'"

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read it at an impressionable age too, Bill, and liked it a lot. And I liked the stories, which I read decades later, as well.

Jeff

David Cranmer said...

I read somewhere that he had been writing for decades and that there is a goldmine of unpublished material. It will be interesting to see what comes to light.

Stephen B. said...

Oh, no - Salinger gone too!

Another author created a sequel (have not read this, it's also not authorized) - 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.

steve said...

There is no wrong time in history to read Catcher in the Rye. My 30-year-old daughter loves it as much as I do. And, yes, Jeff, the stories are great, too.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I read it so long ago I forget a lot of it. It's on my list of books to reread before I croak.

Seepy Benton said...

My favorites were always "Franny And Zooey" and "It's A Perfect Day For Bananafish.". Good stuff!

Karin M said...

I just reread Catcher in the Rye about six months ago and appreciated it more than the first time (in high school). I loved the short stories and must go back to them now. I hope there is more material and that it will be published.

Bill Crider said...

Me, too, but only if it's good.

Rittster said...

At one point, Jerry Lewis rallied hard to direct the movie version, with himself playing Holden. I kid you not.

Bill Crider said...

Now that could have been . . . strange.

Dan said...

I tried reading CATCHER at 18 and again last year at 59. Each time, I got about 3 chapters in and lost interest.

What am I missing?

Bill Crider said...

Probably nothing. Lots of people feel that way about the book.