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:

  1. Anonymous1:53 PM

    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

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  2. I read somewhere that he had been writing for decades and that there is a goldmine of unpublished material.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.

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  3. Stephen B.2:26 PM

    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.

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. Seepy Benton5:59 PM

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

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  7. Karin M7:53 PM

    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.

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

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

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  10. Now that could have been . . . strange.

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  11. 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?

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

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