Not many people can get through high school without reading J.D. Salinger’s iconic book The Catcher in the Rye. The reclusive author of this angst-ridden novel passed away today at the ripe old age of 91. From The New York Times:
Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”
“Catcher” was published in 1951, and its very first sentence, distantly echoing Mark Twain, struck a brash new note in American literature: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
Read more about Salinger’s life and times in the NYT obit.
So tell us, The Catcher in the Rye – love it or hate it?