Catcher in the Rye author
J.D. Salinger dead at 91

I hate to admit it, but I had no idea he had been alive all this time. Reminds me I should add The Catcher in the Rye to my reading list, it’s been a long time since I first read it and I do recall being completely immersed in the story back then. RIP Mr Salinger.


6 thoughts on “Passings

  1. Catcher in the Rye, definitely one of the good novels by an American. Sad that he didn't write a few more novels before chilling out with the Great Spirit.Since his passing, have been wondering if that book will resonate with 21c generations as it did with twentieth century kids? Sure, there was loads of universal truth, but lots of time has past and maybe its harder to relate with now. Or maybe it will always relevant as long as the world has phonies.

  2. Anonymous: You're right, it is a shame he didn't really publish much after that. I haven't read up on him yet, but when I do hopefully will find out why that is. Your comment on whether it will resonate with 21c generations is an interesting one. In some ways I doubt it does with kids right now because the world has changed so much, but then again when authors or artists tap into universal truths as you say, their work tends to transcend time. Think of all the great authors from the 19th & 20th century that are still being widely read today. The world sure has changed since Anna Karenina was written, but it's still a masterpiece. To name just that book (the first "adult" novel I read as a child).And as for phonies, I doubt we'll ever be rid of them entirely. I guess it's one part of human nature that we just have to learn to live with. If you've been reading my blog in the last couple of months, then you know I had to deal with such a specimen quite recently and am frankly glad he's out of my life now. But there are so many others to unmask! Live and learn, right?

  3. mum: thanks for the compliment on the graphics, but I can't accept them because I actually more or less copy/pasted the whole thing from The Province. Eventually I might get a bit fancier with the graphics on my blog, but it already takes me so long to put my posts together that I doubt it'll be anytime soon…xx

  4. i always remember salinger ,because he made it cool to write about teen angst with "catcher in the rye".teenagers can relate,and "grown-ups" can breathe a sigh of relief and be thankful they aren't 16 anymore.RIP buddy-thanks for starting the trend!love,love,love,emm<3

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