He was famous for not wanting to be famous. His works were often claimed controversial. At one point, his book had been banned in some places around the world and schools in the U.S. He writing affected hundreds of authors throughout the century. He was ninety-one. I’ve got to say that I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey about a hundred times since I was just a little kid.
After each time I revisit the books, I gain new insights about the characters, Salinger’s writing style, and themes. The thing is, so many books today have branched off of the ideas and concepts of capturing the life of an adolescent that when you look back, The Catcher doesn’t seem to be as grandiose as it deserves. But you’ve got to understand that back in the 1950s (the book was published in 1951) the book was revolutionary in American literature. Holden Caulfield. Oh, how he challenged America with his liberal use of profanity, desire for sexuality, and teenage angst. If the last time you read this book was ten years ago, pick it up again and you’ll be surprised at how literature and our culture has evolved. Dee’s recommendation? Definitely a wholesome 5 out of 5.
Rest in peace Jerome David Salinger. And may you live forever through us, avid readers aspiring to be extraordinaires… dreaming to take over the world by one book at a time.