J.D. Salinger (Jerome David)
Wrote: The Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951, as well as 3 other novels, including short stories that appeared in The New Yorker. He was drafted into the Army and served from 1942-1944. He was hospitalized after suffering a nervous breakdown after the war. Mr. Salinger lived a very private life, last published a book in 1965, and gave his last interview in 1980.
Odd Fact: Mark David Chapman, the man who assassinated John Lennon, was found with a copy of the book at the time of his arrest and later explained that the reason for the shooting could be found in the book’s pages.
Quote: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I have to be completely honest and say I have never read this book! I am ashamed to even say that, but I guarantee after reading the synopsis of this book, I will own it before the weekend is over.
What did you think of this story?
I recall being the age of 14 when I found this book on the shelf and began to read. Coming from fantasy and other similar fiction, I absolutely loved this book. I missed some of the nuances but had fun discussing the book with my mom.
I always find it interesting how when I read books now, that I read then, how many things I just really never understood due to my age and life experience! I am super excited to read this book. I never even read “Of Mice and Men” until about 5 years ago. I wonder why my school didn’t make us read these great books?
There were periods of time where these types of books would be banned. I remember the fight to remove The Catcher in the Rye from the school library.
It is just as interesting how our tastes can change over time. I now spend the majority of my time reading history books and less on fantasy or any fiction.
Reading is an adventure waiting to happen.