Monday, November 07, 2016

Revisiting "Catcher in the Rye"

“Gabe the Babe” has a quickie review of J. D.Salinger’s classic “Catcher in the Rye”, the 1951 coming-of-age novel by J.D. Salinger.

Holden Caulfield, Gabe says, hates “fake people”, as he runs away, deals with prostitutes and street life.

Wikipedia notes that the book used to be censored a lot in public schools, and was connected with John Hinckley and Mark David Chapman.

I recall a particular line early in the book where Holden notes physical degeneration of men in power.  “Old guys’ legs always look so white and unhairy.”

I read it myself when in the Army.  When I worked as a substitute teacher, I handed back book reports on it one day in a ninth grade class in northern Virginia.

A book that seems a little related is Gunter Grass "The Tin Drum". (1959)., a film in 1979.  The little boy who doesn't want to grow up hides in his mother's dress. I read this book when in the Army in 1969.

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