“All the Great Books Have Been Written”
I heard that saying a while ago. And when I heard it, I immediately thought of Catcher In The Rye. There are few books in my life that I can honestly say have strongly influenced my life. That is one of them. Who didn’t relate to Holden Caulfield’s angst as a struggling teenager? Battling jocks and bullies and all the pretty people and phonies? I know I did growing up. And as adults, I’m sure most of us can still find a lot of truth in it as well.
J.D. Salinger passed away the other day at the ripe old age of 91. And while his library of work seemed way too small for such a writer, at least there are the treasures he left behind for us. If you haven’t read Catcher In The Rye, go do it. And then read his other books as well. You will not be disappointed.
Salinger was a great writer who amazingly caught the feelings and frustrations of nearly every young person at some point in their lives. And he told the story the way every young person wished they could. In honesty and clarity. Thanks for the stories J.D. Goddam.
“What really knocks me out is a book, when you’re all done reading it, you wished 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.” -Holden Caulfield (Catcher In The Rye)