Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

 

Salinger, iconic author of The Catcher in the Rye, died Wednesday at age 91. 

Read the full article here.

I first read Catcher at the ripe old age of 24. When did you first experience the world of Holden Caulfield, dear readers?

13 comments:

Nymeth said...

I was 19 - older than Holden, but the book still hit close to home. RIP, Salinger :(

Amanda said...

I was 22, and for some reason the book didn't stick with me at all. Probably because I was reading a book a week that year and had a 6 month old kid that kept me awake a lot. I need to reread it.

Molly said...

You know - the first time I read Catcher in the Rye was less than 6 months ago at the ripe old age of 49.

I attended a lecture this summer and the speaker focused on Holden Caulfield. He inspired me to read this classic, and I am grateful that I did.

I found your blog by way of Goodreads - and the fact that Beth Fish added you as a friend. I look forward to following your posts throughout 2010.

Julie said...

I read this my junior year of high school in honors english. I loved it right away, but haven't read it since. I think I will need to rered this one sometime soon, as well as some of Salinger's other books.

Alyce said...

I had seen that he died, but I had no idea he was so old.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Amanda- Yeah, I wasn't really taken with Catcher, either. I'm more a fan of his short stories :)

Molly- I'm glad you found me! We're never too old to discover a classic, right?

Julie- I'm thinking of revisiting Nine Stories sometime this year.

Alyce- I know, right? 91?!?

Ann Elle Altman said...

I haven't yet, but I've always wanted to.

ann

Amanda said...

I first read it in high school and absolutely loved it. I think my paper was on something like comparing it to my life and my teacher loved it. I hope I have that paper somewhere in storage. I'd love to dig that out and read it again.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Oh, man that would be awesome if you found it!

Kimberly said...

I believe I was 15, and I've never looked at the world the same. Wonderful works change your views, and that is what "Catcher in the Rye" did for me.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Books that changed me as a teenager have a special place in my heart. The ones that come to mind for me are Their Eyes Were Watching God, A Doll's House, and Perks of being a wallflower.

pippirose said...

I was 13--Grade 8 English class.
I loved it!
Now, I think I will re-read it...and his other work, too.
:o)

Rebecca Reid said...

I read Catcher in high school and loved it. I read it in college and didn't love. I read it last year and found Holden whiny and annoying -- but I still somewhat enjoyed it.

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