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    J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91 - CNN.com

    It's too bad, he's really my favorite author. "Catcher in the Rye" is amazing, but some of his short stories (such as "A Perfect Day for Bananafish") may be his best work.

    I'd be curious if this will lead to more of his works being released, however.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    As John Hodgman recently said concerning Salinger's death...

    "I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive."



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91 - CNN.com

    It's too bad, he's really my favorite author. "Catcher in the Rye" is amazing, but some of his short stories (such as "A Perfect Day for Bananafish") may be his best work.

    I'd be curious if this will lead to more of his works being released, however.
    Catcher in the Rye is amazing. It's the only book I've ever read more than once, and I've read it 5 times. He wrote the way the mind thinks, and I've yet to see another author like that. I agree, I hope he has continued writing while in seclusion, and I hope the world gets to read some of those works.



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    As John Hodgman recently said concerning Salinger's death...

    "I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive."
    I like that phrasing. :) It honestly won't be materially difference to fans and the public (except that maybe his family will be more inclined to release the unpublished material), but it's just too bad. Gotta say that he lived a full life, though.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91 - CNN.com

    It's too bad, he's really my favorite author. "Catcher in the Rye" is amazing, but some of his short stories (such as "A Perfect Day for Bananafish") may be his best work.

    I'd be curious if this will lead to more of his works being released, however.
    Me too. Hasn't there always been a rumor that he has several works finished that he decided not to publish?

    Also, Catcher is quite an interesting and fun read. I recommend it.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Catcher in the Rye is amazing. It's the only book I've ever read more than once, and I've read it 5 times. He wrote the way the mind thinks, and I've yet to see another author like that. I agree, I hope he has continued writing while in seclusion, and I hope the world gets to read some of those works.
    That's dead-on why he's my favorite author. His prose is worded in a way that just works with the brain. I'm with you - I don't even know how many times I've read Catcher. Probably once or twice a year. Franny and Zooey is really good, but I prefer Nine Stories. I really do think that "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" may be the best short story I've ever read, closely followed by Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron."

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    Me too. Hasn't there always been a rumor that he has several works finished that he decided not to publish?

    Also, Catcher is quite an interesting and fun read. I recommend it.

    I think so, Joe - and I'd love to read them. It seems a little weird to do posthumously against his wishes, but there's a huge audience.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Strange dude, and while I respect the quality of his work I don't really enjoy the pseudo-nihilism of Catcher in the Rye. Sad to hear he passed on though, I honestly had no idea he was still alive, so he did a pretty good job protecting his privacy.




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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    RIP. Catcher in the Rye was my favorite book in HS. Wish he would've published more in his lifetime.



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    This will be an unpopular thought, but I absolutely despised Catcher in the Rye. I just kept hoping another pimp would show up to beat up Holden again. The kid's passive-aggressive whining throughout the entire book was too much for me to stand. If it's that bad do something about it, and if you're not willing to do something about it then shut the heck up.



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    J.D. wasn't my favorite--wasn't enough of a stylist--but he was brilliant and CITR is brilliant. Peace, J.D.



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    This will be an unpopular thought, but I absolutely despised Catcher in the Rye. I just kept hoping another pimp would show up to beat up Holden again. The kid's passive-aggressive whining throughout the entire book was too much for me to stand. If it's that bad do something about it, and if you're not willing to do something about it then shut the heck up.
    This is why I didn't really get into it. I thought Holden was a bum.




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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    This will be an unpopular thought, but I absolutely despised Catcher in the Rye. I just kept hoping another pimp would show up to beat up Holden again. The kid's passive-aggressive whining throughout the entire book was too much for me to stand. If it's that bad do something about it, and if you're not willing to do something about it then shut the heck up.
    One of the themes that I've always took away from the book is that this was one of the points - Holden's all talk, no action. Look at the scenario with him being unable to do anything but talk to the hooker, or how he goes and buys the ladies a drink/dances with them, but can't "close the deal." He berates others for being a "phoney" - but kind of is one himself. He's flawed - nobody wants to be like Holden, but it's just a very true portrait of humanity. That's always been one of the things I took away, though. I understand wanting to see more of a hero and less of an antihero, though - the book isn't for everyone.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    This will be an unpopular thought, but I absolutely despised Catcher in the Rye. I just kept hoping another pimp would show up to beat up Holden again. The kid's passive-aggressive whining throughout the entire book was too much for me to stand. If it's that bad do something about it, and if you're not willing to do something about it then shut the heck up.
    Question...if you want to find out about real human nature, why not read the bible? At least it has a plot and action. Catcher in the Rye was a struggle to get through for me.



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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    I loved Catcher in the Rye. Holden is a great character because you're fed up with him on one hand, but I think a lot of people can relate to that flawed humanity. He's still a punk kid, but I always got the impression he'd figure it out at some point. That's just me, I guess.


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    Re: J.D. Salinger Passes Away at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I loved Catcher in the Rye. Holden is a great character because you're fed up with him on one hand, but I think a lot of people can relate to that flawed humanity. He's still a punk kid, but I always got the impression he'd figure it out at some point. That's just me, I guess.
    I completley agree with this. I have talked to people who have hated Catcher in the Rye for the same reasons previously stated (punk, spoiled kid who can't figure anythig out, ect.). I think his inability to figure out his life over the duration of the book was perfect though. If he had some type of epiphany at the end, when he goes and gets his sister, you'd feel like the book was all for nothing, all the angst, anger and debauchery in the city just a form of rebellion. I love the way Salinger didn't tie it up neatly with a bow at the end. I think this book does say something about human nature, that sometimes people just "are just who they are". Holden's potential was made evident throughout the book, but he refused to live up to it, and am I sure everyone in their life knows someone just like that.

    In all, what makes this book best is the bare bones approach Salinger took to it. Nothing fancy, nothing extravagent. No stylized language or fancy prose. He wrote as people think, and I think that went a long way in achieving the acclaim this book recieves.



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