1 Mar
Original publication: Little, Brown and Company 1951 A Signet Book published by The New American Library 1960 Fiction paperback-192 pages

Original publication: Little, Brown and Company 1951
A Signet Book published by The New American Library 1960
Fiction paperback-192 pages

“This is the story of a sixteen year old Holden Caulfield, who wants desperately to find himself, but who goes underground in New York for forty-eight hours when he is overwhelmed by the perplexing circumstances of his life.” (in-part) back-cover.

This book, though censored and banned (bad language, vulgarity, sexual references) was required reading in High School during the 1960s. My paperback copy cost me fifty U.S. cents (.50$), and it has been in my literary arsenal since beginning my exodus into a new ’world’.

When I was young, Caulfield was a relatable character in that he was a teenager, and spoke to us with a voice of adolescent angst (if you can recall that age, you’re certain to remember it); later, when I reread the book, no longer within the realm of relate-ability, Holden Caulfield became the psychoanalytical interpretation of the ones who knew him best: the Beat (1950s), and the Hippy (1960s) generations.

J. D. Salinger (1919-2010) was an extraordinary writer. Not only do his characters come alive but they seamlessly lead their readers ‘inside’ within the first few pages. Always a rare treat to read a great writer.

This is J. D. Salinger’s first novel.


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