0000001163 00000 n A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye. 2047 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 2050 /H [ 1163 433 ] /L 555295 /E 41580 /N 115 /T 514235 >> endobj xref 2047 16 0000000016 00000 n One of Holden's greatest internal quandaries regards how to resolve the paradox of love and sex. Salinger . I finished the program, published a short story collection and a YA novel, and then something wild happened, a cymbal crash of validation: I sold a book about you, an updated version of Catcher in the Rye. H��M(�qǟ���l��,Jꟓ�NjVspT�8,r!��8�P�m᰼\(y�)�R$���H�v���a�-�����O���}��"+)���bˏl��U+4�!G��C�;nt�azI�J�7f�$���V$BXClb��V봉 h�U ����޹�)f�p�5WA���fu�Ƙ�s����:�M�u6�'of\��+o���賮ذ>���Ȏ��*?yN�5܎�����\��+J�!R)��N|�x�қ�t��d_ So many Catcher studies appeared that the '50s were dubbed "the Decade of Salinger"; contemporaneous writers complained of neglect as Holden Caulfield was compared not only to Huck Finn but to Billy Budd, David Copperfield, Natty Bumpo, Quentin Compson, Ishmael, Peter Pan, Hamlet, Jesus Christ, Adam, and Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom put together. I just related so much and I never expected that. Where did all this start? However, there is some textual evidence to suggest that he is. She characterizes Salinger as sensitive about his Jewishness with good cause—noting, for example, that a few years before her father’s arrival at the military academy, a Jew who had graduated second in his class found his picture printed on a perforated page of the yearbook so that it could be torn out. Of course, there were differences: unlike Holden, Salinger was, among other things, a half-Jewish, half-Catholic brotherless World War II vet who attended a military academy. For some, The Catcher in the Rye can act as our sponsor. Has Holden, the avatar of American authenticity, become an avatar of American inauthenticity? ‘I know,’ Seymour said. 0000001573 00000 n He likens Holden's appeal to that of Harry Potter: Just as Harry speaks to children because Harry is like them only able to do magic, Holden interests my son because Holden rebels and "gets away with it" in a way my son guesses—rightly--he would never. Gish Jen's new novel, World and Town, will be published by Knopf in the fall. My first instinct is to say no, b/c they think EVERYONE is gay. [his brother] asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. But, now, that was in hardcover. 9 quotes worth re-reading in the Catcher in the Rye. Critics like George Steiner saw the bookas all too fitting for the paperback market--short, easy to read, and flattering "the very ignorance and moral shallowness of his young readers." This way you were neither fish nor fowl." 0000001018 00000 n Holden recognizes a kind of innocence in Sunny. Salinger’s book. - J. D. Salinger 0000001958 00000 n What's more, while the critic Alfred Kazin is, I think, on the mark in ascribing the excitement of Salinger's stories to his "intense, his almost compulsive need to fill in each inch of his canvas, each moment of his scene," the writing in Catcher is nowhere near so alive with moti mentali. I mean I couldn't sit there on that desk for the rest of my life, and besides, I was afraid my parents might barge in on me all of a sudden and I wanted to at least say hello to her before they did. Instead the book starts to feel narrow and maniacally one-note; reading it today, one wonders whether its real contribution lies in its anticipation of Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism. Holden at story's end is under interrogation--more isolated than independent, more defeated than defiant."D.B. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. He provocatively describes how Catcher came to join those works and how the lot of them, read as national allegories, located the very essence of American-ness in principled dissent even as McCarthyism cast it as un-American. "It wasn't nice to be part-Jewish in those days," she says. Chapter 7. 0000001915 00000 n ‎ 'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want t… ‘What are you going to do?’ I said. 1 . 0000040979 00000 n I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I'm not in the habit of making engagements in the middle of the night. Whenever we feel like falling into a pit of despair, as is customary around the holidays, we can just pick up Catcher and it'll talk us down. Salinger *.. LOVE it. His daughter, Margaret Salinger, likewise traces the alienation in the book to him, though it does not reflect for her either her father's innate temperament or difficult adolescence so much as his experiences of anti-Semitism and, as an adult, war. MOTHER . And then you’ve got to start going there. I had fallen in love with the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. %PDF-1.3 %���� What critic George Steiner was to call the "Salinger industry" began to swell fantastically, until it sat like a large, determined bird on a bunker-like egg. by J.D. 0000005215 00000 n When I first read The Catcher in the Rye, I felt like I was truly Holden – so angry at the world with a mind exploding with thoughts, feeling so lonely as I listed and relisted the people in my life who truly care about me. I'm a working gal." Drawing on the work of Donald Pease, critic Leerom Medovoi has described how a new Cold War American canon arose around this time--a canon in which American Renaissance works like Moby-Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were cast as a "coherent tradition that dramatized the emergence of American freedom as a literary ideal, somehow already waging its heroic struggle against a prefigured totalitarianism." More importantly, Salinger seems to have shared Holden's disaffection. You know how it is." And indeed, the insistence of phrases such as "I really mean it" and "to tell the truth" do finally seem to signal quicksand more than terra firma. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 0000001596 00000 n Catholic World noted its "formidably excessive use of amateur swearing and coarse language," and there seemed to be some question as to whether an alienated, hard-drinking, chain-smoking flunkie like Holden Caulfield was going to prove a good influence on the young. Holden wants to feel the deepest type of love possible, the love that died when he lost his sibling years ago. But others saw its success as a promising development, indicative of something enduringly young, defiant, and truth-loving in the American spirit. Kid's notebooks kill me. Other critics did say it made them "chuckle and ... even laugh aloud," and many immediately compared Holden to Huck Finn. In a 1940 letter to a friend, a 21-year-old Salinger described his novel-in-progress as "autobiographical"; and decades later, too, in an interview with a high school reporter--the only interview he's ever given--Salinger said, "My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book." Well, Happy Mansion itself have a variety to offer in terms of food and then add in the foodie square next to it, where cafes like Tujoh is located, oooo yess, soo many choices. Holden may be a rebel without a cause, but he is not a rebel without an explanation: It is easy to read the death of his brother as a stand-in for unspeakable trauma. "Well, look, Mr. Cawffle. A prostitute who won’t use profanities! r�9��b��K �ٓ��J��\o/2x���B��~ &oP;̔��Y�r^�H`�(�Bb�(����$�T�K�G��G�?�+X����v��S���H��cx���ޛ9ϥ*1��=�@{ ~�9����m3�az��e���Y�1�5�VP�+ϩ���V��4J��vF�V�6XJ�&��[ #2: “I think that one of these days...you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books. 1. This piece was originally published, in somewhat different form, in The New Literary History of America, edited by Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus (Harvard University Press, 2009, copyright, the president and fellows of Harvard College). The Catcher in the Rye por J. D. Salinger ... the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." Whether Salinger intended his creation to assume anything like this role--indeed, if he had any notion of the projection of a national identity as a desirable literary goal (as did his contemporary, John Updike, for example)--is unclear. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. Alfred Kazin, among other critics, took the harsh view, characterizing Salinger's audience as "the vast number who have been released by our society to think of themselves as endlessly sensitive, spiritually alone, [and] gifted, and whose suffering lies in the narrowing of their consciousness to themselves.". Something always happens. I love the metaphor when he says he wants to be "the catcher in the rye" on the baseball so in case the kids fell he could catch them. 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But Holden’s rejection of the Dickens novel as “crap” signals that Holden’s role as a narrator will reject the trappings of the traditional coming-of-age story. Did not Catcher seem like the sort of book that might do well in the new format? You can’t afford to lose a minute. Numerous youthful acquaintances remember him as sardonic, rant-prone, a loner. Many of those novels are still fresh in my mind! The critic Alan Nadel--noting that the Cold War blossomed in the period between 1946 when, for unknown reasons, Salinger withdrew from publication a 90-page version of the book, and 1951, when it was published--interestingly saw in Holden, not so much heroic nonconformity, as a reflection of McCarthyism. 0000038300 00000 n That is because my students saw Holden as a limited character, a bitter figure of wealth and privilege whining his way to the point of misery and despondency. Which means he can’t have sex with her – “I felt more depressed than sexy, if you want to know the truth.” Salinger characterized himself as "a dash man and not a miler"; and indeed, though Catcher's opening explodes with life, the whole reads like a novella that only just managed to shed its diminutive. Where Salinger fought in some of the bloodiest and most senseless campaigns of World War II and apparently suffered a nervous breakdown toward its end, shortly after which--while still in Europe--he is known to have been working on Catcher--it is hardly surprising that Holden's reactions should evoke not only adolescent turmoil but also the awful seesaw of a vet's return to civilian life. I felt like the character was speaking to me. He didn't mingle much with the other guests [at their Daytona Beach hotel]. Moreover, in 1956, some dam in critical interest seemed to burst. I’m teaching Catcher in the Rye for the umpteenth time, and every year the kids are fixated on this one point: Is Mr. Antolini gay? Many features of the narrative--the obsession with control in its rhetorical patterns, as well as its preoccupation with duplicity and compulsion to "name names"--bespoke, for Nadel, a psychic imprisonment in which the performance of truth-telling could never yield truth. "Well, anyway. "Tomorrow's Sunday," I told her. A poignant part of Salinger's genius seems, in any case, to include the way that he transmuted--as he perhaps felt he had to--his particular issues and injuries into a more enigmatic "autobiography" of alienation. I first read it when I was a sophomore in high school, and loved it then. (Psst… if the following lines don’t do enough to back up this sentiment, read what advertising extraordinaire, David Ogilvy, had to say on the matter.) ] asked me what I thought that might explain the way he acted much-loved... 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