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J.D. Salinger

Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by tommm, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. tommm

    tommm New Member

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    There was a big thread about "catcher in the rye" not long ago but i was wondering if anyone has read any of salinger's other books and what do you think of them?
     
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    I have read, to the best of my knowledge, all of his other works. Long ago, when I was a freshman in high school, I wrote a research paper on him. I wanted to write the paper on him cause I knew my mother would have to take me to the downtown library to read all his short stories published in magazines as well. They are great works... in my opinion. Nine Stories would be my first pick after The Catcher in the Rye.

    Have you read any of his other publications? Are you thinking about it? If you have what did you think... what did you think of Catcher?
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  3. Shade

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    The dialogue in A Perfect Day for Bananafish (the first story in Nine Stories, which is published in the UK as For Esmé - With Love and Squalor, and other stories) is just perfect, and Salinger is a master at italicising stresses in speech which imparts the meaning brilliantly.

    I too have read all his other stuff, though that's not saying much, as it consists of Catcher, Franny & Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters!/Seymour: An Introduction, three slim volumes. I think it helps to develop an attachment to his stuff at a youngish reading age, say late teens or early 20s. I'm not sure how his stuff would stand up if reading it for the first time later in life.

    Of course what we really want to know is whether Salinger has been writing for the last 40 years - and if so, whether there will be some major publication of his work after his death.
     
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    I've read Franny and Zooey which considering it's just two conversations is a fantastic book. Really enjoyed it. Nine Stories is on my bedside table at the moment. I've read the first three so far. A certain boy wizard interupted my reading.
     
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    Franny and Zooey and Nine Stories so far, Raise the Roofbeams + Seymour: An Introduction aren't available at the bookstore by me and so I have to wait. :p Both were very good, I agree with what Shade said about italics and how that enhanced the diologue. I like Salinger a lot. :)
     
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    Salinger

    A lot of people on here weren't very satisfied with Catcher in the Rye. Just out of curiousity, have you read any of his other works? If so, what did you think? If not, were there elements of Catcher that you did enjoy?
     
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    I didn't find Catcher all that special. I didn't hate it, really, I just think it's over-rated. I thought some of it was good, well the whole story was good really, just not written in a way that made me identify with all the millions of readers who loved it. I liked the beginning, and the end, and the descriptions of him in the school, talking to the other boys, and when he went to see his ex-teacher.

    I haven't read any others of Salingers, and don't think I would to be honest, though we never know. I'm not ruling him out.
     
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    I haven't read any other books by JD Salinger; I only read Catcher in the Rye due to all the supposed controversy surrounding the book. I didn't think it was a bad read or anything, just not as interesting as I'd been expecting. I thought it would be a really violent shocking read or something, so when I finally finished it, my main reaction was, "Huh...?". :rolleyes:
     
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    Angerbal and Steffee:

    You simply found the book to be overrated? It didn't live up to your expectations?
     
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    Yes, I found it over-rated. I wouldn't say I didn't like it, or I thought it was a lousy read; it's just that I expected alot more.
     
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    yea, i'm not gonna lie. i felt the same way after reading Catcher in the Rye. I found that I perferred Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey most deffinitely. I dunno, I just had higher expectations for a book that was supposed to be so controversial.
     
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    RIP J.D. Salinger


    Regarding Catcher in the Rye, a poster on another forum summed it up eloquently I think:

     
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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    I love The Onion.
     
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    I want to say they ran that story years before his death.
    They'll do that.
    The Onion, that is.
    When you get a good idea for a celebrity obituary, you can't wait around for the person to die.
     
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    I read catcher in the rye when I was over 40...and so I wasn't impressed. It was a terrible book. Maybe it was my age, but I just didn't get it.
     

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