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The Catcher in the Rye says J.D. Sallinger must die! [rip J.D. Salinger]

JokermanJokerman V.Vaughn, The Vaudeville VilnianRegistered User regular
edited January 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
The Seminal author of "The Catcher in the Rye" has passed away at the ripe age of 91.
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AP Article wrote:
NEW YORK — J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.


Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

"The Catcher in the Rye," with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made "Catcher" a featured selection, advised that for "anyone who has ever brought up a son" the novel will be "a source of wonder and delight — and concern."

Enraged by all the "phonies" who make "me so depressed I go crazy," Holden soon became American literature's most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel's sales are astonishing — more than 60 million copies worldwide — and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams — to never grow up.

Salinger was writing for adults, but teenagers from all over identified with the novel's themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy, not to mention the luck of having the last word. "Catcher" presents the world as an ever-so-unfair struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of elders, a message that only intensified with the oncoming generation gap.

:(

I dont know about any of y'all, but this is extremely heartbreaking.

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  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

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  • OctoparrotOctoparrot Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

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  • JokermanJokerman V.Vaughn, The Vaudeville Vilnian Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

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  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

    Weekend at J.D's?

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  • denihilistdenihilist Ancient and Mighty Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2010
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

    He went to see the latest Terminator movie and loved it.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I don't recall much of it now, as it's been over a decade, but I do recall enjoying Catcher in the Rye when I read it in high school.

    RIP indeed.

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  • mrt144mrt144 King of the Numbernames Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    denihilist wrote: »
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

    He went to see the latest Terminator movie and loved it.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ4B7G8Rw3Q

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  • jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Read Catcher in the Rye in high school during my senior year... late 03, early 04. The book seemed just as relevant now as I imagine it was then. That's quality writing.

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  • CauldCauld Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

    Maybe this is what "Finding Forrester" was losely based on. (not the befriending an inner city baseketball player/writer part. The shut in who wrote the great american novel part)

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Shit. :(

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I was just thinking of Salinger/Catcher in the Rye today, because I realized Mark David Chapman is up for parole again this year. It sucks that such a genius work of literature was used as a reason for murder.

    R.I.P., Salinger.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Since he's been in seclusion so long I wonder what writing will be unearthed by his estate

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Since he's been in seclusion so long I wonder what writing will be unearthed by his estate

    It will be revealed that J.D. Salinger and J.K. Rowlings are actually the same person.

    edit: I really do wonder, and have wondered for years, if Salinger had published anything under a pseudonym all this time. I wouldn't be surprised if he had, and I wouldn't be surprised if we never find out.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Cauld wrote: »
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    RIP.

    Although 91 years and 61 million copies ain't that heartbreaking.

    And it'll probably be the first time he's left his house in decades. Sounds like a quirky movie in the making.

    Maybe this is what "Finding Forrester" was losely based on. (not the befriending an inner city baseketball player/writer part. The shut in who wrote the great american novel part)

    I thought it was pretty clear that Connery's character was based on Salinger. At least, that's what I assumed the moment I saw it.

    Of course, the movie is so devoid of subtlety they could have based it on Stephen King.

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  • KazhiimKazhiim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

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  • WMain00WMain00 Registered User
    edited January 2010
    Peculiarly I thought he was already dead.

    Poor Salinger. RIP.

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  • KazhiimKazhiim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    Drez wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

    I... I might have

    maybe

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  • PantsBPantsB Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    D:

    Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes is the best short story I've ever read. I can't decide on a favorite novel by Catcher is up there. A real loss

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  • dlinfinitidlinfiniti Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

    I... I might have

    maybe

    damn phonies

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  • ChanusChanus I've seen things... Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Thank you.

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  • HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Howard Zinn, JD Salinger

    we need one more famous author to complete the Rule of Three.

    My money is on Gore Vidal.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Hachface wrote: »
    Howard Zinn, JD Salinger

    we need one more famous author to complete the Rule of Three.

    My money is on Gore Vidal.

    I'm hoping for Stephanie Meyer... because I just want to see her name mentioned in conjunction with two literary greats.

    And I want her dead.

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  • JokermanJokerman V.Vaughn, The Vaudeville Vilnian Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Chanus wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Thank you.

    Go be wrong someplace else. This isnt the thread for this.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    So you are saying it was an accurate description of teenage behavior.

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  • ClipseClipse Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Drez wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

    Man, A Separate Peace was way better than Catcher in the Rye. Also, The Great Gatsby.

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  • GreeperGreeper Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Time for a memorial Ghost in the Shell marathon

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  • LucidLucid Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim you are such a phony

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Clipse wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

    Man, A Separate Peace was way better than Catcher in the Rye. Also, The Great Gatsby.

    Wait, Gatsby as in good or Gatsby as in the most god awful self absorbed narcissistic piece of crap the planet had seen until the baby boomers came of age?

    Catcher in the Rye was excellent, as was a significant amount of Sallinger's other works. I'd say he'll be missed, but he's already been missed so I'm not sure that would be accurate.

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  • AbdhyiusAbdhyius Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I am a teenager and read Catcher in the Rye out of free will (because of Conspiracy Theory, if you wanna know)

    And I really liked it.

    It's impossible not to identify with Holden. Also since it was written by an adult and not an emo kid it had a great ending.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Clipse wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    Why am I not surprised you have a silly goose of an opinion on this, Kazhiim.

    I bet you liked A Separate Peace, too.

    Man, A Separate Peace was way better than Catcher in the Rye. Also, The Great Gatsby.

    You're the silliest silly silly goose that ever laid a silly goosen egg you silly silly goose.

    Because A Separate Peace may be the worst book in existence.

    I'm being COMPLETELY HONEST when I say I:

    a) Read the first Twilight book,
    b) Enjoyed it more than A Separate Peace, and
    c) Thought it had more literary merit than A Separate Peace.

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  • mrt144mrt144 King of the Numbernames Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Abdhyius wrote: »
    I am a teenager and read Catcher in the Rye out of free will (because of Conspiracy Theory, if you wanna know)

    And I really liked it.

    It's impossible not to identify with Holden. Also since it was written by an adult and not an emo kid it had a great ending.

    It really DOES resonate with teenagers, but at the same time it's not good just because it resonates.

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  • _J__J_ Pedant Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    This makes me sad.

    Catcher in the Rye is fantastic.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Greeper wrote: »
    Time for a memorial Ghost in the Shell marathon

    I was just thinking that.

    But no. Instead, I think what I'll do is, I'll pretend I'm one of those deaf-mutes.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kazhiim wrote: »
    Catcher in the Rye was the worst book I was ever forced to read in highschool

    Holden Cryfield, anybody?

    What a flit.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Why are we disgracing Mr. Sallinger's thread by mentioning A Seperate Peace.

    Fuck that book, seriously.

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  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    PantsB wrote: »
    D:

    Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes is the best short story I've ever read. I can't decide on a favorite novel by Catcher is up there. A real loss

    Sad yes, but not really a loss since he hasn't published anything for years. As for Catcher in the Rye, I think it is one of the most accessible books in the high school canon (at least for a guy). It is pretty short and funny. I was amazed to be reminded that the book was published in 1951.

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  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010

    I was amazed to be reminded that the book was published in 1951.

    I was shocked when I realized Salinger was 91. Thanks to the fact that there's only a few old pictures of him out there, I always assumed he was younger.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    http://www.theonion.com/content/news/bunch_of_phonies_mourn_j_d
    CORNISH, NH—In this big dramatic production that didn't do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud. "He had a real impact on the literary world and on millions of readers," said hot-shot English professor David Clarke, who is just like the rest of them, and even works at one of those crumby schools that rich people send their kids to so they don't have to look at them for four years. "There will never be another voice like his." Which is exactly the lousy kind of goddamn thing that people say, because really it could mean lots of things, or nothing at all even, and it's just a perfect example of why you should never tell anybody anything.

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  • _J__J_ Pedant Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    Couscous wrote: »
    http://www.theonion.com/content/news/bunch_of_phonies_mourn_j_d
    CORNISH, NH—In this big dramatic production that didn't do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud. "He had a real impact on the literary world and on millions of readers," said hot-shot English professor David Clarke, who is just like the rest of them, and even works at one of those crumby schools that rich people send their kids to so they don't have to look at them for four years. "There will never be another voice like his." Which is exactly the lousy kind of goddamn thing that people say, because really it could mean lots of things, or nothing at all even, and it's just a perfect example of why you should never tell anybody anything.

    That is perfect.

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