I’m not completely sure how old I was when I read The Catcher In the Rye. It was somewhere between the ages of 18 – 21.
I wouldn’t list it as my favourite book of all time, although I know many do. I just wanted to read it to see what all the fuss was about.
Hearing of JD Salinger’s death, I tried to remember when I’d read it. And despite that exact knowledge escaping my memory, what I am struck by is how well I remember Holden Caulfield.
I have decided that I definitely need to revisit the book, so a re read is on the cards once my current work deadline has been reached and the pressure I’m under now has eased.
I could also remember the gist of one of favourite quotes from the book, so I thought I’d look it up and share;
What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a goodbye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad goodbye or a bad goodbye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse. – JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I am very sorely tempted to go dig my copy out and start reading now. Alas, duty calls.