Author: J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)
First Published: 1951
My Edition: Little, Brown Books (seen at left)
Other Works Include: Nine Stories (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961), Raise High the Roof Beam (1963)
This is another re-read for me. Salinger's novel was required reading as part of my high school's eleventh grade curriculum. Had I not read it then, I doubt I ever would have. Just knowing what it is about wouldn't have appealed to me then.
But I am glad we read it. As a high schooler, I really loved the angsty Holden Caufield. I related to him and found a lot of similarities between how he viewed the world and how I viewed it. However, I was one of a few students in my class that liked the novel when we finished it. A lot of my classmates found Holden to be whiny and annoying.
I have heard that when people who loved this novel as a teenager re-read it at an older age, they hate it. I hope that doesn't happen, since I have always considered this one of my "favorites."
In any case, I am looking forward to my second dabble into Salinger. I own a copy of Franny and Zooey, but haven't read it.