Jan 28, 2010

RIP J.D.Salinger

RIP J.D. Salinger
1919-2010

At 91, at home, and from natural causes is not a bad way to go, I know, but it saddens me to think someone who has given me so much is no longer in the world. I've never really posted about my love for Salinger here, I don't think, mostly because I read and re-read him before I started this blog. But he's one of my favourite authors. The Catcher on the Rye was one of the first classics I ever truly connected with, and after that I devoured the rest of his books and stories in a matter of months, and loved them all. They meant the world to me then, and still do now.

I think I'll go re-read "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" for the hundredth time as a tribute. Rest in peace, Salinger. And thank you.

23 comments:

  1. I need to reread Catcher. I read it once in 2001 and I don't remember it at all, which makes me really sad.

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  2. My husband just told me about this, how sad. Such an icon in the literary world.

    RIP Salinger :)

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  3. Oh, so sad. I liked Catcher in the Rye, too. I should reread it. Or read some other book by him.

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  4. I feel really bad now. I have just read this and written my post for next week and I really didn't like The Catcher in the Rye. I am so sorry.

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  5. I've been out and about and away from media, so I had no idea. How sad for us, but like you said, not a bad way to go.

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  6. I am so disappointed. I thought one day he'd come out of seclusion with a bright, new book in his hand saying that now all the secrecy could be over. It won't be the same kind of satisfaction even if some posthumous manuscripts turn up.

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  7. I hadn't heard. :( I'm rereading The Catcher in the Rye right now (in fact, was reading it just five minutes ago) for school. Figured we'd start with that book this quarter as it's one I'm already familiar with. You're right, 91-years-old and dying of natural causes, that's not a bad way to go. But all those left behind, touched by him in ways big and small, are bound to be sad. *hugs*

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  8. Yes, very sad indeed. I read Catcher in the Rye for the first time when I was thirteen. I still have the very same copy now, at 40, that I had then, and it is well-worn and much loved. He is also one of my favorite authors, even though I don't often say so...my love of Salinger's work feels personal in a way it doesn't for other authors.

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  9. I posted about my love of Catcher today, but unfortunately I have not read further into his work. I'm feeling a mad urge to try Franny and Zooey all of a sudden.

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  10. Where is my tattered copy of Franny and Zooey? I need a quick dose of all the Glass family.

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  11. RIP - I was actually shocked when I heard this... Catcher In The Rye is one of my all time favourite books, and I can read it time and again, and love it every single time. I love Holden Caulfield to bits...

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  12. Oh no. I woke up this morning and of course the first thing I check is my blog and google reader so I read about this first here in your blog. How sad. I read the Catcher in the Rye when I was about 14 and it was very important to me at the time. Rest in Peace J.D.

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  13. I think I've read Catcher in the Rye about 3 times, which to me is significant because I'm not typically a re-reader. What a sad loss for the literary community.

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  14. Oh no, this is so sad. I haven't read any of Salinger's books but I have heard a lot about them, for sure. RIP.

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  15. This has made me very melancholy too; such literary heavyweights have been lost over the last few years and I'm still saddened over the death of Kurt Vonnegut.

    I first read Catcher in the Rye as a voracious ten-year-old reader and I may not have understood it all but Salinger was instantly a favourite.

    I was only thinking a few days ago that I must finally read Franny & Zooey and I'm ashamed of myself for not picking it up sooner, for not picking it up until it bore a bigger significance, in memory of the author.

    Okay, now I am off to bed with F&Z.

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  16. RIP Salinger! You will be missed!

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  17. Oh wow I hadn't heard about this, thanks for sharing. I've only ever read Catcher in the Rye by Salinger but I enjoyed it.

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  18. Nymeth - Good way to go, indeed. Thanks for the link to Bananafish. It has been a long time since I read it and it is a marvel. I need to read more of Salinger's stories.

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  19. Catcher in the Rye was definitely one of the best books I've read in high school. I definitely need to go back and reread it soon. I would also like to read more of his stuff. I'm glad he got to live a very long life.

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  20. I was so saddened by this. Holden Caufield. He's one of my very favorite literary characters. And Catcher is one of my very favorite classics.

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  21. I need to read Catcher too. Salinger's book has been in my TBR for so long. And now he's gone.

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  22. I, too, am very sad that he has gone. I think the world lost a great talent. I have heard that there may be some hidden works that were never published, and that makes me both sad and somewhat excited. What do you think? Have you heard anything about this?

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