As younger readers, we complain about having to read the classics, but (especially if you’re an English major) you thank your stars that someone forced you to read them! The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliette, Moby Dick- they’re classics for a reason. They mean something in our culture, and we’re still talking about them years after their publication. To get a lot of cultural references, you have to know about these books, even if it’s just a Wiki-based knowledge.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is one of those books that EVERYONE knows and talks about.
It’s a favorite coming of age tale. I have an English professor that gives it to each member of his family when they become a teenager. It’s a staple in classic and YA literature. People have posters of the cover and talk about how Holden Caufield is SO them!
And… I’ve never read it.
It wasn’t taught in my school! I just really want to read it because I need to know what all of the fuss is about. But it’s sat on my TBR shelf forever and ever. Maybe I’d really love it and want to teach it in the classroom. It’s clearly a novel that appeals to teenagers.
HOWEVER! I think now is an opportune time for me to start the novel because a movie about Salinger is coming out, and I’d like to have some primary knowledge of his work before I see it. Apparently, they’ve found FIVE new manuscripts that will be published posthumously. Isn’t it awesome when classic lit gets a moment in pop culture fan fare?
I just have to find time to fit it into my schedule with the other billions of things I have to read for classes…
- J.D. Salinger’s Estate to Publish 5 New Books (newsy.com)
- CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger. (readbitchesread.wordpress.com)
- Catcher In The Rye – Ten Years Later (thestarboardlibrary.wordpress.com)
- To read or not to read? (eyeoflynx.wordpress.com)
- 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 23 (swimlindsey.wordpress.com)