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Explain why JD Salinger included this quote in The Catcher in the Rye: "What really...
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Explain why JD Salinger included this quote in The Catcher in the Rye: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though."
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On the one hand, this quote appears rather early in the book, at a point when we are just getting to know Holden. The quote speaks to his sense of alienation and his desire to connect with like-minded, authentic people (and contempt for those who are "phony.") But on another level, it is difficult not to make the connection with Salinger himself. Few books have elicited the type of emotional reaction that The Catcher in the Rye has over the years. Many readers, especially younger readers, have strongly identified with Holden, and seen Salinger as an author who spoke uniquely to them. Yet few authors have been as reclusive and mysterious as Salinger, who very rarely gave interviews or made public appearances. So the quote, in a way, is eerily prescient in terms of what The Catcher and the Rye and its author have meant to readers.
Posted by rrteacher on June 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM (Answer #1)
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