Thursday, August 4, 1994

The Catcher in the Rye

Today was a landmark day in the UK for a book I loved in my teens that had been anglicized and censored ever since it's original publication there.
One the things I loved about it was the sense of alienation that was so well portrayed by J.D.  Salinger in Holden Caulfield, the "you can't really trust" feel bit it teachers, parents or other authority figures and in any event what do they really know?
Holden cares deeply about children, seeing himself as a saviour of them and in many other respects his social ineptitude, impulsiveness and self doubt underscore a lack of maturation although he'd never see it that way.
Some days I feel that way, lost in the adult world.

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