Thoughts on J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, from Pat Austin, And so it goes in Shreveport :
J. D. Salinger was not my favorite author ever, but I’m sorry he has died . I teach Catcher in the Rye to my students each year and they really like it. I used to teach A Separate Peace which I kind of like, but the kids hated it.
They always kind of get into Catcher in the Rye. I’d venture to say that the profanity is what catches their eye at first! “What! The TEACHER is letting us read this?!” Prostitutes?! Underage drinking?! Wow!
Catcher is not the great American novel, but is the come of age novel. Salinger wrote one great novel, and Obama gave one great speech, in 2002