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'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

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J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.


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Comment by Lola Flores
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 I hated Catcher in The Rye

Comment by Anonymous
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 Throughout my schoolyears - and I was pretty much a straight A student - I think I was required to read Catcher 2 or 3 times. I never got through it and my grades suffered.  It took me close to 20 years to figure out why.  Salinger. Hemingway too.  The book sucked.  Just that simple.  The pseudo-intellectuals of the 50s and 60s or whenever praised it for g*d knows why.  They had their reasons.  The bottom line is as literature or as a book it just sucked, bottom line.  I could not get through the book because it sucked.  I read Atlas Shrugged in 3 days.  I read the Hobbit in 3 days.  I read Dune in 3 days.  They did not suck. Most, but not all of Hemingway is unbearably sucky as well.  Maybe it had an urban chic-y view of hardened frontier life back whenever.  But it's BARELY tolerable literature.  Tolstoy's stories about Cossaks kicks Hemingway's as* anyday of the week.  Gatsby's author (forgot name because literature was so unmemorable) was barely tolerable such that I actually remember the story, but am completely neutral on it.