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January 28th, 2010
04:25 pm


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RIP J.D. Salinger
Though J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was vastly more well known, and I did read it, my mother had Franny and Zooey on her bookshelf, so I read that also, and I just wanted to say that I found it much more touching and compelling than Catcher and I hope people still read it too.

As a teenager, I guess it was mostly the sense of connection to Franny as a person who found existence confusing and sometimes depressing, yet went on trying to understand. There's a family thing too. It's been a long time since I read it.

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Date:January 28th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Catcher is by a long yard Salinger's worst major published work. "Franny and Zooey" is easily his best, and I'll take any of the Glass family stories over Catcher, any day of the week.
Date:January 28th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)


I read several of the stories in a collection of his that may have been called just *Nine Stories.* He was brilliant with the short stuff. I can't even remember if I finished *Catcher* and have never held a copy of *Franny and Zooey* in my hands. Well, it's not too late.

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Date:January 29th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
The only story I read of his was Catcher. I was an angry 17-year-old and I felt a pretty strong connection to Holden Caulfield. Though I've never read any of his other works, I'll always be grateful for Catcher In The Rye. Thank you, Mr. Salinger. Rest in peace.
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