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JD Salinger – On Living and Existing

Have you ever heard of the infamous and legendary character, Holden Caulfield? If yes is your answer, then you might be one of the many who followed the work of JD Salinger. JD Salinger tested the minds of the young with his classic novel and proved his work is timeless.

JD Salinger was an American writer who is known for his widely-read novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success in publishing short stories and Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final original work in 1965 and gave his last interview in 1980.

JD Salinger’s ability to capture the essence of human experience is unparalleled. Through his evocative prose and keen observations, he delves into the intricate complexities of adolescence and the human condition. The characters he creates, like the enigmatic Holden Caulfield, resonate with readers on a profound level. Salinger’s work is a testament to the enduring power of literature to connect us across time and space. His words serve as a bridge, reminding us that the struggles and triumphs of youth are universal, transcending generations. It’s this timeless quality that ensures Salinger’s legacy continues to thrive, inspiring new generations of readers to explore the depths of their own existence through the pages of his novels.

Here are some snippets of his works;

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

“I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Every letter has an effect on someone. The letter from his school to his parents changed his perception. It might be just a letter but it became a beacon of Holden’s immersion to the world.

JD Salinger
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