Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Death of J.D. Salinger

This past week, J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. It doesn't appear that his death was caused by anything other than natural causes. But the notice of his death made me starting thinking if I have ever read a book by Mr. Salinger. To be honest, I don't think I have. His most well know piece of work, "The Catcher in the Rye," has not been something that I have read or had the opportunity to read. I may be one of the only people that I know of that did not have to read that book in high school. Since I have not yet read this book, I do want to make a point to read this book during my journey through 75 books by the end of the year.

Mr. Salinger seemed to be someone who did not enjoy the spotlight - at least from everything I have read. He almost seemed to be kind of agoraphobic. He seemed to want to leave his life completely unknown to the outside world, getting angry at those who wanted to write biographies about him. He seemed to want to just write without worrying that his readers would want to know about the man behind the words.

I know that there are many other works besides his most well known work. If any of you have ever read any Salinger books, let me know which ones I need to check out.

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