Book review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite all controversial reviews about this book, I really liked it.

What intrigues me is why this book is considered as a “banned” one.

According to Wiki, “in 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired for assigning the novel in class; he was later reinstated. Between 1961 and 1982, The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the United States. The book was banned in the Issaquah, Washington, high schools in 1978 as being part of an “overall communist plot.” In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States. According to the American Library Association, The Catcher in the Rye was the tenth most frequently challenged book from 1990 to 1999. It was one of the ten most challenged books of 2005, and although it had been off the list for three years, it reappeared in the list of most challenged books of 2009.”

Some other critics claim that “several shootings have been associated with the novel.” It is hard to believe but everything is possible nowadays.

The only authorized film adaptation of Salinger’s work is based on his short-story “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut”, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, with Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward.

Due to the filmmakers’ infidelity, any movie version was made based on the present book, see this interesting article on this subject: IFILM: The Internet Movie Guide.

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