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J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010 - F. Brett Cox

Jan. 29th, 2010

12:39 pm - J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010

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Date:February 1st, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for this, Brett. It's so fashionable to sneer at Salinger's work, dismiss it as juvenile or passe. I reread Catcher for the first time since adolescence a few years ago. To say it held up is an understatement. It's of course impossible to recapture the freshness of the prose, because that voice, like Hemingway's, has by now completely permeated popular culture. But in a way, that makes the power of the novel all the more evident, because it still works, even when you're not dazzled and enraptured by that voice.
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