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"The Catcher in the Rye"
 

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First of all, not particularly surprisng at 91. Second, most overrated book of all time except for maybe On The Road by Kerouac.
Overrated will be for the critics to debate. I happen to love it and believe it has deservedly stood the test of time (written in 1951). But I don't think anyone could argue w/its stance as being influential.
 

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Overrated will be for the critics to debate. I happen to love it and believe it has deservedly stood the test of time (written in 1951). But I don't think anyone could argue w/its stance as being influential.
I'm not a big fan of the whole Disaffected Youth genre.

I do, however, give him a lot of credit for not spending his entire life basking in the glory of this book and being fawned over by grad students who want to tell him how wonderful he was. Lots of authors make a life out of that and I appreciate the fact that he just wanted to be left alone.
 

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I'm not a big fan of the whole Disaffected Youth genre.

I do, however, give him a lot of credit for not spending his entire life basking in the glory of this book and being fawned over by grad students who want to tell him how wonderful he was. Lots of authors make a life out of that and I appreciate the fact that he just wanted to be left alone.
The Greta Garbo of the literary world....
 

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It's said that he's written a lot of books during his 50 year retreat. We'll see. Hope so. I also enjoyed his stories about the Glass family that were published in The New Yorker and "To Esmé with Love & Squalor"

 
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