Taking a Moment to Mourn Salinger

J.D. Salinger, celebrated and reclusive author, dies at age 91, as reported in Boston Globe and many other news sources.

I still remember reading Catcher in the Rye as a high school student in Taiwan.  I read the Chinese translation, of course.  And I don’t think I quite “got” the book — partly because the portrayed culture was so foreign to me and I suspect that some meanings might have lost in the translation.  Still, I treasured the book and the almost outlandish experience I had encountering the book.  Years later, when I started work on my Master’s in children’s lit at Simmons College, I re-read the book in English and was delighted to fall in love with it again.  My teen, NYC independent school students still read and are moved by the tale of Holden — more than half a century after its publication (in 1951.)

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