Friday, January 29, 2010


The reclusive and iconic author JD Salinger died yesterday. Salinger's best-known novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has become one of the most frequently discussed books in any conversation about censorship and book banning. It would be difficult to overstate the impact of the novel. It's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is so well and distinctly developed that The Onion is able to write a fake obituary that uses Holden's voice. You don't often get a voice that recognizable emerging from a novel.

If you read Catcher, either in school or on your own, use your blog post to write about your thoughts on it, your reactions to it. If you've not read it, use your post to write about a book you read in a class, any book, that was the most influential one you can remember.

1 comment:

  1. The first book that comes into my head when thinking about the most influential book I have had to read from a English class would be the book They Cage the Animals at Night. Usually when I have to read a book I don’t necessarily enjoy it as much as I have this book. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch is a true story about a boys struggle after being abandoned and having to go from abusive foster homes to foster homes. Just knowing that this book was based on a true story and reading what all a little boy had to go through at such a young age kept my attention to where I couldn’t put it down until I found out what was going to happen to him next. I will admit I pretty much cried (balled) throughout the whole book, which is rare for me, it was that good.
    I think this book influenced me the most because it was based on a true story. It made me realize that even when I think my life sucks that I should be lucky that I do have a family and a good life compared to some people. Also, it made me realize that there are a lot of challenges in the world but with motivation you can always overcome those obstacles.