Monday, February 8, 2010

Now reading: The Catcher in the Rye

It's Monday and I'm in the middle of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  Sadly, the literary world recently lost one of its celebrated authors as Salinger passed away at the age of 91 on Jan 27, 2010.  An article on him was published in The Star newspaper. I haven't read it yet...therefore, I'm sort of bookmarking it here!

Anyway, I'm actually reading the novel as it's one of the required readings in my English class. I had the novel a long time but haven't read it yet. So now's the chance for me to bring down my stack of TBRs, which never seem to reduce.

Check out the various covers of the novel below.  I'm not sure of the years they were published but I do know that the red one (most right) was the first edition cover!  And it's being reprinted.  I prefer it much more than the boring white one I have now.

Simply modest cover

Actually, I'm only halfway through Chapter 3. During class, the lecturer mentioned that Holden Caulfield suffers from a mental illness and can never stick to one topic during the narration of the story. He is also known to use crass language and likes to call some people phony. He's a pretty colourful character, so I'm really looking forward to the rest of the book.

This post is part of the weekly event, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? It used to be hosted by J. Kaye but now the new host is One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.


  1. It's an interesting novel. I read it for the first time last year (And I'm not a big fan of "coming-of-age" type novels..but I can see how it is required reading. And interesting story, all told.

  2. I have never read The Catcher in the Rye, but the first cover that you posted (the one with the girl running away from the boy) makes me want to read it now. Perhaps because I'm intrigued by old book covers?

    Enjoy your reading this week!

  3. I read The Catcher In The Rye in the 80's, I do not recall what the cover was. It is a book that sty with the reader. Enjoy! My Monday:

  4. I havent read it but I would like to. I like the first cover tot he left best.

  5. Lydia: It's great that you liked something you didn't expect to like! Yeah, I feel that it's a good choice for our readings.

    Hannah: I'm influenced by covers sometimes. :) And I also think that old book covers look better than new ones. Sort of more colourful in a way.

    Jennifer: Wow, that's like 30 years ago. Do you ever feel like re-reading it? :)

    Sheila: Do read it and let me know what you think!

  6. I haven't read this book yet. Though, now with Salinger's death, it's inspired me to read this novel finally.

  7. Lauren: Hope you enjoy the book! :)

  8. I have the last "simple" edition of the book. I think I like that one the best

    It's a very interesting book, which I enjoyed when I was a teenager. Not quite sure whether I would like it as much now


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