A Conversation for The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

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One of the things you could mention is the context of the time when the book appeared. Although it's still a very popular book, I think it's probably lost some of the power it had in the 1950s. This was before "teenagers" had really been created as a marketing audience and a distinct age group - children became adults without being thought of as some intermediate category first.

You mention the book has a lot of bad language - which I don't think is the case, but in the 1950s the language would probably have seemed a lot stronger.

In many ways the book was a first - with the number of similar books and TV shows concerned with this sort of teenage disillusion now, it's probably hard for us to realise why it created such a stir upon its publication.


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