The mystic in the rye

Louis A. Ruprecht for Religion Dispatches:

“While Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger died more than a month ago, on January 27, it is still difficult for me to talk about him in the past tense. I expect that his books have something to do with that—the way they play with time.

Yet as the accolades multiplied in the days after his demise, one thing that struck me was the almost telephoto-focus on a single novel, his 1951 classic, The Catcher in the Rye. And the most important thing to observe about The Catcher in the Rye, is that it is the only non-explicitly religious book Salinger, a restless religious seeker, ever wrote.”

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    Great summary here. Despite all the hype about The Catcher and the Rye, Salinger’s real masterpiece was Franny and Zooey.

    Sam Candler

  2. I agree, Sam. Franny and Zooey was my favorite book for much of my adult life. Zooey’s question–how are you going to recognize a legitimate holy man when you see one if you can’t tell a cup of consecrated chicken soup when it is sitting right in front of you–still resonates with me. And the Fat Lady, is Christ himself.

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