Dear Mr. Salinger

Dear Mr. Salinger,

I know you’re dead for 5 years, but maybe the letter will be send to you by god or Jesus. However I would like to thank you for writing The catcher in the rye. I had to read it in my English lesson, reading in class is not my favourite thing to do and to read such classic books isn’t not my cup of tea too. Nevertheless I must tell you that this book is one of my favourites books now. Especially in English, really. Maybe it sounds hypocritical but in German Holden’s informal language annoyed me, It’s strange what language is able to change, isn’t it?

The best example is Holden. At the beginning I had the opinion he will be one of these pessimistic, lazy protagonists that are complaining about everything. But in the course of the story I learned that Holden is just a teenager who won’t become an adult. Like me. I understand Holden really well. I’ve never to change school or have a brother or sister, but sometimes my flatmates are also so a little bit touchy. To do conservations with people who are not real friends or do school work that doesn’t seem important. It doesn’t interest anybody except the teachers. The worse part is to feel like a extraterrestrial creature that is not grown up on this planet like the others.

This book helped me to deal with my life at the moment. Despite the simple history but three days can be a long time and in these three books days the reader gets impressions of his old teenagertime. I am sure many people hat the same problems like Holden without the hospital.

On the other side there is one thing I don’t understand. Why do you created Sally like she is? I mean she’s just the opposite of Holden. I know she was fallen in love at him, but why Holden wanted to drive away. I know you’re a very good writer why you create that‘ so stereotypical. I mean, I hope there’s none in the world that’s so stereotypical… I would like to know why Sally hat not get an issue in her character. An issue that doesn’t seem like the beautiful, dump, teenage girl.

Additionally I wanted to say that I would like to have a sister like Phoebe. She’s great. I like her. I have the feeling that she’s not one of the other persons on Holden’s world.She really loves Holden. There fore I love the scene where Holden waited of Phoebe to bid her good-bye. It’s very corny but she reacted like a real little sister would. It’s just so realistic.

To sum up I like to thank you again. I think you were a very good writer. Have a nice time in heaven. Keep on writing, if you can

Yours sincerely,

Little supporter in mind.

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10 Kommentare

  1. cool that you felt the difference between English and German, that’s why I prefer reading English written novels. BTW last year three early works – The Young Folks, Go See Eddie and Once a Week Won’t Kill You –were published.2 books more to come…post mortem 😉

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    1. It was a long journey, but I know I get the difference.

      The next point is to improve my speaking skills 😦

      I have to admit that reading novels in English can be helpful, but I the last tweo books were awful. German Translater, are so good… and I don’t like most of the English Covers :/

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