"You know that
song 'If a body catch a body comin'
through the rye'?
"It's 'If a
body meet a body coming through the
rye'!" old Phoebe
said. "It's a
poem. By Robert Burns."
"I know it's a
poem by Robert Burns."
She was right,
though. It is "If a body meet a body
the rye." I didn't know it then,
it was 'If a body catch a body,'" I
"Anyway, I keep picturing
all these little kids playing some
game in this big field of rye and all.
Thousands of little kids, and
nobody's around--nobody big, I
mean--except me. And I'm standing on
the edge of some crazy cliff.
What I have to do, I have to catch
everybody if they start to go
over the cliff--I mean if they're
running and they don't look where
they're going I have to come out
from somewhere and catch them.
That's all I'd do all day. I'd just
be the catcher in the rye
I know it's crazy, but
that's the only thing I'd really
Holden Caulfield wanting to save children from
falling off the cliff of life and
The book takes you back to your
childhood and adolescence
and the angst (fear or anxiety)
and also the confusion or craziness
of growing up, in a world of
adults and school children.
I saw the movie Salinger last
night and was really moved.
I was supposed to read The
Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
in my high school english class,
but I never
really got into it or understood it, until seeing
the movie Salinger.
Salinger didn't want anything to
do with a phoney famous celebrity life so when his novel The
Catcher In The Rye became a
in 1951 he became a hermit in the
mountains of New Hampshire.
He practiced meditation and had
buddhist statues in his yard,
besides studying the Vedanta
religion. His life became a tribute
being in the world but not of it,
a life of renunciation and
dedication to his karma yoga;
He said it's better not to publish, just to write, so he
published nothing after his
novel and left an estate to
publish his latest works after his
He was raised in the jewish
religion having a bar mitzvah, but
mother was catholic and of irish,
scottish and german ancestry.
He loved his mother and dedicated
his novel to her.
Mark Chapman based his killing of
John Lennon on The Catcher
In The Rye saying that Lennon was
How he gets that the book advocates killing
phonies is beyond me, since Holden
Caulfield only wanted to catch
children in the rye before they fell
off the cliff.
The shooter of
Reagan also justified his act on the book as did the shooter of the