Like most people I read The Catcher in the Rye as a teenager. I cannot remember much about J. D. Salinger’s classic, but I certainly remember the tone of voice of the narrator, Holden Caulfield.
It is the voice of the modern teenager (a word that only entered popular vocabulary a few years before the book appeared in 1951). The tone is casual, cynical and, above all, filled with a loathing of the constrained, stuck-up “phoniness” of the older generation. And the older generation was suitably scandalised by the book, not least because of all the four-letter words — this is not Jane Austen.… Seguir leyendo »