According to some:
High school students and movie stars testify that “The Catcher in the Rye” changed their lives and changed the world.
Not me. I read it in high school. I re-read it a couple years ago. I remember, while reading, thinking: I don’t remember any of this. No recollection at all. Except for the “catcher in the rye” scene. Which is a little like remembering that The Old Man and the Sea was about…
It’s a fine novel. But really, someone’s life changed after reading it? Certainly Franny and Zooey shaped my sense of what it meant to be in the world. In a small but tangible way, as did many other books. So I guess they did “change me.” As did the The Flintstones.