Many people have experienced a lot of different events that have changed their lives. Everyone has his own unique story that will touch their grandmothers and aunts, which will show the originality of the life of the subject and tell us that that the man lives his life singularly and his life is not similar to the others. I cannot claim that my story stands out from the other in its originality or eccentricity but I am willing to tell about it and say that I am not an especial guy but have something that really influenced my life.
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” (Salinger, 1991) When I was fifteen years old, my life has completely amended. The role of this magic amendment played the reading of Jerome D. Salinger’s `The Catcher in the Rye `. I was really amazed and fascinated with this story. What I can state from the height of my age that this book is an incredible feature to read in this very age. If you are older, even nineteen, you may not understand the entire atmosphere and, actually, the message of the author. But when you are fifteen you fully realize what happens in the book and what Salinger intended to say.
Besides the fact that `The Catcher in the Rye` features the ordinary young boy, it can touch some adult, but it is not the point. I have been influenced by it and the result of it has been shown to the public. We all heard the story of Marc Chapman, who assassinated John Lennon after perusal of this book and `finding some hidden message in it to do it. After it, every remonstrant but sensible teenager could acquit every his rebelling or illegal, at least by views of family, action asserting the fact that even killer took inspiration from it.
There are some of the books you read and think it is about you. It is just about you. Salinger in his book "The Catcher in the Rye" wrote a simple story of a simple young man who was plagued by vague doubts about his future. There were some situations with all of us that are described in the book "The Catcher in the Rye". Maybe not everyone experienced the buying of a prostitute and further dissembles with the pimp, but almost everyone experienced the changing of the school, arguing with the teacher, with the coevals and deciding what is valuable for you now, in future, and what was valuable for you earlier.
These are the usual questions of the common teenagers, I have faced too. I have studied how to think, how to live the life and how to attitude towards others and the world in general. Roughly speaking this book studied me the life. Now, how I still think, I understand what I have to do in relationships with my coevals, with parents and with the others surprisingly by means of this spectacular book.
It would be very bold to state that this book is the Bible for teenagers. But it is still so. This book meets all the demands of the common teenager, satisfies all his rebelling beginnings, like mine, and determines all his future life, at least his extreme youth.
Every teenager needs some support from the adult world, some mentor, who will direct him in a right way and Jerome D. Salinger with his book, with this wonderful and truthful story is this man. It really encouraged me to do everything I have done.
Some people say they need some motivational books, but we will not turn to George Carlin. We will turn to the fiction writer Jerome Salinger, who gives the simple youngsters the possibility to grow up easier and more convenient, feeling the support emanating from the adult, who have seen something more and who, at the same time, experienced something like the young boy of any generation has experienced. Thanks for the Salinger now I am the man, I want to be.
Comin thro' the rye, poor body,
Comin thro' the rye,
She draigl't a' her petticoatie
Comin thro' the rye.
Jerome D. Salinger, `The Catcher in the Rye`; Little, Brown and Company; (May 1, 1991)
Robert Burns, `Comin thro’ the Rye`; Poetry Foundation, Web. 2010