- The book:
The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
- The singer:
John Lennon (1940-1980)
- The murderer:
- The relationship:
The book by Salinger is a highly controversial one since it was banned in America after its first publication. John Lennon's assassin, Mark Chapman, asked the former Beatle to sign a copy of the book earlier in the morning of the day that he murdered Lennon. Police found the book in his possession when they arrested Chapman. However, the book itself contains nothing that could be attributed with leading Chapman to act as he did - it could have been any book that he was reading the day he decided to kill John Lennon - but as a result of the fact that it was The Catcher in the Rye, a book describing a nervous breakdown, media speculated widely about a possible connection. This gave the book even more notoriety. So what is The Catcher in the Rye actually about?
The book tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager growing up in 1950's New York. Holden is a very sensitive sixteen year old who rejects the world of "adults", considering they are a bunch of "phonies"... He wishes to be "the catcher in the rye", imagining a field of rye at the edge of a cliff, in which children constantly wander, and that someone has the job of catching any who might fall. Falling off the cliff symbolically means loss of innocence and that is what Holden would like to do: to prevent children from entering the phony adult world full of hipocrisy and dishonesty...
Mark Chapman was obssessed with John Lennon; he had even married a Japanese-American woman called Gloria Abe, probably because Lennon also had a Japanese wife. It is believed Chapman considered John Lennon a "phony" and by killing him he wanted to protect the new generations against being influenced by him... John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was also reported to have been obsessed with the book.
- My point of view:
I really consider some rockers behave like Holden Caulfield rejecting the false values upheld by the adults... Through their music they express their rebellion against the conventions and pressures of society... The thing is in the course of time, that is as THEY grow older, they seem to forget this original idealism to lead bourgeois and comfortable lives...
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