How much are we missing now that a federal judge has ruled that a Swedish writer can’t publish in the U.S. his novel that imagines a 76-year-old Holden Caulfield — “Mr. C” in the book — in a nursing home? Not much, if we are to believe a review of 60 Years Later by the critic Christian House in the British weekly the Spectator. House says that Fredrik Colting, who uses the pen name J.D. California, is “occasionally perceptive” but “lacks the necessary shift in mindset to create any real interest” in his response to The Catcher in the Rye. Colting is appealing the American ruling, and his book has been legally published in Britain, where Amazon.co is selling copies online. Given the attention Colting’s first novel has received in the U.S., 60 Years Later has generated surprisingly little interest on the U.K. Amazon site: The book appeared in early May, and at this writing, only four reader-reviewers have posted reviews.
August 9, 2009
Salinger Fan J.D. California Lacks the ‘Necessary Shift in Mindset’ in His Response to Holden Caulfield and ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ Critic Says
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