J.D. Salinger is a particular writer for a couple of reasons. He is best known for his controversial novel
The Catcher in the Rye . He is also known for his reclusive nature. His last original published work was
in 1965; Since 1953, he has been a recluse in his New Hampshire home, refusing interviews or any other
forms of contact with the press and the outside world.
Some scholars at home and abroad have conducted some researches on this novel. David Srtevenson
comments that this novel is Holden’s remarks on the world, which is humorous but painful. He thinks
Holden makes efforts to search for himself. Charles Kegel is of the opinion in Incommunicability in
Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye that this novel can be seen as a process that Holden quests for
communication with others, and his quest is successful. And in our country, Zhang Jieming holds
the idea that Holden is an extraordinary rebel. In “Permanent Mystery: Yearning for Nature——On The Catcher in the Rye”, he states that, besides giving himself up and being cynical, Hold uses
“phony” to revolt against “phony”, and shows his spirit advantages beyond the age by yearning
for nature. Thus, all the above is sufficiently to make him among the list of historical “back to nature”
rebels and has eternal significance. Pan Cuiqiong and Xiao Yihu consider Holden as a painful quester
wandering in the spiritual wasteland. He defends childhood, protects innocence, yearns for care,
desires understanding, searches for identification, and quests for self. From him, we can figure out
an image of a watcher and quester in the spiritual Pure Land.