The famous book that apparently induced the psychotic Mark Chapman to kill JOHN LENNON.

Could never really see how myself. Sure, the central character, HOLDEN CAULFIELD, is a bit of an outsider, who goes manic when he sees the innocence of his little sister, PHOEBE, threatened (he goes into a rage when a crude message is left written on a wall at his sister's school). The pivotal moment for psychoanalysts analysing Chapman's motives.

It's just a pity this book will always be remembered in such a dubious way, but it's a fine book. Risqué for 1951, but tame, even innocent, now. CAULFIELD is shy with girls, and seems a thoroughly decent chap. A little cameo of college life in mid-20th Century America. The good and the bad...and all.

- Paul Rance.

This Paul Rance article originally appeared in issue 6 of EASTERN RAINBOW, in 1999. More details about Eastern Rainbow here.

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