Афина (athenaie) wrote,
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Jerome D. Salinger (01.01.1919-27.01.2010)

‘You know that song “If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye”? I’d like – ‘
‘It’s “If a body meet a body coming through the rye”!’ old Phoebe said. ‘It’s a poem. By Robert Burns.’
‘I know it’s a poem by Robert Burns.’
She was right, though. It is ‘If a body meet a body coming through the rye.’ I didn’t know it then, though.
‘I thought it was “If a body catch a body,” ‘I said. ‘Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."

J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye


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"Над пропастью во ржи" я читала давно и отчего-то не прониклась. Возможно, читала слишком рано.

Но этот эпизод врезался в душу - и очень глубоко. Спасибо virkatoveri за цитирование.
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