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reaper in the rye

January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)
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  1. January 28, 2010 5:43 pm

    where do the ducks go in winter?
    rip.

  2. January 28, 2010 5:50 pm

    ?!?!–sorry, dullwitted as i am, i don’t get your duck question.

  3. January 29, 2010 5:35 am

    oh that refers to a passage in the book. young holden is concerned about the ducks in the Central Park and wonders where they go in winter. i can’t locate my copy for direct quote, but this outline should help to find the passage. if i remember correctly no one knows where the ducks go in winter just as much no one knows what happens when we die.

    http://www.deadcaulfields.com/CatcherChronology.html

  4. January 29, 2010 8:04 am

    ahhh… i assumed it must be a reference to Catcher in the Rye, but i read it over 20 yrs ago, and to be honest i wasn’t that impressed, but then i was well out of my teens by that point. for me the Nine Stories are the masterpieces…

  5. January 29, 2010 9:16 am

    right. catcher was the only thing i ever read and then nothing more due to also not being so impressed. but i like the duckpart. will check out these nine stories one day. too many books.

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