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60 Years Later [Paperback]

John David California
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7 May 2009
Did I ever tell you about the catcher in the rye? I'm in a field. It's a gray day and only the very tips of the grasses move from side to side with the wind. It's like the ground is breathing. Nothing else is here but me and the field and I'm standing right in the beginning of it. Only when I begin to run do I know that's what I'm supposed to do. The rye is shoulder high and it parts to let me through. Loose pods fall off their stems and stick to my pants and arms, but I don't stop running. There's only the sky and the rye. Up there the sky, and to either side the golden brown rye. On a seemingly normal day Mr. C wakes up in a nursing home with an unnerving compulsion to flee his present situation. He boards a bus and embarks on a curious journey through the streets of New York. Sixty years after his debut as the great American antihero, Mr.C is yanked back onto the page without a goddamn clue why. 60 Years Later is an astonishing debut and a marvelous sequel to one of our most beloved classics.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Windupbird Publishing (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9185869546
  • ISBN-13: 978-9185869541
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in California to a Swedish mother and an American father, where John David's parents were working for a traveling circus company, John David was named after the state in which he was born. John David's writing career started as a freelance travel writer for several international magazines, as well as several short film scripts. The former gravedigger and Ironman triathlete has been captivated by the story for years. After finding a well-travelled copy of The Catcher in the Rye in an abandoned cabin in rural Cambodia, the iconic characters within saw John through the most maniacal of tropical fevers and chronic isolation. Years later he was finally able to return the favour, holding the fate of Mr. C in his inspired hands with 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put this book down...... 31 Mar 2011
Beyond the author's dedication to JD Salinger, "the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life," the book's purpose is "an unauthorized fictional examination of the relationship between JD Salinger and his most famous character. It opens with Holden Caulfield's surprise at awakening now as an old man in a single room in a nursing home, Sunnyside--a home better than home (yeah, right) where nobody wants to go. You are sent here. People go there to die. But C's son told him "this is the best place, dad."

Caulfield, referred to only as "C." is distracted by a foul smell in the room, later realizing it's coming from his mouth. Caulfield's recurring dream of a punching typewriter--for weeks, is your clue that author Fredrik Colting, referred to only as "JD" (John David California) (or Salinger) knows how to write and keep you spellbound of what's coming next in the book. And this is a clue of what the returning reader can anticipate. So "C" does the only normal thing any of us would do. He escapes, walking out to freedom. On the way he stops by the front counter and looks at Anna--the only one of "them" he likes. Always polite, natural smile, and very pretty. And "C" looks at her and Anna looks at him now differently as if she can read C's mind--"her face all flushed and her eyes dark and bullet-like." The word pops into C's head, surprises him--C*nt. The beginning Chapter's italics or sometimes at the end (and the best part) make this book even more enjoyable as JD discusses "C." and JD's need to kill "C." off to end it once and for all. JD shares with the reader his aggravation with "C." and taking "C." back to old familiar places where JD brought him to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 9 Oct 2009
Brought me back to my youth. It's a shame book sellers in the USA are not being allowed to carry this title.
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It was with trepidation that I picked up JD California's 60 Years Later. After all, Salinger's book is a masterpiece and, in my mind at least, will always remain an example of American fiction at its greatest. The furore that California's book created - in both literary and legal circles - foretold of a book that might disappoint.

I could not have been more mistaken. California deals with his subject (Holden Caulfield, who he refers to obliquely as Mr C) sensitively, carefully and with respect. The whole issue of the (im)mortality of a literary character is captivating. Here is an author who allows the reader to run with the imagination created by the prose. The plot (and necessary parallel subplot) has been crafted carefully: the result is a superb book that explores the mind of a man who returns to the scenes of his earlier life. It is a salutary tale for all of us, and in it rests an ultimate poignancy.

Read and enjoy this book. Read it again and reflect. California has not bespoiled the Salinger myth; rather he has enlightened and invigorated one of the world's most well-known books. You will not be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My God this book is depressing 6 Jan 2013
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Not quite sure what the point of this book is. I'm not convinced that it is particularly well written although it does contain some fairly convincing insights into just how un appealing being at the end of one,s life could be. If you're a big Catcher in the Rye Fan read it. Otherwise give it a miss.
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It appears that Holden Caulfield will remain under tight control of the Salinger estate--at least in North America. In early December, the estate of J.D. Salinger and Swedish author and publisher Fredrik Colting entered into a consent agreement to end the copyright battle over Colting's book 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, the so-called "unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye," that would bar the book's publication the U.S.

According to a settlement agreement, seen by PW, Colting has agreed not to publish or otherwise distribute the book, e-book, or any other editions of 60 Years Later in the U.S. or Canada until The Catcher in the Rye enters the public domain. Notably, however, Colting is free to sell the book in other international territories without fear of interference, and a source has told PW that book rights have already been sold in as many as a half-dozen territories, with the settlement documents included as proof that the Salinger Estate will not sue. In addition, the settlement agreement bars Colting from using the title "Coming through the Rye"; forbids him from dedicating the book to Salinger; and would prohibit Colting or any publisher of the book from referring to The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger, the book being "banned" by Salinger, or from using the litigation to promote the book. The agreement is final and terms are confidential. In a statement to PW, Colting said, "We've come to an agreement with the Salinger trust but I'm afraid I can't go into any specifics. Let's just say that the book will be published in a number of countries this year and I'm very pleased with that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting!
This is a 'sequel' to the world famous "Catcher in the Rye" by J D Salinger (1945)

Written by a different author (2009) who is writing about Salinger's character Holden... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2010 by Hilary Osborne
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalence
The book wasn't bad as a spinoff of Catcher in the Rye, but it doesn't stand on its own for literary merit. Then again, I never liked Catcher in the Rye that much. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by LMG
1.0 out of 5 stars No excuse for bad writing
I think this book can win a contest for the most poorly written "sequel" ever, and as we all know there are some pretty bad sequels out there already - but this one takes the cake. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2009 by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyable
As a writer myself, I've always found it close to impossible to set a character aside once a story has ended. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by Jamie Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most disappointing books ever
I just feel sympathy for J.D.Salinger. His prose is original, inventive, intellectual and compelling. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2009 by S. V. Rhodes
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Character Continuity
After much deliberation with myself, I decided to buy the book despite the controversy. As a massive fan of the Salinger original, I have always been interested in a sequel - but... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2009 by Boz MGR
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
As a writer myself, I've always found it close to impossible to set a character aside once a story has ended. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2009 by Vincent Max
1.0 out of 5 stars Salinger was right!
I'm usually not in favor of banned books in the U.S. (what were the last ones - LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, ULYSSES??) and thought at first that "old"(90) J.D. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by earing
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