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.