What a classic cover for a classic book. Salinger’s masterpiece continues to be a conversation piece in the literary world, but too often we flip past the garish red cover as if it’s an inconvenience.
Without giving too much away, the cover is a picture of a merry go round horse with Manhattan small in the background. The significance of the merry go round may be debated, but it’s a great analogy for the prominent themes of the book and for the protagonist’s internal conflicts.
Some may find the classic cover ugly, but I think it’s a fine cover for a very fine book. My only criticism is that I suppose it could have some more catchers or rye. Or both I suppose.