at war with adulthood


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AFTER receiving critical acclaim for his short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish, which was published in The New Yorker in 1948, J.D. Salinger shot to worldwide fame with his novel The Catcher in the Rye, which appeared in 1951. With its disenchanted adolescent anti-hero, at war with adulthood, especially as embodied in his own parents, it seemed to encapsulate the mood of an entire generation.

(This comes from A lifetime of celebrity for J.D. Salinger from just one novel on January 29, 2010.)

Since "adulthood" means "the part of someone's life when they are an adult", does the blue part mean "he is at war with the time when he will be an adult, that is, he don't want to grow up and become an adult"?

Thanks in advance!
  • Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    Without knowing more of the book, I assume he is not at war with his own future, he is just an adolescent who is at war with the older generation.
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