I have not read The Leopard, though Nige persuades me that I should, and I came to Catcher in the Rye too late to be impressed (and I am not sure preppy Holden would ever have impressed blue-collar me). But Le grand Meaulnes was the magical book of my adolescence. Something else Nige and I have in common. Though I fear he is right. I started reading it again a few years ago and the person who read those many decades ago was no longer in existence.