A Walk in the Park: Litkicks Mystery Spot #7

Polls and Questions

The last few were kind of difficult, so I'm taking it easy on all of you with this week's Litkicks mystery spot. In fact, it's a goddam walk in the park. Just tell me what this is a picture of, and name the novel that this image represents.

Every single one of you has read this book. And I bet every single one of you loves the scenes (though you may not want to admit it) that take place among the structures towards the upper right of the image above, and around the body of water in the bottom part of the image.

Another great literary moment from a completely different novel also took place at a spot visible in this photograph. But you don't want to know about all that.

Please post your answer as a comment, and as always I will not publish any of the comments (so as to not give it away) until I reveal the complete answer in about a day or so.

UPDATED: The answer has been revealed here.

This article is part of the series Litkicks Mystery Spot. The next post in the series is Vision of the Ducks: Holden Caulfield's Journey in Central Park. The previous post in the series is Linguists Gone Mad: Paul Auster's Upper West Side.
16 Responses to "A Walk in the Park: Litkicks Mystery Spot #7"

by Levi Stahl on

Gotta be The Catcher in the Rye, right? Though I will admit my memory of the Central Park scenes are a bit foggier than they've any right to be, given that I re-read the novel about three years ago.

I enjoy these puzzles--keep 'em coming!

Central Park, NYC from Catcher in the Rye... don't see any ducks, so it must be winter.

Central Park pond. The ducks. Catcher in the Rye.

by Liz on

Well, it's Central Park, and I'm pretty sure you're talking about Catcher in the Rye. But maybe that's too simple?

by Mark W on

The image is of central park, a crucial location in "The Catcher in the Rye."

The pond, the zoo, and the skating rink in Central Park. Catcher in the Rye.

by Dan on

I'm sure this is wrong, but just to keep things fun --

I'm immediately reminded of John Rechy's novel Numbers, about a gay hustler's quest for quantities of anonymous sex. A lot of the books scenes are set in a park in California, and I'm intrigued by your clue - 'every single one of you loves the scenes' that take place there, 'even though you may not want to admit it...' All of us closet cases?!

by TKG on

I don't think this one is easier than the others.

I guess it is Central Park and the book is Catcher in the Rye.

It's goddam Central Park, and the novel is The Catcher in the Rye, which a lot of phonies read in high school.

by lisa peet on

I would be a goddam phony if I didn't know this one. Central Park, from Catcher in the Rye.

by Levi Asher on

Good (and mostly correct) answers so far -- thanks, keep them coming! Will reveal the answer and publish all the responses Thursday morning.

A few respondents have advised me that this question is not actually much easier than the others. I thought it was easier just because the book is so very, very popular -- but I suppose it's true that it may still be tough to figure out. So here's a good hint (and something I should have mentioned in the original post): the map I took this image from is a map that dates to 1951, and that happens to be very appropriate for this novel.

Hope that helps!

by Steve on

I'm thinking Catcher in the Rye, but memory fails me as to what exact part of Central Park it is. If I could only remember the scenes in the book! Damn I'm gettin old!

by Pez on

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Took a few seconds. The "goddamn" gave it away.

And is any of Salinger's stuff going to be published posthumously?

by Pandora on

What is this? I can't understand!!!

by Dan on

My excuse for not getting this: I read it in 1960 - Christ, that was 50 years ago! Shit!!

by Ned on

Thought it was Catcher in the Rye - when Holden's fretting about the ducks. The other two I can think of that fit the original clue are Great Gatsby - I think there is a scene in the Plaza - and a less known novel - Mama I Love You by Saroyan - scenes are set at the Plaza and the southern part of CP.

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