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SalingerBased on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with than 200 people and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company Salinger is a global cultural event the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth centuryFor than fifty years the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persi. Fall of an IdolI waited with joyful anticipation for this book to know about an author whose primary published work had been an influential book in my early life I read this book with increasing distaste Aside from the format which I thought was a little sloppy and could have been worked to create a functional narrative the person that 'Salinger' uncovers is a person who had enough to hide that you do not wonder that he guarded his privacy so meanly If I was that much of a hypocrite with a distasteful penchant for 14 18 year old virgins I would also guard my private life possibly to avoid criminal convictionSalinger emerges as a sexist and sexually exploitative man who grows from a damaged but focused young man to a damaged and lecherous older man who can not accept his own or any one else's character failings His final marriage seems to work only because he is dependent and in need of care and so must hold back his caustic cruelty so as to not drive his carer awayThe man who emerges is one who spits on the publishing world but it was the publishing world that gave him the financial freedom to say that publication is a perversion and destruction of the artist He eschews 'gold and woman' but has plenty of gold to prop him up and judging by the intimate revelations of the types of relationships he had he had plenty of woman as well Not that he appears to have been able to give much man to any woman His sexual exploitation of a naive 18 year old girl was particularly sad he paid so little attention to her physical arousal that she was totally frigid This didn't stop him repeatedly exploiting her for oral sex in scenarios that were tantamount to rape Her story was so evocatively related that I had to stop reading for 24 hours because I felt sick that this man who held himself out as a wise man to her could so callously use her and then discard herThis was a man I had admired If you want to hold on to your vision of Salinger as Holden Caulfield grown old don't read this Salinger comes across as a selfish mean spirited bigot who embodied everything he himself said he hated wealth pretension exploitation phoniness I remember that Catcher in the Rye was written by a young man bursting with artistic impulse I remember that the writer and the word are not the same Who Salinger became was a horrible old prick He started as a young man who didn't know what to do with his feelings But he couldn't forgive himself for his failings and became instead a stony idol fixed unmoving and cut off from the very feelings that gave him the ability to write CatcherI do not look forward to the promised publications from 2015 onward who wants to read the works of an old man with no feeling for others and only for himself


READ ☆ Salinger Ô Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company—Salinger is a global cultural event the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentietUblishers his New Yorker colleagues and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last fifty six years of Salinger’s life a period that until now had remained completely dark to biographers Provided unprecedented access to never before published photographs than 100 throughout the book diaries letters legal records and secret documents readers will feel they have for the first time gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built up wall The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth centur. Never having been blown away by the so called Great American Classic novel 'Catcher in the Rye' I have always been extremely curious about it's author Certainly I had heard bits and pieces about his reclusive behavior his later refusal to publish any of his works although he supposedly wrote feverishly every day for years and years etc I thought maybe if I learned about the man I might better understand or appreciate 'Catcher' This biography has been described as a companion to the documentary film of the same name and alot of the book reads just like that short sections with the 'narrator's' name followed their comments At times reading these short snippets was annoying and although very entertaining and informative about the title subject it was tough to get into a good reading rhythym and truly get lost in the book I thought a narrative approach would have made the book enjoyable to get through but further into this book there were longer passages in depth stories of encounters and overall I came away with a positive opinion of the bookthe book not necessarily the person I was reading about I went back and reread 'Catcher' after finishing the bio and even with alot background knowledge of the author still feel the same about the novel A very intersting section of this book dealt with how two modern day assassins Mark David Chapmen and John Hinckley both said they were 'inspired' to do their infamous deeds after reading the book If Salinger's time in the military during WWII witnessing atrocities in the European theatreboth in battle and in liberating a concentration camp weren't enough to have an effect on his mental state surely knowing his signature character was in part a reason for one beloved musical icon to be killed and a sitting president to be the target of a failed assassination attempt could very well have pushed him into retreating from the world At the end of this book we learn that Salinger's estate will begin to release some of his writings beginning in 2015 Will there be another seminal character created Further adventures of both the Caulfields and the Glasses Time will tell I certainly have my curiosity piued to pleasantly anticipate 'new' material from him

David Shields Ü 1 READ

Stent recycling of inaccurate information Salinger remains astonishingly an enigma The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealedNo longerIn the eight years since Salinger was begun and especially in the three years since Salinger’s death the authors interviewed on five continents than 200 people many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers in arms his family members his close friends his lovers his classmates his neighbors his editors his p. Once you get used to the collage style of this book it turns out to be a page turning narrative and an exhaustively researched biography It includes everything you’d expect in a biography of Salinger – a discussion of his work and critical and popular reactions to it his famed reclusiveness – but it also covers parts of his life I knew nothing about such as his service in World War II the PTSD that informed his work and his affairs with much younger women The suicide of fictional Seymour Glass makes so much sense when you understand Salinger’s own war experiences which including liberating the concentration camp Dachau Even mind blowing is that he was working on The Catcher in the Rye in the midst of the war Knowing that put the classic into a whole new light for me Holden Caulfield’s rage against phoniness was about something much bigger than the awkwardness of coming of ageThe entire book was excellent but for me the most gripping sections were about Joyce Maynard one of Salinger’s young lovers and the assassins who used The Catcher in the Rye as “inspiration” for their crimes most notably Mark David Chapman assassin of John Lennon But I would be remiss if I did not explain the collage style that I opened with Author David Shields introduced it in his previous book Reality Hunger A Manifesto He contends that literature just like any other art builds on what came before it so he uotes whole cloth from many different sources and pieces them altogether into one big collage It looks something like thisMARGARET SALINGER My Dad told me “You never forget the smell of burnt flesh”PAUL FITZGERALD army buddy of Salinger’s Jerry was a really great guy but the war took a toll on all of usWILLIAM SHIRER historian uote from his book illustrating the experience of soldiers in World War IIJD SALINGER uote from one of his stories about the hells of warDAVID SHIELDS makes his own observationWhen I first began the book I thought David Shields and his co author Shane Salerno had interviewed all the people being uoted but when I saw the name William L Shirer having read Reality Hunger I understood it was a direct uote from a written source In the standard style such a thing would be footnoted but Shields opposes the standard style Legally however he is reuired to cite all sources so the endnotes to this book are uite extensive – about 150 pages long The thickness of this book is bound to intimidate so I hope knowing that takes away some of the fearEvery fan of The Catcher in the Rye – and there are millions of them – should read this book Familiarity with Salinger’s other published work is also essential but there isn’t much of it so that shouldn’t take long It’s not the most flattering portrait – Salinger was definitely a flawed human being – but he was also one of the 20th century’s most influential and talented writers who lived an interesting if checkered life