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  • Taschenbuch: 698 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon + Schuster UK (17. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1471130398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471130397
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,4 x 4,5 x 20 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.412.647 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Unprecedented . . . Nine years in the making and thoroughly documented . . . Providing by far the most detailed report of previously unreleased material, the book . . . both fleshes out and challenges aspects of the author’s legend. . . . [Salinger] has new information well beyond any possible posthumous fiction.” (Hillel Italie The Associated Press)

“Revealing . . . [A] sharp-edged portrait.” (Michiko Kakutani The New York Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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David Shields is the author of two novels, Dead Languages and Heroes; a collection of linked stories, A Handbook for Drowning; and three previous works of non-fiction. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Shane Salerno is the writer, producer, and director of Salinger, the highly anticipated documentary film about J. D. Salinger that will premiere theatrically in September 2013.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ralf K Berlin TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 21. September 2013
Format: Taschenbuch
...wenn er, zum Einen ein Meister der Erzählkunst, zum Anderen ein menschenscheuer Einsiedler, mitbekäme, wie hier auf mehreren hundert Seiten ein oberflächliches Cocktailparty-Geschnatter zu seinem Leben veröffentlicht wird, welches sich liest wie ein Skript zu dem 2014 erscheinenden Film.

Als Salinger-Fan hab ich irgendwann angewidert aufgehört mit dem Lesen und wende mich lieber wieder der sehr guten Biographie von Kenneth Slawenski ("Salinger - A Life") zu.
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Von Denis Vukosav TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 7. Dezember 2014
Format: Taschenbuch
Because I consider myself a fan of J.D. Salinger I had big expectations from this book by authors David Shields and Shane Salerno.

They made extensive research that lasted for nine years, they gathered 200+ interviews all around the world, found lot of history records and lost photographs, even they managed to find some of his unpublished works but in the end the result is not so good.

Salinger was a complicated person and obviously it wasn't easy to write biography of such a man.
Unfortunately, the reader will learn only few facts beside countless life episodes and anecdotes, not completely uninteresting but not something that we could expected.
The only exception is completely covered Salinger's experience during World War II, from Normandy invasion to the liberation of German Dachau concentration camp.

The main problem is that book is not really written in usual way, but more it resembles screenplay to the Salinger movie that would be also released.
Indeed, you will see the name of each person speaking in separate paragraph so reader have an impression that this book is one big interview with countless participants that is hard to follow.

The other problems are incompleteness of end notes, lots of misspelling, lack of index, etc. that all suggest that book was rushed to sale to accompany the release of the movie.
The book price is also a bit too high, especially for paperback edition but also considering that the book is actually of smaller dimensions than usual hardcovers.

Overall, after you read this book you will probably have feeling that in fact not much useful can be learned from it about Salinger.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Thomas Medicus am 7. Oktober 2013
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Das Buch ist sehr informativ, enthält viele neue Erkenntnisse, neue Text- wie auch fotografische Quellen. Es gibt Wiederholungen, aber jeder Salinger-Liebhaber sollte es lesen.
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Field Notes, Not A Biography 4. September 2013
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I waited all day to be able to curl up in bed with this 'biography.' And then I went to bed utterly and completely disappointed. This is NOT a biography. This is, at best, cut-and-pasted field Notes from so much research that the writers must have finally given up on writing anything. It is source material for someone who wants to write a biography, but is is not a book for someone who wants to read a biography.

It is, LITERALLY (in the old sense of the word, not the new one, which has no meaning) hundreds of pages of quotes, loosely organized around a general theme. There is no attempt at a through-line to paint a complete picture, no connecting the dots, no thought whatsoever.

This book is not written. It's not even really edited. It could best be described as curated, but only barely.

And honestly, if it is even just a transcript of the movie, I am no longer interested in seeing the movie...... Such a disappointment.

Unless what you want is field notes, in which case, this is a gold mine. You just have to do all the digging.
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Lesson for me: Never buy without checking the customer reviews. 13. September 2013
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I reject this . . . collection of words, for the same reasons stated in the other negative reviews. This is not a book, it's a chaotic, repetitive landfill of fragmentary quotes. You may ask why I wrote my own review, if I agreed with the others. I want to do my part to keep the 1-star count high, so people are fairly warned before they waste time and money on this . . . thing.

The trailer for the associated documentary film flashed in front of me at a theater. It looked exciting. I had read only "Catcher In The Rye," and knew little about Salinger the man. When I saw the book, I clicked on it right away. I wish I had checked the customer reviews first. As stated, you get hundreds of pages of disconnected drivel.

Person 1: When Jerry came back from the war, he never was the same.

Person 2: Something happened to him over there.

Person 3: The Jerry who went to Europe was not the Jerry who came home.

These are not actual quotes, but the text is that shallow. The same banal thoughts are repeated ENDLESSLY. Twenty, thirty, fifty times, a new person says exactly the same thing. I stuck it out to the end, curious to see if the 'authors' would provide any conclusion whatever. They do. In the final chapter, they bring their psychological examination of Salinger to a bombastic, unsupported conclusion. This was almost fun, like watching an Olympic competition for blowhards.

This publication is a horrible mess. Try any other book on Salinger, or just go read Wikipedia, you'll be much better off.

During this excruciating yawnfest, I reflected on a larger phenomenon. People like Salerno and Shields ask, "What was wrong with Salinger? He must have been deeply wounded. If he were healthy, he would welcome our attention. How can he want to escape our love--we, his readers? We're fascinating people, after all."

I'd like to turn that question around. What's wrong with us, that we can't accept a man who liked to be left alone? Why can't we accept that he was just not that into us? He liked to do his work and live his life in private. It's really, really simple, unless you argue with it and say it can't possibly be true. I own my part; I bought this wretched book to find out more about J.D. Salinger. At least I didn't stalk him while he was alive. This seems to have been a national sport, as well.
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Understand Salinger, and you'll understand Holden and Seymour 13. Dezember 2013
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Readers of fiction often wonder whether an author's personal experiences are woven into his or her stories. Biographies about famous writers are attractive because they reveal those connections. "Salinger" is a comprehensive account of J. D. Salinger's affluent youth, horrific war experiences, publishing achievements, romantic failures, and eventual withdrawal from society. By learning about Salinger's life, readers will come to understand Holden Caulfield and Seymour Glass a good deal better.

This book is not, as some reviewers here have implied, a transcript of the "Salinger" documentary film. At over 700 pages, it goes deeper than any movie could. It contains bibliographies of writings by and about J. D. Salinger, brief biographies of the people quoted in the book, and even descriptive sketches of the fictional Glass family. It does not, unfortunately, have an index,
and it is sometimes difficult to tell in what context a statement was made (such as an interview given specifically for this project, or some other source).

Other reviewers have lamented how the book is comprised of quotation after quotation and does not follow a traditional narrative format. But what better way to learn about Salinger's life than to read firsthand accounts directly from the people who knew him? Instead of reading the biographer's description, let Jean Miller, for example, tell how she met Salinger on the beach when she was fourteen (inspiring his stories "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esme - With Love and Squalor"). Occasionally, the same stories are told by different voices, although this does not result in monotony, as some reviewers suggest. It only helps to build a more complete account of the man and his experiences, and attentive readers will be intrigued when two eyewitnesses tell slightly different versions of the same event.

This book is not just a repackaging of old Salinger anecdotes, as has been claimed here. It contains new, previously unpublished material that has become available only since Salinger's death, and it concludes with a few tantalizing pages that hint we have not seen the last of the Caulfield and Glass families.
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Interesting Disclosures Yet Sloppy Book 4. September 2013
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Unquestionably some interesting revelations in this book and the detective work yielded some new voices to add to the choir of Salinger scholarship. The tone of the book, however, is remarkably tabloid and self congratulatory in nature. It simultaneously attempts to vampire the integrity of Salinger the man and artist while trespassing upon every principle he stood for and amounts to exactly everything Salinger stood against: sacrificing anything of value to turn a buck. Margaret Salinger and Joyce Maynard did it and cashed in while paying a price with their own integrity. No doubt everything this book and movie have been lauded for, in the eyes of the marketplace, justify the 7-figure book, TV, and movie deals Salerno has been reported to have earned for this. Hope it was worth it. I read the book all afternoon and just felt sorry for them and, frankly, Salinger readers. Salinger's life isn't a riddle to be exposed, it's poetry that captured our imaginations and touched us. Despite lifting Salinger's book cover and hailing this as the break through of the 20th century etc etc, this book and what I can tell of the film lacks anything remotely like the magic Salinger possessed that connected with his readers. Salinger's withdrawl reduced to one testicle. The film poster called it "acclaimed" before it was even released.

It never rises above what would instantly make it appeal to people trying to sell it. Surprise, surprise.
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Deceptive 29. September 2013
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I began this book with the highest of expectations. It claims to be the definitive biography of J.D. Salinger--chock full of revelations--drawing on hundreds of interviews with Salinger's friends, family, and "inner circle". That's the authors' description, not mine. Flipping through the pages before I began to read, I thought the photos very cool. I also rushed to the account of Jean Miller, who I had just seen on TV, and enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, there's not much more I can say in favor of this book. That's probably because I've read all of Salinger's books as well as Salinger biographies ("In Search of Salinger" by Ian Hamilton and "Salinger: A Biography" by Paul Alexander). I've also read "Dream Catcher" written by Salinger's daughter and "At Home in the world" by Joyce Maynard.
My major problem with this book is that it seems to be deliberately deceptive in the information it purports and the haphazard way that information is presented. I found it a cynical insult to readers. Everything is told from the outside looking in, with no consideration that Salinger might have had a point of view. Rumors and innuendo, often supplied by "anonymous sources" void of citation are presented as indisputable facts (Gestapo agents, sexual predilections, and missing testicles to name but a few) and what is passed off as literary analysis of Salinger's writings reads like cheap parody. We are given the deliberate illusion that the authors interviewed all of the people they present, when, in reality, most of the text has been lifted from previous books, interviews, and articles. Some of the speakers have been long dead; still they're allowed to chime in as if they were in the room. If you check the bibliography you discover that only a handful of "contributors" even met Salinger, so the opinions of obscure booksellers and Hollywood fans are given enormous weight. Worse still, this text is presented to give the illusion that the authors actually interviewed Claire Douglas, Colleen, Matthew and Margaret Salinger, when they most certainly did not. The same is true for John Keenan and for most of Salinger's neighbors, whose accounts are clipped from old newspaper articles. It's lazy writing and irresponsible authorship.
So, what are we left with? Snippets of old publications, past information (and disinformation) scotch taped together masking as a reputable biography, with everything weighted to the most negative and sensationalistic narration to ensure sales. It's Yellow Journalism. It's an insult to thoughtful readers and an affront to any future writer who attempts to write a book of history with due integrity. If this is what passes for legitimate biography and sells, why bother?
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