- Taschenbuch: 720 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster Ltd (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: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.605.134 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Salinger (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Juli 2014
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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: MP3 CD.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
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.
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all around the world, found lot of history records and lost photographs, even they managed to find some of his unpublished works but in the end the result is not so good.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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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.
If you want to know what was in his safe and what will be published from it, this book is for you.
Margaret Salinger's book (J.D.'s daughter) is also excellent, as is Joyce Maynard's biography.
So, Salinger seems to have suffered, or rather seen, very traumatizing things in WWII, which left him broken. The book argues that it also made him a genius writer. His first love was an underage debutante, back when he was young, too. She left him for none other than Charlie Chaplin, a much older, actually, way older man. This seems to have also broken Salinger, too, even before WWII cemented it. He would spend the rest of his life pursuing what can only be labelled jailbait. He seems to have courted them when they were underage but waited to consummate until they were legal, barely. After the deed was done, they rarely lasted. He seemed to have loved pursuing innocence, but once "sullied", he was no longer interested.
That's the part I found disturbing. On the one hand, his pursuit of jailbait, especially as an older man, detracts from the image I had of the author based on his work. Now I realize we all have our flaws, but Salinger's was a pretty significant one, at least to me. At the same time, this book seemed to descend into almost tabloid level glee in recounting some of Salinger's history, and one can't help but feel sad for the violation of Salinger's privacy. Especially seeing as he was arguably pathological in his defense of it.
I enjoyed the book, but some parts of it remind you of the old saying, about things you can't unsee. And I am simplifying the book's contents incredibly with my review. So please be aware I am only touching on a few aspects of it, albeit some pretty significant ones. I am also skipping over tons of material, a lot of it very interesting. Read this. In the end, it was worth the time.