- Taschenbuch: 720 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Export (3. September 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476747032
- ISBN-13: 978-1476747033
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 4,4 x 22,9 cm
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Salinger (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. September 2013
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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)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead; Reality Hunger, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; and Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into twenty languages.
Shane Salerno is the director, producer, and writer of Salinger, which premiered theatrically in 2013 from the Weinstein Company and will debut as the 200th episode of American Masters on PBS in early 2014. In addition to Salinger, Salerno has written and produced a number of successful films and TV series. He most recently co-wrote and served as executive producer of the critically acclaimed film Savages, directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone.
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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.
I, like most readers, was introduced to Salinger while I was in the throes of adolescence. My middle school history teacher had a shelf of books in his classroom, and I had heard people talk about Catcher in the Rye as if it was the greatest book ever written, so I asked him if I could borrow his copy. He said yes, and I devoured it over the course of two or three days. And while it is probably not the BEST book ever written, it has an incredible capacity to speak to young people with almost suspicious acccuracy. Salinger writes from the heart and generations of young people could not get enough of it, many times harassing him at his home and in public. This book chronicles his high hopes as a writer, the fulfillment of his goals, and his ultimate hatred of the fame he had once coveted.
It should be noted, however, that at over 700 pages, this book is dense. That is not to say that it is not fascinating, but rather that it may prove too extensive for casual readers of Salinger.
At the end of the day, this book is nothing less than an incredible achievement. I cannot begin to imagine the lengths the authors went to get some of the interviews in the book, as well as to find answers to some of the most puzzling questions of Salinger’s life. I found it to be informative and highly enjoyable.
Side note for those considering simply watching the documentary: For all of the information in this book, I had no idea how the authors intended to make a documentary from it. The documentary is just as shallow as I feared. Not only does it offer little actual insight into his life, but the filmmakers instead resort to petty, speculative gossip to fill in the gaps between boring, unrelated celebrity interviews. If you are searching for a comprehensive look at the life of Salinger, it would be best to purchase the book.