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Posted September 28, 2007
Father and Child
Margaret Salinger has written an acount of growing up with her father, J.D. Salinger, and mother,Claire, and younger brother Matthew in Cornish, a remote corner of Vermont. J.D. forbids her mother to have any help in the house which lacks a toilet and running water. Gradually, Claire gains assistance under the guidance of an older woman, Mrs. Cox, who invites them to tea and demands that Salinger allow helpers in the house. As a young child, Margatet enjoys freedom to explore the countryside. When she reaches age six, the village school she attends mocks her for being an outsider. At grade six, she is sent to a boarding school where she meets a friend also suffering from the Jane Eyre-like existence in the private school At last, she is allowed to leave. For one blissful year in grade seven, she attends public shool and enjoys a normal existence.'At Hanover Junior High, for the first time ever, I fit in.' But the next year, when her parents separate, she can no longer live with J.D. and her mother banishes her to a boarding school, where she makes friends under the misguided dictatorship of a would be Wilderness Outbound-type school. During vacations, she is confronted by her father's young lover, Joyce Maynard, who doesn't know how to cope with her and her brother. Her adolescence is marked by drugs and alcohol abuse. She manages to earn a fellowship to Oxford University, England. There she meets a Japanese scholar and becomes pregnant by him. He deserts her so she has an abortion. Margaret gradually finds employment back in the U.S. and comes to terms with her father's quirky lifestyle. She meets and marries and has a son whom she adores and raises in a manner quite unlike how she grew up as an adult, Margaret attains stability and love and is able to regard her growing up with detachment as she writes her trenchant memoir.
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Posted October 8, 2000
Dream Catcher: A Memoir
If you're a memoir, biograhy, literary criticism, or Salinger fan. You'll get it all here. Peggy Salinger's dared to tread on hallowed ground but even Ron Rosenbaum of the New York Times had to say, 'this memoir may well prompt a reassessment of the place of Salinger¿s fiction in American literature.' You go girl!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2000
Dream Catcher: A Memoir
I love this book. Ms. Salinger has indeed inherited the gene for splendid prose. Some readers may have difficulty categorizing this book, for she is a triple threat, thorough historian, honest diarist, and insightful critic. I've read many memoirs but she brings a new approach to the genre. I look forward to her future works with great anticipation. Congratulations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.