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J. D. Salinger: A Life

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    This book felt like the most academic and boring homework assignment

    Since Salinger's death I have been eagerly anticipating a biography that would explore the depths of this extraordinary author's life. Anyone who has read Salinger knows his genius; and anyone with the slightest interest in Salinger knows he lead a fascinating life. What I, and I imagine millions of fans, want to know is where did Salinger's genius come from, and why did he vanish from his adoring public? It was with great enthusiasm that I delved into this book.

    WHAT AN UTTER DISSAPOINTMENT!

    Firstly, it is poorly written. While Mr. Slawneski is certainly a fan (and probably fanatic) of Salinger, he clearly is no scholar, or for that matter, writer. After re-reading Slawenski's attempt to lay out the Salinger family tree three times, I gave up. It was as if he was trying to get me lost.

    However, I could forgive poor writing if the information was new and interesting. It's neither. There's really not much that is new in this book; it seems like the book is a rehashing of the information that's already been told about Salinger. The book utterly lacks any revelatory information. It's a lot of words that go nowhere. I felt like everything in the book came from Wikipedia. So why is the book over 450 pages?

    Because Slawenski, like the professor in the worst literature course you ever took, explores the minutiae of each of Salinger's works with mind-numbing detail. With as many words as Slawenski used, one would think he would have used some of them to delve into what made Salinger into the author he became. Sadly, Slawenski only regurgitates what we already knew about Salinger and offers no new insight.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    a fan letter - not a biography

    Imagine if the president of the J.D. Salinger Fan Club wrote a "biography" of J.D. Salinger. That is what this book is. I was expecting a biography, but this book is Slawenski's love letter to the object of his adoration.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Yankee mag just had a story abou tthe sale of his house

    He had a high fence between house and gravel road a cellar to cellar walk way between house and garage so no one could see him a normal walk way with high winidows would have done he then built another back in further house is 650 thousand with 12 acres my question is how did he make a living in between with three wives (two exs)? I dont remember anything about the book but read when first came out ir some of it

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