Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people - and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company - Salinger is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the 20th century.
For more than 50 years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains, astonishingly, an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed.
In the eight years since Salinger was begun, and especially in the three years since Salinger’s death, the authors interviewed on five continents more than 200 people, many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger. This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family. Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers.
Provided unprecedented access to diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, listeners will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.
©2013 David Shields and Shane Salerno (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
well done. say what you will critics but this is well done. I, for one, believe this book is highly accurate overall and presented in a compelling manner from beginning to end.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
False rumors, incorrect stories, and outright lies are being corrected, and light is finally being shed on the mysterious life of one of the most famous authors in American history. From his privileged Park Avenue upbringing, to the horrors of the Second World War, to his walking away from the American dream, and then his spiritual quest and final withdrawal from society, Salinger neatly compiles Shane Salerno’s decade-long obsession with author J. D. Salinger. Salerno’s account of the author’s life is fascinating for both casual and diehard fans of the author. A group of exceptional voice actors, including Peter Friedman, January LaVoy, Robert Petkoff, and Campbell Scott help to bring Salinger’s story to life. At points there is too much revelation here – we’re learning too much about the man and shattering the image – and this may be disappointing to some – however, the story of the author’s life is never dull.
This was just bad. The entire book is in diary entry format from several perspectives, all over the place with regard to timeline, and just a bore. I love biographies and would have, perhaps, had a better experience with a hard copy but in audio I struggled to finish it. Save your credit.
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