'Salinger,' by David Shields and Shane Salerno
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Unlike fanboy Kenneth Slawenski's 2011 effort, "Salinger" actually holds your attention, even when you feel as if you're rubbernecking at an accident, as you are treated, once again, to accounts of the author's peculiar attraction to, and poor treatment of, much younger women and read ill-informed speculation about his alleged anatomical abnormalities.
Many served, and many suffered, but no other World War II vet could have written "Catcher," a book clearly and uniquely the product of the author's furiously alienated prep school experiences.
[...] it's equally possible to see his sometimes dogged spiritual pursuits as the outlet of a blocked writer, long removed from the rewards of family life or literary companionship.
The author's infatuation with Eugene O'Neill's debutante daughter Oona, who later married Charlie Chaplin, to Salinger's great displeasure, is chronicled in convincing detail as the template of his later romantic obsessions, before he ultimately settled down with a f
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