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J.D. Salinger by Kenneth Slawenski
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Mar 06, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, auto-biography, art

Fascinating stuff. I liked "The Catcher in the Rye," but I had no idea about Salinger's terrible (and I mean *terrible*) experiences in the European theater during WWII. It changes the whole way you think about his writing, to know that these are the kinds of things he had to live with.

At the same time, anyone who knows anything about Salinger knows that he hated publicity and probably wouldn't want us to read this book. His life was a constant struggle to maintain his privacy from a public who had come to believe that he owed them something - or at least expected that the man who made Holden Caulfield say that he wished he could call his favorite writers up on the phone wouldn't entirely ignore their attention.
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