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But in ”Dream Catcher” Margaret Salinger pieces together the whole story from her father’s recollections and her own research into the history. Margaret Salinger, 44, wrote Dream Catcher, she says, because she was ” determined not to repeat with my son what had been done with me”. When the pre-publication copy of Dream Catcher: A Memoir by Margaret A. Salinger arrived, it was opened with Maynard’s wounds still healing.

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Maynard failed to dredge up her old affair and describe her sense of love past and present in reasonably interesting and believable ways.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Strangely enough, though, she seems to have had an endless supply of friends who took her in as opposed to her heartless, detached father and, perhaps, mother. Until the father’s later writing is published though, readers can at least use his daughter’s memoir drdamcatcher bring interesting biographical insights and new critical realities to the fiction of J.

I dreqmcatcher even do the quote justice so I will just type it out here [later when i get time! That gives hope to those of us who would love to read more by this unique writer.

She says that he continues to write, but does not publish any more for fear of criticism, although he “sure doles it out”. Salinger’s claim that her father has been busy all these years “writing his heart out,” as well as evidence that the love in his life is more likely to be understood salingeg the page than in the flesh.

Salinger’s writing and living values.

Ms Salinger discloses that during the Second World War her father, who served in Allied counter intelligence, married a young Nazi Party functionary called Sylvia whom he had arrested. Salinger’s training at Harvard’s Divinity School helps her see the problems with her father’s shifting belief in different gurus and religious ideas.


Margaret Salinger also claims that when she became pregnant her father encouraged her to have an abortion rather than bring a child into “this lousy world”. The only interesting and believable parts of her book were about Salinger and her attempts to put them in a greater context flopped miserably.

However, I found some of her memories to be so far out, they seemed to be unbelievable for instance flashbacks while giving birth. I didn’t entirely hate it or the author, but does she zalinger One can imagine that among J.

The bizarre private life of my father J D Salinger

She was briefly married to her karate instructor. The bizarre episode gives new dimensions to the phrase “self-hating Jew”.

I didn’t find it really depressing though. Return to Book Page. She drank, ran wild, had occasional blackouts during which she assumed multiple personalities, and suffered from debilitating illnesses. I don’t quite get why so many people are so down on poor Margaret Salinger. I can’t go on and waste any more time writing or thinking about it or its nauseating author. The result is patchily compelling. With generosity and insight, Ms. What happened to writers creating While I’ve been enjoying this book, it is really depressing.

Salinger’s work avoids the tawdry effects of Maynard’s writing by offering readers solid research and some very thoughtful analysis of J. Her mother is now a Jungian analyst and lives in California. Much like Joyce Maynard’s whiny Salinger confessional, this book leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Salinger has written a book that is eloquent, spellbinding, and wise, yet at the same time retains the intimacy of a novel.

Unlike her father, she says she hopes to publish more books.

Sins of the father

In fairness, there’s much discussion in the first couple of chapters about anti-Semitism in America during approximately the first half of the 20th Century and J. Dream Catcher offers readers detailed descriptions of Salinger’s WWII experiences and explains his living realities in the context of how the author’s biographical facts connect to his fiction.


However, it seemed he was able to do that at the sacrifice of things lost in his personal and family lens. Well, one thing is for sure; JD’s method of upbringing did not make the kid a great writer. Aug 04, False rated it liked it. It’s Margaret Salinger’s autobiography, his daughter, and her first novel. Her story chronicles an almost cultlike environment of extreme isolation and early neglect interwoven with times of laughter, joy, and dazzling beauty.

Everyone’s the good guys or the bad guys,” she says. What do you mean? A “woe is me” tale. Salinger had divorced Douglas in He refused to allow her to see sapinger and family, sacrificing her life to his writing, which he compared to a quest for enlightenment.

Maynard was 18 in when Salinger, then 53, invited her to leave university and live with him. Some of the English professors and literary arbiters at US universities and newspapers are also not too happy with Dream Catcher, her account of growing up as Salinger’s daughter. I suppose that most famous literary figures are reclusive, to some degree, and many, like Salinger, are by turns, mean-spirited, eccentric, paranoid, quick to take dreeamcatcher, hypersensitive.

Catcher in the Rye, which was published incontinues to sellcopies a year. I was reminded again that not everyone is fit to be a parent.