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This is a truly dreadful biography, containing very little insight into Salinger and depending on an accumulation of often very irrelevant facts to make it the long and repetitious dog's dinner it is. I find it astonishing that it has received any positive reviews whatsoever.
The author's interpretation of Salinger's work is a large part of the book and it is at best banal and at worst misleading. Slawenski actually feels the need to tell us, while discussing Franny and Zooey, that "the Fat Lady is a parable." His psychological insight into the author himself is an equal non-event. Finally, he thanks his editor in the credits, but with little reason, as the biography is peppered with… Read more