Dream Catcher: A Memoir Hardcover – 2000
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MAMA SAID THAT WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, before her house in London was bombed, she would often creep out of her bed at night and open the door between her nursery and the top of the back staircase that led down to the kitchen. Read the first page
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However, it must be acknowledged that the book is in desperate need of strong editing. The indiscriminate inclusiveness (i.e. the complete text of notes passed in junior high school) and irritatingly pointless footnotes (i.e. explaining where the chapter heading "To Sir With Love" comes from) are unfortunate deterrents to appreciating this book on its considerable merits.
Margaret has a gift for finding joy in many things; her account of her kindergarten class is singularly moving and one feels that the "circle" she lovingly described during this activity was a symbol of the "circles" she would later move in -- as daugher of a famous author, as a literati in her own "write," as her own identity. She manages to wring joy out of her horrendous boarding school years; she manages to infuse her readers with her naturally hopeful outlook.
J. D. Salinger's "signature" book, "The Catcher in the Rye" is an adult version of Peter Pan; Salinger's infamous protagonist Holden Caulfield is a self-admitted adultophobe who refuses to take responsibility for his actions or identify with adult persons. I didn't like Caulfield as a child and I certainly have not been able to like that character as an adult, either. In reading it in adulthood, one cannot help but wonder how much of Holden is really J. D. Salinger. Margaret provides some very interesting insights.
Salinger's treatment of author Joyce Maynard when the later was 18 was disgusting. He tried to control Maynard's life and it sounded as if he was generally taking advantage of her. In reading of this part of his life, one again sees glimpses of Caulfield. Salinger sought the company of a woman young enough to be his daughter and his treatment of her was singularly disgraceful.
This book is truly an eye-opener. It is a well researched biography and well worth the read.
I feel sorry for JD that he may have read this during his life and realized what an unhappy and unloving daughter he really had.
The bitter irony exists that she would have never sold this book if it wasn't for her father, (who wants to know about Peggy Salinger's life?) and yet she tears him down page after page.
I would probably buy a book written by his son, Matthew, just to see if his recollections are similiar or if Peggy stands alone.
I do think this is a worthwhile read, and an overall fascinating and suprisingly unbitter account of growing up with a brilliant but very difficult and damaging parents.
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If you really like J.D. Salinger, please don't read this book. It's just depressing. Frankly I don't doubt the truth of it, but do I really want to know what a nasty self centered... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2004 by Harris Macklin
Most people prefer fiction in there non-fiction.
That the emperor has no clothes is not very interesting when you've pledged your loyalty to an adolescent panderer. Read more
This book, if you really want to know, is not very good. First off, those clips of music from rock groups heading each chapter. Strictly for the birds. Read morePublished on June 7 2003
This book reads like something a person would write in anger, then destroy. Too bad it got published. I can't imagine betraying my own father like this. Read morePublished on April 13 2003
Robin Williams used to tell a joke about his son, saying that whenever he got angry with him his son would say 'you hit me and I'll write a book. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by David Mclain
I adore her, I wish to grow old with her.
She can lose her father, mother, and brother but she will always have me. Read her book, you may fall in love too.
A compelling and beautifully written story of a life. It is so full and rich and satisfying. I loved this memoir. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by Judith Tatelbaum
I think its very relevant that this memoir is almost as long as her fathers complete published works. I read this book from the perspective of a man fascinated by J. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Mr S Groom