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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

All That David Copperfield Kind Of Crap

Considering J.D.Salinger's famous seclusion, and the fact that he last published a short story almost 40 years ago, it's amazing how much his spirit seems to animate contemporary authors and how often he's invoked by book reviewers. Here's a selection -- all from just the last 30 days:

This stuff isn’t entirely original. J D Salinger’s Glass family is also prematurely wise.
- From a review of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close in The Times, May 29

It is a voice first adopted 50 years ago by JD Salinger, the one in which he explored how the impossibly nuanced lives of the Glass family might shatter in modern America.
- From a review of the same book in The Guardian, May 29

[C]lassic Danielle Steel material, though Sean Wilsey rinses it through J. D. Salinger's literary sieve.
- From a review of Sean Wilsey's Oh The Glory Of It All, in The Globe And Mail, June 4

Alma Singer, a precocious 14-year-old Brooklyn girl, seems to have escaped...from a J.D. Salinger story.
- From a review of Nicole Krauss' A History Of Love, in The Houston Chronicle, June 10

Sittenfeld's detailed and realistic portrayal of the life of a Midwest outsider...already seems headed straight into the prep school literary pantheon -- J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" (1951), John Knowles "A Separate Peace" (1959) and Donna Tartt's "A Secret History" (1992).
- From an article on Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, in The Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 17

[A] metaphysical and a New Age novel that is a hybrid cross between J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” and Herman Hesse’s “Siddhartha.”
- From a review of Nirvana, by Kevin Marley, in The American Chronicle, June 28


  • Boy that's some memory you must have!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:59 AM  

  • Merely the result of digging around on some search, if only one could remember where one's spectacles are :)

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 4:35 PM  

  • I am actually not surprised. If anything, his seclusion adds to the mystery. And considering the fact that Catcher in the Rye was SUCH a cult book, that he has such a distinctive style, and that its being taught in schools in the US makes such comments understandable.

    By Blogger Kafka on the Shore, at 5:20 PM  

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