By Joyce Maynard

ISBN-10: 0312202296

ISBN-13: 9780312202293

Within the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, released a canopy tale within the ny occasions journal approximately existence within the sixties. among the letters of compliment, deals for writing assignments, and request for interviews was once a one-page letter from the famously reclusive writer, J.D. Salinger.

Don't depart unhappy is the tale of a woman who enjoyed and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the girl she turned. an important turning aspect in Joyce Maynard's lifestyles happened while her personal daughter became eighteen--the age Maynard was once while Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five yr silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her courting with Salinger for the 1st time, in addition to the complex , afflicted and but inventive nature of her formative years and kinfolk. She vividly describes the main points of the days and her existence with the finesse of a usual storyteller.

Courageously written by way of a ladies made up our minds to permit her existence to spread with authenticity, Don't depart unhappy is a testomony to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

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By 1895 steam had replaced sail, and Slocum could no longer practice the profession he had learned at sixteen and mastered by thirty-seven. By constructing his own reality, even at the expense of friends, family, and colleagues, he might find his true self. Like the author, readers must also search for Slocum舗s true self, for he does not reveal it readily. To find the inner Slocum we must read his narrative as closely as we would a novel or poem, navigating our course not only by surfaces but also by undercurrents.

Central to its appeal is Slocum舗s persona, the image of himself that he presents to his readers. He learned on the lecture stage the value of humor, understatement, even self deprecation, and put them to good use in constructing a colloquial voice for his narrative. 舡 By employing the vernacular舒the spoken language of ordinary people舒writers can create a folksy narrator who sounds like he舗s telling a story over the backyard fence. Such deceptive simplicity encourages belief, no matter how strange the tale might be.

Such deceptive simplicity encourages belief, no matter how strange the tale might be. And Slocum certainly had plenty of strange things to relate. When he was mistaken for the Antichrist at Rodriguez Island in the Indian Ocean, Slocum remarked, 舠It was a curious thing that at all of the islands some reality was insisted on as unreal, while improbabilities were clothed as hard facts舡 (p. 182). His job as a writer is to make the unreal real, to dazzle readers with the astonishing nature of his voyage while maintaining their trust.

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