Book vs film: My Salinger Year

Book (by a whisker). Because:

  • Rakoff’s boss looms differently in the book – Sigourney Weaver’s brilliant and warmer-than-I-anticipated film character was a highlight.
  • The inner lives of those sending fan mail to Salinger were described beautifully (didn’t love the way they were handled in the film).
  • It’s a real New York story (the movie relied on NYC as a visual backdrop but therefore failed to capture Rakoff’s observations about the city).

All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Book. Film*.

*I watched the film as part of Palace Cinemas excellent ‘rent at home’ scheme.


8 responses

  1. I saw the film, but have never seen the book around. I can imagine the book would be richer, but I’m glad you say the film was good, because I liked it. Some called it the literary equivalent of The devil wears Prada, but I thought it was much better, because it had more warmth.

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