Honestly the only reason I picked this up was to read the short story that had "Eskimo" in its title. I've always been fascinated with the life/mystique/fame of Salinger, but I may not be a fan of his writing. In a very short period of time he was able to make me feel disdain and discomfort with all the characters in this little story. 2-3 stars out of 5 tops.
Salinger expresses his skill in creating very realistic scenes, using strong attention to detail and realistic time progression. "Bananafish" is a good introduction, forcing you to pay close attention to the seemingly unimportant dialogue, as it adds a haunting and beautiful aspect to the story looking back. My personal favorite was "The Laughing Man," because the bus driver's love story seen through the eyes of a young boy creates a scene that the reader can relate to on many levels. And the final story, "Teddy," is a powerful and almost spiritual story that closes the collection in a tragic, magical, and beautifully powerful way. Excellent read!
After reading The Catcher in the Rye in class, I was interested in reading more of J. D. Salinger's work. I thought the most striking and haunting short story was "A Perfect Day for Bananafish.” I also noticed all of the stories would have some kind of connection with Salinger's life.
Over these many years I've often heard so much positive praise about J. D. Salinger as a writer of scathing, cynical humour, but, with these 9 stories of his, I actually found myself feeling quite let-down.
Written by Salinger between 1948-1953, these 9 stories featured far too many gabby, frivolous characters who all seemed to have the annoying tendency of saying "hell" or "chrissake" or "goddamn" far too often, for my liking.
These frequently repeated curses throughout the dialogue of these 9 stories got quite tiresome for me after a short while.
Out of these 9 modern-day tales of bitching drama and biting wit, I thought that "The Laughing Man" was about the best of the lot.
As always, exquisitely written but oh, so cynical. Didn't he know or could he not imagine, someone who was good or kind?
Salinger wrote brilliant short stories of great complexity. Each story is so intimate, some simply profound. There is never a dull moment in these nine short stories. Witty yet tragic. Deftly crafted with no misstep to be seen.
This book was great! Salinger is a great storyteller, and one of my favorite authors. Simply put, the short stories embodied well-rounded character and scenario sketches (plausible) with enough detail to bring the stories to life. I'd recommend it to anyone who liked Catcher in The Rye.
Such a haunting collection of stories. For me, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is one of those stories that will stay lodged somewhere in the back of my mind forever...
nine short stories that appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Brilliant writing - favourite story is the Perfect Day for a Bananafish.
xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
Each short story in Nine Stories had a completely different plot line and conflict than the one preceding it. All were filled with memorable characters and the title of each story would always relate to the text.
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Some of the short stories deal with depressing characters. A Perfect Day for Bananafish or The Laughing Man are probably the most striking stories.
“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”