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.

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