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!

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