A great collection if you appreciate Salinger's writing. It's his typical style - just telling you what's going on, giving you just enough detail to visually see it. One story, in particular, sticks with me. "A Good Day for Bananafish" - at first, I took it for what it was; then, I realized there was a much, much deeper meaning to his words. And that caused me to re-evaluate the other eight stories. Recommended if you enjoyed _Catcher in the Rye_.
A perfect day for bananafish; Uncle wiggly in connecticut; just before the war with the eskimos; the laughing man; down at the dinghy; for esme- with love and squalor; pretty mouth and green my eyes; de daumier-smith's blue period; teddy
Two of the stories included in this collection ("A Perfect Day for Banannafish" and "For Esme with Love and Squalor" are among my very favorite pieces fiction. There is something so poignant about these two stories that touched me deeply. There is no author that writes mental illness with more authenticity or expresses internal conflict, anguish, and unhappiness better.
Since the publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, the works of J.D. Salinger have been acclaimed for their humor, intensity, and their lack of phoniness. A collection of short fiction, Nine Stories contains works with those qualities that make Salinger such a well-loved author.
People make a lot of all the symbolism in Salinger. I, for one, think these stories work better as perspicacious sketches of human behavior. Highlights -
"For Esme, with Love and Squalor" - about the sweetest sad story ever
"Laughing Man" - nice picture of a relationship going south from the POV of an eleven year old
"de Maurier-Smith's Blue Period" - very funny story told a New Yorker-esque detached style of humor.
I don't feel that I can review this book accurately, as this is not my usual cup of tea. Salinger looks inside the human character, and shows us the unpleasantness that lurks behind each face. I did not find most of them interesting, or 'get' their meaning, however I'm sure someone out there will.