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Nine Stories
Nine Stories
Author: J.D. Salinger
ISBN-13: 9780553263602
ISBN-10: 0553263609
Publication Date: 12/1/1983
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Leigh avatar reviewed Nine Stories on + 378 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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_.
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Helpful Score: 1
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
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Each story better than the last, until you reach the last, best story. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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Good read!
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A classic. These nine stories involve members of the Glass family who are the subject of most of Salinger's fiction (other than The Catcher in the Rye).
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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.
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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.
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This is a compilation of nine short stories by J.D. Salinger.
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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.

This book has no threesomes.
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classic salinger
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Collection of about 10 short stories.
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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.