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Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
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Nine Stories (1953)

by J. D. Salinger

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An interesting set of short stories that tells a lot about the author, if you know anything of his life story. ( )
  charlie68 | Oct 24, 2018 |
Why not ten? ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
This is a great collection of Salinger stories. I especially liked The Laughing Man, Teddy, and A Perfect Day for Bananafish. Though not much generally happens in the stories, it is the essence and feelings that they evoke that really did it for me. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Sep 22, 2018 |
It's a pity to see children become determined and concise! ( )
  nhukhue | Aug 30, 2018 |
Embarassingly, I had never read these iconic stories before; having been unimpressed by a glancing encounter with The Catcher in the Rye, I thought of them as irrelevant and dated bits of New Yorker-ly ephemera. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?): "WRONG!" I was stunned by how deeply strange and violent these stories are, full of bitter class envy, alcoholism, psychosis, and other vivid depravities. Salinger's style is full of remarkably precise descriptions that are ominous in what they don't say, or what they only imply: unsettling arhythmic prose. ( )
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Salinger, J. D.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benton-Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judd, RogerCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Dorothy Olding and Gus Lobrano
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There were ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the long-distance lines, the girl in 507 had to wait from noon till almost two-thirty to get her call through.
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Life is a gift horse in my opinion.
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Non-U.S. editions of J.D. Salinger's short story collection Nine Stories are titled For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories. "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" is also the title of a single Salinger short story from Nine Stories. Please distinguish between the collection of stories (this LT work) and the separate short story having the same title. Thank you.
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Published as Nine Stories in the U.S., and as For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories in the U.K. and other countries.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316767727, Paperback)

In the J.D. Salinger benchmark "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Seymour Glass floats his beach mate Sybil on a raft and tells her about these creatures' tragic flaw. Though they seem normal, if one swims into a hole filled with bananas, it will overeat until it's too fat to escape. Meanwhile, Seymour's wife, Muriel, is back at their Florida hotel, assuring her mother not to worry--Seymour hasn't lost control. Mention of a book he sent her from Germany and several references to his psychiatrist lead the reader to believe that World War II has undone him.

The war hangs over these wry stories of loss and occasionally unsuppressed rage. Salinger's children are fragile, odd, hypersmart, whereas his grownups (even the materially content) seem beaten down by circumstances--some neurasthenic, others (often female) deeply unsympathetic. The greatest piece in this disturbing book may be "The Laughing Man," which starts out as a man's recollection of the pleasures of storytelling and ends with the intersection between adult need and childish innocence. The narrator remembers how, at nine, he and his fellow Comanches would be picked up each afternoon by the Chief--a Staten Island law student paid to keep them busy. At the end of each day, the Chief winds them down with the saga of a hideously deformed, gentle, world-class criminal. With his stalwart companions, which include "a glib timber wolf" and "a lovable dwarf," the Laughing Man regularly crosses the Paris-China border in order to avoid capture by "the internationally famous detective" Marcel Dufarge and his daughter, "an exquisite girl, though something of a transvestite." The masked hero's luck comes to an end on the same day that things go awry between the Chief and his girlfriend, hardly a coincidence. "A few minutes later, when I stepped out of the Chief's bus, the first thing I chanced to see was a piece of red tissue paper flapping in the wind against the base of a lamppost. It looked like someone's poppy-petal mask. I arrived home with my teeth chattering uncontrollably and was told to go straight to bed."

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