Nine Stories

Nine Stories

Book - 1991
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Stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily 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, and Teddy.
Publisher: Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown and Co., 1991, c1981
Edition: 1st LB Books mass market pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780316769501
0316769509
Branch Call Number: CLASS PB Sal 3558
Characteristics: 198 p
Alternative Title: 9 stories

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Mary Jane. Listen. Please," Eloise said, sobbing. "You remember our freshman year, and I had that brown-and-yellow dress I bought in Boise, and Miriam Ball told me nobody wore those kind of dresses in New York, and I cried all night?" Eloise shook Mary Jane's arm. "I was a nice girl," she pleaded, "wasn't I?”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Father said I have no sense of humor at all. He said I was unequipped to meet life because I have no sense of humor.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

"The point is if his dog really died, it would be exactly the same thing. Only he wouldn't know it. I mean he wouldn't wake up till he died himself.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“That cat was a spy. You had to take a pot shot at it. It was a very clever German midget dressed up in a cheap fur coat.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I prayed for the city to be cleared of people, for the gift of being alone—a-l-o-n-e: which is the one New York prayer that rarely gets lost or delayed in channels, and in no time at all everything I touched turned to solid loneliness.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I mean it's very hard to meditate and live a spiritual life in America. People think you're a freak if you try to.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island, inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Listen, if you're not going to be a nun or something, you might as well laugh.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Did you see more glass?”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You take a really sleepy man, Esmé, and he always stands a chance of again becoming a man with all his fac—with all his f-a-c-u-l-t-i-e-s intact.”

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philipriley1234
Nov 27, 2016

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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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Haunting and complex short stories.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

After reading The Catcher in the Rye in class, I was interested in reading more of J. D. Salinger's work. I thought the most striking and haunting short story was "A Perfect Day for Bananafish.” I also noticed all of the stories would have some kind of connection with Salinger's life.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 10, 2015

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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VRMurphy
Jul 28, 2014

As always, exquisitely written but oh, so cynical. Didn't he know or could he not imagine, someone who was good or kind?

multcolib_central Jul 19, 2014

Salinger wrote brilliant short stories of great complexity. Each story is so intimate, some simply profound. There is never a dull moment in these nine short stories. Witty yet tragic. Deftly crafted with no misstep to be seen.

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Jul 16, 2014

This book was great! Salinger is a great storyteller, and one of my favorite authors. Simply put, the short stories embodied well-rounded character and scenario sketches (plausible) with enough detail to bring the stories to life. I'd recommend it to anyone who liked Catcher in The Rye.

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pb100
Apr 03, 2014

Deep messages shared via stories that display Salinger's dark/depressed nature. Very comparable to Catcher in the Rye in the sense that it was very thought-provoking. The stories capture you from the very beginning and then make you think "what the heck is going on?" I had to read some interpretations of these stories online in order to get a full understanding.

adgrace Jan 06, 2012

Such a haunting collection of stories. For me, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is one of those stories that will stay lodged somewhere in the back of my mind forever...

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macierules
Feb 07, 2010

nine short stories that appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Brilliant writing - favourite story is the Perfect Day for a Bananafish.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Consists of various short stories.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

Each short story in Nine Stories had a completely different plot line and conflict than the one preceding it. All were filled with memorable characters and the title of each story would always relate to the text.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Jul 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the short stories deal with depressing characters. A Perfect Day for Bananafish or The Laughing Man are probably the most striking stories.

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