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  • Paperback
  • 198 pages
  • Nine Stories
  • J.D. Salinger
  • English
  • 03 May 2016
  • 9780316767729

10 thoughts on “Nine Stories

  1. brian brian says:

    i know of three people who are totally obsessed with jd salinger john hinckleymark david chapmangoodreads david i know of four reasons why i must love this book1 because i don't want to see a list that looks like thisronald reaganjohn lennongoodreads brian2 because in the early 80s salinger was a huge fan of the sitcom mr merlin which was based on the premise wait for it wait for it that merlin yeah that merlin is alive and well in san francisco and working as a mechanic and it gets better salinger became totally obsessed with elaine joyce the lead actress from the show and came out of hiding to track her down and date her joyce could later be seen on just about every single game show and well just watch this clipyeah you really gotta love charles nelson reillyi imagine salinger lonely smelly the bottom of his too large t shirt hard with encrusted sperm top of it soft with drool beard stubble cat hair spoiled milk stale danish waiting all week for the chance to tug at his old man penis to 23 minutes of mr merlin hoarsely shouting in anger and frustration as he’s about to ejaculate and they abruptly cut away from joyce to merlin thank god for tivo and being able to freeze frame or slo mo marisa tomei without having to hoarsely shout at ethan hawke and phillip seymour hoffmanso it’s very funny of course but also incredibly human and poignant and tragic and while the tendency is to ridicule salinger for falling for a third rate sitcom actress it can’t help but humanize and endear him to any of us who have totally completely and inexplicably fallen for someone3 because i'm a shameless contrarian and all you fuckers love to rag on the man so i really wanted to love this book and it wasn't difficult 4 because it's great these stories are great and they don’t even feel like stories but like nine strange impressionist sketches i almost feel that each story should have started and ended with an ellipse you kind of flow from one weird fragmented sketch to the next from the laughing man which makes you feel like a child than any story you’ve ever read into bananafish which is loaded with stunning and surreal imagery than should be allowed in one story and then to Teddy’s strange world of cruise ships and fate and genius childrenget in the ring motherfuckers


  2. David David says:

    If I can get serious for a moment and cast aside the brittle smartassed persona that the social networking aspect of goodreads tends to bring out I'd like to try to express what it is that drives me in this life It is the following belief instilled primarily by my mother an exceptionally smart woman who never suffered fools gladly but had the mitigating grace to be one of the warmest most generous women you could ever hope to meet as well as having one of the greatest voices you can imagine Buttercup Here's the main thing she taught me each of us has an inescapable responsibility to take whatever talent we have been given on this earth and to develop it as far and as well as life allowsThis is so deeply ingrained in my beliefs that I can pretty much trace every major decision I've made in my life back to itWhat does this have to do with the price of eggs? Well it's the reason Jerome David Salinger makes me as mad as all get out Because I can certainly understand why given the perfection of the stories in this collection any writer might not want to risk spoiling his reputation by following up with work that might not reach the same level Hell nothing could possibly reach the perfection of the stories For Esme with Love and Sualor The Laughing Man Down by the Dinghy or Just Before the War with the Eskimos And while I'm not really a great fan of Seymour Glass A Perfect Day for Bananafish is pretty damned awesome as wellSo yeah JD after those stories it's hard to imagine anything better Even anything comparableBut that's still no excuse for not trying you arrogant egotistical bastard You were dealt a monumental unimaginable talent And for you to suat there in fucking communicado in your bloody bunker in New England resting on your admittedly golden freaking laurels is an act of unconscionable unpardonable selfishness I could almost convince myself that your genius crossing over into madness was the explanation for your lack of output but you seem craftily able to sic your lawyers on anyone perceived to encroach on your goddamned privacySo while I can understand the impulse of not wanting to risk your reputation I sure as hell can't forgive it You were granted an incredible gift You should be using itAnd sorry folks it's far beyond me to locate exactly where the genius lies in the particular stories mentioned You really just need to read them for yourselves


  3. Duane Duane says:

    This is as good of a short story collection that one could hope to find Salinger was a heck of a writer certainly well known for his classic The Catcher in the Rye but there is much out there like this little jewel for example I give this 5 stars on the strength of two stories alone but they all were good The two stories I mention are A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esme With Love And Sualor Both have themes involving troubled soldiers returning from World War II Salinger's experiences in the war certainly influenced his writing and may have been partly responsible for his reclusiveness for the last 45 years of his lifeUpdate September 2017 is the release of the movie Rebel in The Rye which is based on the autobiography JD Salinger A Life by Kenneth Slawenski I look forward to reading the book and seeing the movie to learn about this interesting man


  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    If kidnappers had snatched up J D Salinger some time in the early 1970s driven like madmen through the night and the next day too and imprisoned him in a small but pleasant room somewhere near Boise furnished him with with all mod cons and told him he wasn't going anyplace soon until he'd finished at the very least another nine stories and at best three or four complete novels; and if the kidnappers due to an endearing cocktail of naivete and compassion because you know they were just literature fans like you and me not blank eyed killers and they weren't entirely convinced about this whole caper to begin with let it be said let JD go for long walks to get inspiration but really to beat on a nearby farmhouse door and call the cops; and if they were then rounded up not too hard said the cops and put on trial not a jury in the land would have convicted them When the prosecution rested and the defence opened their lawyer would simply have issued a copy of Nine Stories to all 12 jurors and said Ladies and gentlemen I rest my caseThis is not to say that each of the Nine is such a great golden glowing nugget of controlled power insight and wisdom some are but that the whole is such elouent proof of the perspicacity intelligence and all round humanbeingness of JDS that reading this collection is very bittersweet how lovely it all is and how very little of it there is when duller pudgier fingered writers type on and on and publish and publish Anyone who has encountered comments by myself on Ye Olde Catcher in Ye Rye will now accuse me of inconsistency or at least be expecting me to accuse JDS of the same How can I hate the novel for its unbearable whine and Johnny one note somebody shut him up please tiresomeness and yet enjoy all the rest of JDS as I do? They're cut from the same cloth it's not like Picasso's blue period and Picasso the cubist which could have been different guys or the Velvet Underground's first and third albums which could have been a different band But I've come across this in different areas of the universe can't stand Tom Waits until Swordfishtrombones think he's a genius for three albums then can't stand him again Shakespeare's tragedies oui Shakespeare's comedies er non So maybe not that unusualJDS famously published all his stuff between 1951 and 1963 and then STOPPED Which is why the kidnappers pounced they gave him a good ten year rest and that was ENOUGH to their way of thinking And he stopped just as things were getting really interesting He writes of the murderous conformities of American educated middle class life and of the outcasts and especially young kids who either subvert this button down world or bail out swiftly Just as he stopped publishing things began to change the 60s began swinging and the youthuake as it has been termed was upon us Just the very stuff that you might have thought would have fascinated JD What do the kids do when they try to make their own rules up? I feel the absence of JDS throughout the 60s and 70s as i feel the absence of another American writer who STOPPED in 1963 Sylvia Plath I want to know what these two clever clogs would have made of the tumultuous ten years which followed the self stilling of their voices But back to the Nine Stories and to steal a fellow reviewer's catch phraseIs it a classic? Answer Yes GoddamnPS I realise I also speculated upon the advisability of kidnapping Thomas Bernhard elsewhere but that was to save the world from any further novels like Extinction whereas the JD Salinger kidnap is for the opposite reason But I would like to publicly state that I do not condone the imprisonment of any writers for any reasons so please don't try this at home


  5. Kenny Kenny says:

    “Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey” Oh Mr Salinger why couldn’t you have published of these amazing stories in your life time??? Nine Stories a collection of brilliant short stories from JD Salinger It is in this collection where the Glass family the main constituents of Franny and Zooey is first introduced In the next eight stories we meet and get to know characters with an assortment of mental and physical ailments and self discoveriesThis is my second journey with Salinger after Franny and Zooey My favorites here are To Esme – With Love and Sualor The Laughing Man De Daumier Smith’s Blue Period and Teddy A shared thread through all nine stories is the mood of desperation of frustration and of higgledy piggledy identities The characters are very real; these are real people with real issues starting to overspill into their everyday livesThese stories haunt me I found To Esme – With Love and Sualor a story about the effects of war on an individual stayed with me for days It’s so simply written and yet packs so much emotion and observation on the state of war and the mental and physical drain it can take on one person From the one line note about a twitch on the face to a shaky hand the subtle differences from the first half of the story to the second half create an overall dreadful visionWhat is De Daumier Smith’s Blue Period loneliness isolation misrepresentation reinvention escape connection? Who is Jean De Daumier Smith we never really know since this the name the narrator calls himself The fact that we never know Jean’s real name is significant; it serves to highlight the idea of misrepresentation and reinvention Jean appears to be uncomfortable with who he is and by changing his name Salinger allows Jean to reinvent himself The trigger for Jean wishing to reinvent himself stems from the loneliness and isolation that he feels possibly due to his mother’s death By reinventing himself Jean is able to escape from the painful realities of the world around him We all of us can relateThis collection of stories should be read over and over again When I next read these stories I’ll discover something new about one of the characters or catch a new allusion or reference What insights will I glean about the Glass family?I could go on forever about the themes here I could write pages about these people I wonder where Esme is now What will become of Teddy? Does the Chief find love and is he actually The Laughing Man? It's what's left unsaid here that really intrigues Words may go unuttered but still one hopes


  6. emma emma says:

    If I were put together I’d have nine tiny one sentence reviews for this and talk about each story but I’m not and so as is it’s a miracle that I have any notes on it at all and also am writing this less than three months after reading itI always know if I REALLY like a book that is of VERY high uality if it makes me miss being in literature classes This one for example made me desperately wish I were in one so I could debate “Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes” for at LEAST one million yearsBut alas I am a genius and therefore no longer in college Plus I don’t think I ever would have read this in any class anywaySome of these stories didn’t work for me but I REALLY liked some of them as indicated above Salinger writes so gorgeously and there are some truly lovely characters here Esmé and Charles Teddy the Glass familyIt is a very small book of very small stories that I liked very muchBottom line What I just said earlier i stated that i am JD Salinger trashthis statement is confirmedreview to come 4 stars


  7. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    Nine Stories by JD Salinger There are nine deep enigmatic narratives It is always about the motives of childlike innocence the adult world and the invaders of war in the lives of individuals and the isolation of a traumatized man I was surprised that some stories bored me although literary uality can be no doubt Salinger's dialogues are fabulous the course of the stories consistent It's the portrait of an absolutely static Society355


  8. Rolls Rolls says:

    Salinger's Nine Stories should be renamed How to Write Short Stories While many hold up Catcher in the Rye as the zenith of his achievements for me it will always be this wistful and brave little book I re read it two or three times or year I love it that much To be honest out of the nine stories collected here I would say that only a third are Salinger's best Perfect Day for Banafish For Esme With Love and Sualor and The Laughing Man are to me the peaks of short fiction Everything that Salinger does best he does in these three tales Nobody wrote children better than him They leap off the page at you right into your lap Esme her brother Seymour's little friend and the narrator of Laughing Man are so vivid and real you feel like running them all down the street for ice cream and cake They are that true to life Same goes for Seymour in Banana Fish and the narrator of For Esme Nobody got into the heads of brilliant but troubled young people better than Salinger What we hear about Seymour as opposed to what we see creates a palpable and beautifultension The narrator of For Esme's war inflicted emotional problems are drawn with such artistry as to flood over you as you read Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut Daumier Smith's Blue Period and War with the Eskimos to me fall into the damn entertaining but not great category These stories are beautifully observed funny poignant and always a pleasure to read but lack that magic the first three have to spare Of course that being said even being good but not great Salinger makes them better than mostFinally Teddy Down in the Dinghy and Pretty Mouth Green My Eyes are good stories but I feel they suffer from being collected in the same book as the others Each alone is enthralling but not a one of them is a patch on Esme or Bananafish Where the other stories feel like a full meal these come off like snacks Tasty but not uite fillingIf you like Salinger and want to read something by him that won't make you want to shoot a president or a sixties rock star this my friend is the book for you


  9. Robin Robin says:

    Adverbs It's all because of adverbs that I read this collection I asked a wonderful teacher of mine about adverbs whether to use them and all that and the main gist of his answer was Read Nine Stories by JD Salinger He's the master of the adverbGood lord he is The almost 200 page collection is positively see what I did there? LITTERED with them One beautifully ha placed adverb after the next In one paragraph I counted five Five gorgeous adverbs in a single solitary paragraph And it works oh how it works magnificently Take that Stephen KingBesides the adverbs I found two of the most incredible short stories I've ever read A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esmé with Love and Sualor Both of these stories left me with a catch in my throat my pulse racing and not just because of the adverbs and a compulsion to peel the pages back and re experience the power and emotions through this man's cunningly chosen words I tried to explain Esmé to my mother and found myself choking up with tearsInterestingly I could do this all day both stories are similar though one is devastating and the other hopeful Both involve a post WWII soldier suffering from PTSD Both involve the absolute delightful innocence of a child Both feature the most perfect dialogue Actually all of the nine stories feature dialogue I'm going to have to re read this one day just to study the dialogue One of the stories is almost 100% one side of a telephone call I mean this guy was brilliant I just wish he'd written Not all the stories contain the potency of the two I mentioned But each story deserves to be read thoughtfully and enjoyed fully methodically even reverently 5 stars for Esmé


  10. Chloe Chloe says:

    I was sitting at my cube farm today moving numbers from one spreadsheet to another cursing the internet tracking that keeps me from daytime Goodreading and daydreaming of pixies and unicorns when I received an email from my wife that utterly rocked my world Salinger's dead read the short missive and with that my world grew a little gray Normally news of celebrity death does little but placate my immense Schadenfreude but Salinger's death is a serious blow to me and I feel compelled to emote all over my computer screen don't worry I have tissuesWho remembers the moment when they first fell passionately in love with reading? I'm not talking about when you realized that reading was enjoyable or a good distraction from your family or a great way to spend a sunny day in the park I'm talking about when you realized that this was it life could throw anything at you and as long as you had reading you could cope and move on That rather than simply entertaining your world could be expanded and fleshed out by what you glean through a page that this great human fuck up can best be understood by placing yourself within the head of strangers and seeing the world through their eyes for a timeI can chart the exact instant this thought struck me when I first finished reading Salinger's Nine Stories particularly the utterly heart breaking A Perfect Day for Bananafish To this day this book is still my favorite of his limited oeuvre and a surefire contender for Top 5 favorites of all time While he is deservedly renowned for Holden Caulfield's teen angst it is the subtle pathos of Nine Stories that marks him as an author without eual The alienated Seymour Glass who I always pictured as a stand in for Salinger himself and his tragic inability to connect with anyone but young children The prescient Teddy whose thinly veiled Buddhism came years before the Beats began reading Suzuki Esme Charles and the damaged Sergeant X all three of whom I feel an unceasing tenderness for The idolized Chief and the heartbreak of Mary Hudson All of these stories I can return to again and again myself changed by the passing of time and find something new and rewarding to take from them Whether it is his absolutely perfect dialogue I know of no other author who so accurately captures the rhythm and cadence of speech his impulse need? to include a death in nearly all of his stories as if to remind us that even imaginary friends can get hit by buses his endless attempts to put into words the passive disconnection from the rest of humankind that we all at one point or other feel overwhelmed by There is literary merit in this slim volume than the whole New York Times bestseller listI've often harbored the dream of hanging out in Salinger's tiny New Hampshire village and somehow attracting the eye of the reclusive author carrying groceries across the street or some such menial chore We would get to talking and he would offer to read some of my meager works and wonder of wonders offer a few words of advice You know Daydreaming 101 Sadly this will never be If there is a bright side to this tragic passing it is that hopefully he’s been writing feverishly for the past 60 years and his estate will begin posthumously publishing This is the only real kind of immortality available and hopefully Salinger's words will be read for centuries to come


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Nine Stories➯ [Read] ➫ Nine Stories By J.D. Salinger ➻ – Thomashillier.co.uk Nine Stories 1953 is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J D Salinger published in April 1953 It includes two of his most famous short stories A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J D Salinger published in April It includes two of his most famous short stories A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esmé – with Love and Sualor Nine Stories is the US title; the book is published in many other countries as For Esmé with Love and Sualor and Other StoriesThe stories areA Perfect Day for BananafishUncle Wiggily in ConnecticutJust Before the War with the EskimosThe Laughing ManDown at the DinghyFor Esmé – with Love and SualorPretty Mouth and Green My EyesDe Daumier Smith's Blue PeriodTeddy.


About the Author: J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger was an American author best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye as well as his reclusive nature His last original published work was in ; he gave his last interview in Raised in Manhattan Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school and published several stories in the early s before serving in World War II In he publishe.