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Nine Stories [Mass Market Paperback]

J. D. Salinger
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Little Brown Mass Market Pbk. Ed edition (1 Jan 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316769509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316769501
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J D Salinger was born in 1919. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in 1963. He lives in Cornish, New Hampshire.

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"DeDaumier-Smith's Blue Period," "Teddy," and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger's perceptive and realistic short stories.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad, you'll laugh. 17 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
/Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger is a compilation of nine classic Salinger tales each with the intriguing characters for which the author is known and loved. /The first story, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish", draws the reader into the light, airy atmosphere of a summer day at the beach only to devastate with an ending not for the weak of heart. Each tale to follow paints an increasingly intriguing picture of sometimes frighteningly real people in uncommon situations that the author somehow manages to present as almost ordinary. /For Salinger fans or new comers to his work, Nine Stories is a must. Read it one story at a time if you can manage to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD:

"A great eagle with large wings and long pinions,
Full of feathers of various colors,
Came to Lebanon
And took from the cedar the highest branch.
He cropped off its topmost young twig
And carried it to a land of trade;
He set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took some of the seed of the land
And planted it in a fertile field;
He placed it by abundant waters
And set it like a willow tree.
And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature;
Its branches turned toward him,
But its roots were under it.
So it became a vine,
Brought forth branches,
And put forth shoots.
But there was another great eagle with large wings and many feathers;
And behold, this vine bent its roots toward him,
And stretched its branches toward him,
From the garden terrace where it had been planted,
That he might water it.
It was planted in good soil by many waters,
To bring forth branches, bear fruit,
And become a majestic vine."' -- Ezekiel 17:1-8 (NKJV)

If you read only one book of short stories this year, make it this one.

I had not read these stories in over 40 years, and I decided it was time to revisit them.

Reading each story reminded me of my first trip on a glass-bottom boat. While such a boat is moving, you don't see much below you. Then, the captain stops over a coral reef teeming with life, and a hidden world reveals itself in startling clarity. Your perspective shifts from above water to below the water . . . and stays there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 30 Mar 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the few books I have ever not been able to tear away from. The endings are abrupt and thought provoking. The characters seemed complex and interesting however I could tell by certain situations and dialogue that there were a lot of Holden Caulfield's in it. I was, however, very touched and thought a lot about the book some time after reading it. The writing, as always it superb and the characters are three dimensional. Personally I like it but it is important to remember the time and settings of the book and Salinger's writing style. I thought that all of the stories were neither better nor worse than the next; they were just different. They showed different perspectives on life and how one views it. Even though Salinger may not have expereinced everything he worte about, it made me feel as if he had, or even as if I were there. If a writer can captivate a situation or feeling as well as that, you know he must be good. This book is just that, except maybe I could go so far as to say it's fabulous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book takes a very eccentric look into the lives of many different people. The surrealistic "The Laughing Man" looks at the toll human growth takes from your life. The bus driver, through telling the story, realizes he is no longer a child, and reluctently must realize this. "A Perfect Day ffor Bananafish" is one that must be read and read again to catch the answers to why. Characters' mannerisms clue the reader into these answers. Salinger, in these stories, really has captured the human heart and mankind in a natural and personal way. A real book!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Short Fiction 6 Sep 1999
By A Customer
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This book is essential if (a) you've ever read Salinger, and (b) if you love short fiction. These tales brought him to the top of my list of favorite short story writers. He is able to paint exquisite pictures of people with their words and mannerismns, often needing little else to move story's narrative. What I particularly enjoy is his occaisional touch of humorous irony that is sometimes reminiscant of John Collier (known more as a poet than short story writer, many of his stories turned up on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and some even on TWILIGHT ZONE). Salinger, for the most part, provides much stronger endings than are popular with today's slice-of-life short fiction. They are often surprising and always thought-provoking. I may be old fashioned, but I believe this is how short stories should be written--and it's how I try to write mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy days 8 Dec 2010
By ChuckM
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am ecstatic to report that 'Nine Stories', despite its general links to Holden Caulfield's world in 'Catcher in the Rye', this book of short stories holds barely any resemblance to it's exceptionally famous predecessor. I was gripped from the off by the edgy, strangeness of the stories, as well as their ambiguous endings. The characters are are established quickly and with feeling, leaving the reader more than enough time to be consumed by the situations they find themselves in and wanting to know more. The final story in this collection is an absolute peak and made my day. A great surprise for an author I had quite wrongly pigeon-holed. Happy days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent nostalgic read would thoroughly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by JA
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good stories
There is one really super story here - about the young artist who goes to work for an art school. It is a real gem.

But the rest are not that good - even poor.
Published 6 months ago by Stuart Tomanek
5.0 out of 5 stars The closest you can come to life
When I first red A Perfect Day for Bananafish, it blew my mind. This was the closest any writer had come to
life to my knowledge. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Bray Falslev
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories at their best
I'm not sure there is a writer I can consider more worthy of the crown and glory of being the king of short stories, like I consider Salinger. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by EvansJJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent And Thought Provoking
After being captivated by The Catcher In The Rye I wanted to read more of Salinger's books. I purchased this and once again found myself under Salinger's spell. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Thom
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe even better than 'catcher in the rye'
Also issued as 'for Esme with love and squalor'. One of my favourite books, this FANTASTIC collection of short stories is in turn tragic and hilarious, notably in 'The Laughing... Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by sally tarbox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but leaves you when it gets interesting!
Salinger is awesome - we know that and this book doesnt disappoint except (and just for me) that the stories bring you in so quickly that they often end just when they get your... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by UKstd1
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Squalor
A beautiful selection of stories from the elusive enigma that was J.D Salinger. Appearing on the surface to be simple tales of people's lives, his works actually explore the... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Big Joan
2.0 out of 5 stars The truth as I see it,
It's been well over 30 years I've meant to read 'The Catcher in the Rye'
I finally got around to it. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by G. Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars "Thanks Buddy!"
Farewell J.D. The superficial obituaries talk mostly of your "Catcher In The Rye", but the true devotees know that more than just bibles of "Preppy" angst, Salinger's works operate... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by Mr. M. M. Waller
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