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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad, you'll laugh.
/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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of lost innocence
These nine short stories will appeal to those who enjoyed the dry observations, the grim resistance to adulthood and the honesty that encapsulated The Catcher in the Rye. Far less well-known, this collection is partly a reflection on an American society coming to grips with the aftermath of war; its characters include those who have been traumatised by conflict and those...
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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
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/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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Epiphanies That Drag You into the Stories, 6 Mar. 2011
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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. Afterward, even when just traveling over water, you continue to "see" that hidden, submerged world.

The brilliance of these nine stories comes in one brief epiphany per story where you move from being outside the story to being in the story . . . and having your sense of what happened in the story permanently changed. It's well beyond the O. Henry ironic twist.

The writing that goes into just a sentence or a brief paragraph to create that transformation is stunning. Who knew that words could convey so much meaning?

Most fiction writing today is pretty slapdash by comparison. The richness of each story made me feel as though I had just enjoyed a gourmet feast . . . without feeling over full.

Salinger's understanding of children, how they communicate, and how they respond are remarkable.

For a deeper appreciation for the personal sources for these stories, I suggest you read Kenneth Slawenski's new biography of J.D. Salinger. Read the stories first. You may not agree with biographer's views about each story.

Bravo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 30 Mar. 1998
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of feelings, 2 May 1999
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I can see the problem with most of the people that didn't like this book. They expected stories... but this book's main course aren't stories, but feelings. Salinger used stories, places, characters and situations to paint feelings, the way a painter would use oil and canvas to paint a picture. So at the end of the story you don't have to see if you liked the story... what you got to do is look at how do you feel after you've read it. What Salinger tried to make you feel is mostly feelings like melancholy, and he succeeds at that, and thats what makes it a great book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Thanks Buddy!", 30 Jan. 2010
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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 on a higher plane. His Seymour for instance is like Siegfried, a spiritual seeker amongst a world of cold indifference. Salinger rejected the commercial world of critics and intellectuals most probably because he was bored of the simplistic classifications they were so keen to bind him to. But for me, a humble reader, Salinger is about as pure a literary voice as has ever set sail in world literature. I love all his books, with a particular fondness for "Raise The Roofbeams High, Carpenters" and "Franny & Zooey" but "Catcher" is no less great than either of those two. But if you want to start somewhere different with Jerome, you could consider "9 Stories". Salinger's 9 stories is literary Jazz. Each story is a ballad told in different keys, both major and minor. Each story has a "hook" that haunts you like a song. You can read through the entire collection in one sitting, but you'll forever be returning to each of the stories individually time immemorial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfu and moving, makes you glad to be the reader, 24 Oct. 1997
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy days, 8 Dec. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe even better than 'catcher in the rye', 21 July 2011
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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 Man'. The narrator recalls belonging to a boys' club in his childhood, where the youthful 'Chief' would regale the children in his care with a far fetched but thrilling saga of a heroic character called the laughing man. This individual had given most of his fortune away to monks ('humble ascetics who had dedicated their lives to raising police dogs') and he subsisted exclusively on rice and eagles' blood in a tiny cottage with an underground gymnasium on the stormy coast of Tibet. The Chief subsequently has a short lived romantic relationship but after it comes to an end (made all the more touching by the fact we only witnesss it through the child's eyes) he abruptly winds up the narrative; the laughing man hears his pet wolf is dead and refuses the lifesaving vial of eagles' blood. After all the humour, the end is suddenly particularly sad. BRILLIANT writing.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Short Fiction, 6 Sept. 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bedside Salinger!, 20 Mar. 1999
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To all those people who went: 'wow!' when they gave their eyes the gift of 'Catcher in the Rye', this book is a must! It is the perfect item to join the lamp, the alarm clock and the glass of water on the bedside table and can be the highlight of your journey home on the bus every evening. I myself, a 17 year old, British Salinger fan who wishes that New York was nearer, would go as far to say that 'Bananafish' is a classic. The ending shocked me and made me think 'Thank God for J.D!'. If you are a fan of Salinger's then take advantage of Amazon and buy this Goddam piece of history.
(P.S. If you think I am being over-the-top about all of this, just get the book and then apologise).
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