Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

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I really, really enjoyed this collection of stories...Read the book in one go, or read one story at a time, either way, this book should be read.
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The 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.

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J. D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919. He attended Manhattan public schools, Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, and three colleges, but received no degrees. He joined the U. S. Army in 1942 and fought in the D-Day invasion at Normandy as well as the Battle of the Bulge, but suffered a nervous breakdown and checked himself into an Army hospital in Germany in 1945. In December 1945, his short story I'm Crazy was published in Collier's. In 1947, his short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish was published in The New Yorker. Throughout his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 short stories and a handful of novellas, which were published in magazines and later collected in works such as Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. The Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951, was his only novel. His last published story, Hapworth 16, 1924, appeared in 1965. He spent the remainder of his years in seclusion and silence. He died of natural causes on January 27, 2010 at the age of 91.
Published January 30, 1953 by Little, Brown and Company. 320 pages
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Reviewed by Sabrina on Jun 30 2009

Most of the other stories were intriguing and kept me interested and thinking. Then I got to "Teddy." You were so close, Salinger, and you had to go and throw in a wunderkind who's just soooo spiritual and monologues about life and meaning and reincarnation all over the place. Overall, though, good show, old chap.

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Reviewed by Jillian Lauren on Sep 24 2010

The book got inside me in a way that changed me irrevocably and, conversely, felt like it had been there all along. And that, I imagined, would be what having a lover would feel like.

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The Novel World

on Nov 14 2011

I really, really enjoyed this collection of stories...Read the book in one go, or read one story at a time, either way, this book should be read.

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Kevin from Canada

on Feb 02 2010

The characters in these stories are both gentler and scarier than Holden Caulfield and his story in The Catcher in the Rye. Every one of the stories has its own appeal...

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Reviewed by Tyler on Feb 22 2011

I will certainly read the rest of Salinger’s stories and novellas, as I judged him too harshly based upon The Catcher in the Rye.

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