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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  89,293 ratings  ·  2,446 reviews
Se le avventure di Holden hanno avuto per l'America un valore emblematico, è in questi racconti che lo humour, la spietatezza, le grazia e la tragica amarezza di Salinger trovano la loro perfetta espressione. Il loro punto di partenza è il "parlato" più colloquiale e modulato sulle effimere cadenze della moda. Per Salinger solo i bambini e chi ha vissuto l'orrore della gue...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published 2004 by Einaudi (first published 1953)
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Oct 08, 2009 brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to brian by: david
i know of three people who are totally obsessed with j.d. salinger:

john hinckley
mark david chapman
goodreads david

i know of four reasons why i (must) love this book:

1) because i don't want to see a list that looks like this:

ronald reagan
john lennon
goodreads brian

2) 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.

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 im...more
Oct 31, 2013 sckenda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to sckenda by: Kenneth Agee
The writing is elegant. I never realized that there are so many graceful ways to describe the way a person dangles a cigarette, flicks an ash, tosses back a cocktail, or lobs an insult like a grenade. Salinger reveals the story indirectly through dialogue. In my opinion, “the rule” that good writers show but never tell is mere cant-–but I recognize Salinger’s talent for "showing" is of the highest order. I also appreciate his originality because I had no idea where any of these stories was going...more
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 lit...more
Mar 06, 2007 Rolls rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of rainy days, Belle and Sebastian and Wes Anderson
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 Squalor," and "The Laughing Man" are to me the peaks of short fiction. E...more
Mar 12, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rocky Dennis in Heaven
Recommended to Mariel by: the girl from back then
It has been a long time since I read Nine Stories. For once I don't care about getting older. This wasn't about that. So I started rereading Nine Stories in my car on my work lunch breaks. Getting through the day necessities stuff. I really needed an old friend. I was at a loss in a bad depths of despair kinda way that I cannot put in a meaningful way that will mean shit to anyone else. I remembered Nine Stories was good to me. I'm in no mood for anything more than that. Friends.

This probably wo...more
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 more 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 compel...more
This is one of "those" books. The ones where I turn the final page and sigh and wonder how I can convince other people that it's worth reading. Consider this: There are 30,520 ratings for this book here on Good Reads. The average of all those ratings is 4.18. Nothing I could say would be more convincing than that. Read it and marvel.

My two favorite stories are For Esme--With Love and Squalor, and Down at the Dinghy. I think I liked these best because I love the way Salinger writes about childre...more

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Most of these stories make a statement (or two, or more) about how our past, and our interactions with each other, affect our lives. I had this feel that in some way, the stories represented our disconnections from one another, from reality, and from full knowledge; the slippery grasp we have of our perceptions, and our tendency to judge too quickly.

Salinger often gets this across through arresting dialogue among individuals, typically with at least one of the individuals in some way being "di...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Mar 15, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: one and all
Recommended to Noran by: JEF
simply my best friend during a 21 day 1,800 mile solo road trip along the Oregon coast--14 years ago, after my mother's passage. i was 33 and this was the first time i had gonw anywhere and done anything alone like this ever. this book dined with me for lunch and dinner--charming and a delight.
others were jealous of us, and the fun we had. i read slow,just like sipping a fine wine--to make it last as long as possible.

yes i had other with me, and i sent boxes of purchases back as well, this one h...more
Creative writing teachers the world over who deserve the title should have a portrait of Salinger hanging in their office above the words of that shop-worn classroom mantra "Show, don't tell." In this book Salinger does an incredible job of telling stories between the lines of the physical words on the page.

A truly monumental event occurred in the tadpole household as I was reading this book. That event was that my wife also picked it up and started reading behind me. Usually, I think that if s...more
Alright, well. That was umm... I don't know what that was.

I needed to read a non-Goodreads friend recommended book for a challenge, and this is what I got saddled with. I've never read any Salinger, and honestly, this doesn't have me rushing out to change that fact.

Thankfully, it was short. I started it at the dentist today, thinking that short stories would be suited better to the name-called-then-sit-and-wait, rinse, repeat style of office visits. And it was, because I sure as hell didn't mi...more
These nine stories are, one and all, variations on a single theme: the idealization/fetishization of childhood innocence. Put another way: all nine of these stories touch upon Salinger's pet topic --- the tragic demise of emotionally fragile man-children who are unable to come to grips with such stresses as modern warfare and the depersonalization of 20th-century urban living.

This recurring theme is handled with tenderness, humor, and, often, undeniable genius. Salinger's amazingly lifelike port...more
What is there to say? Salinger is brilliant. His ear is impeccable. The way his characters talk!! Ah me, it's just perfect. And the children! Goodness, these are the people for whom the word precocious was invented. Earnestly, touchingly, achingly precocious. And I don't even like children!

But the real point, of course, is that everyone and everything is just so sad. These are some of the saddest characters in literature, maybe. Everyone drinks too much, smokes too much, talks too much, cries to...more
Nick G
This was suggested by a contact as being one of the best short story collections in existence. It did not let me down.

I read Catcher In the Rye years ago, and havent given much thought to Salinger since. But after reading these stories, I intend to read his other two popular novels as well.

I won't say every short story in here is the best short story ever, but they nearly all reflect his uniquely great writing style. What this is, to me, is his ability to "show" instead of "tell". Often written...more
I always felt Salinger was overrated. Nine Stories is a perfect example of this. This really is the birth of New Yorker upper-crust fiction and for that alone I would go back in time to stop Salinger from writing this book. It would lead to an endless train of stories about upper-crust kids finding ennui at summer camp or the dissolution of another seemingly happily marriage that underneath -- shock! horror! yes, you guessed it -- is really not all it's cracked up to be.

In these stories, Salinge...more
The first and last of JD Salinger's Nine Stories are the best - A Perfect Day for a Bananafish and Teddy. All the stories have something to offer, though. I like Salinger's writing because he doesn't offer a tidy beginning or end. It's like he's saying "Here's the tidbit I'm giving you, so work with it or don't." There's no blatant theme that strings the stories together. Salinger's characters are psychologically complex, and often outsiders. Their method of thinking (if it's a story where we ar...more
Everyone has his or her own personal journey to follow. As a friend or relative, you can be there for them, offer advice and caution them when you see danger, but in the end, each person has to make a choice about how to live their lives. Only something inside of you will make a difference in you.

Just like Nemo and Marlin in Finding Nemo.

I finished J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories last night. I find that I enjoy reading Salinger. Unlike my experience with Virginia Woolf, who writes beautiful and poi...more
Larry Bassett
I have this quite new boxed set of the Salinger books. All my Salingers were the worse for wear and I “needed” a new set, I decided. I pulled out this one because I am reading short stories and decided that it is possible to read several books of short stories at the same time. I have read Nine Stories a long time ago, maybe before I was in college in the 1960s. For some reason I idealized J.S. Salinger in those days, probably because he was such an evasive recluse. I didn’t know at the time tha...more
I am very impressed with this collection of short-stories!

This is the only book I've read from Salinger other than Catcher in the Rye, and I'm just so amazed by his story telling prowess. More than anything, he has such a special way of creating completely unique, three-dimensional characters. I laughed many times at some of their zany traits. There's a good mix of silly, tongue-and-cheek comedy alongside downright emotionally touching stories. Salinger has this interesting ability to write a w...more
Apr 10, 2007 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Short story writers of the world
This is, I think, Salinger's best book. Begins and ends with a suicide, but oh well! In particular, "Perfect Day for Bannanafish" and "For Esme with Love and Squalor" and, maybe, "Teddy," are just amazing stories. There are about 15 stories I've read in my life that seem just perfect, and "For Esme" is one of them. It's probably the most affecting story about war that I've read (on par with "The Things They Carried"), though it actually dodges the war, itself -- i.e. the story takes place immedi...more
This really hit me in the emotional part of my brain. Or heart. Or whatever. I was not expecting to like this a ton. A friend once wanted me to read Catcher in the Rye and it was her favorite book and after one chapter I had to put it down. It surprised me when I started reading the first story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and actually laughed. Then I was hooked because the scene seemed to be completely natural and at the same time bizarre. My favorite was "For Esme - With Love and Squalor" an...more
I wish J.D. had written another novel or two. None of his short stories do it for me like Catcher. But there are at least four in this collection that I really like, and A Perfect Day for Bannanafish is just perfect.

Also I read this on an endless day of traveling while backpacking, so maybe I wasn´t in quite the right mood to read and savor these.
Mohamadreza najafi
یکی از بهترین مجموعه داستانهای کوتاهی که تا به حا خوندم -داریوش مهرجویی با اقتباس از داستان اول این مجموعه یعنی :یک روز خوش برای موز ماهی بخشی از فیلم پری رو ساخت و جذابیت شخصیت اصلی این رمان خود نویسنده را رها نکرد تا جایی که خود او بعد ها رمانی در باره ی این شخصیت نوشت :سیمور پیشگفتار-نجاران تیر های سقف را بالاتر بگذارید
I loved this collection of stories, but I think describing or defining them in any way is beyond me. They were just nothing like I expected and probably nothing like anything else I've read. I've tried to read The Catcher in the Rye in the past and didn't enjoy it at all (although I may give it another go at some point), but my experience with this was completely different - so even if you disliked or have no interest in Catcher, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. That's all I'm going t...more
This book really upsets me, because it makes me doubt my commitment to thinking that Salinger is an overrated hack who, if he did possess the mad writing talent everyone seems to think he did, should perhaps have not wasted it all by hiding in his basement for fifty years, because then not only did we have to listen to our English teachers gasp about his reclusive-ness but it *still* didn't stop them from forcing teenagers the world over to have "Catcher in the Rye" shoved down their throats sin...more
Кремена Михайлова

I have read “For Esmé - with Love and Squalor” five times – three times in Bulgarian and twice in English. I have always felt the final sentence to be the most amazing one: “You take a really sleepy man, Esme, and he always stands a chance of again becoming a man with all his fac-with all his f-a-c-u-1-t-i-e-s intact.” But now I burst into tears for the first time at this one: "Goodbye," Esme said. "I hope you return from the war with all your faculties intact."

Have I missed (or underrated) this...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
"Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut" is so good. There's nothing here, just two people chatting... about nothing in particular. A little girl appears and then disappears in between, she has an imaginary friend. Her mother doesn't even bother to contemplate it. She is mean maybe, that's what we know about her yet, or we think we do. Then something emerges, like your face in a steamy mirror. It is so subtle, it touches your intellect and leaves in an instant. I closed the book, and kept wondering for few...more
Jul 04, 2007 Frederick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love vignettes.
Shelves: stories, salinger
This is my favorite Salinger book. It's a collection of his stories, most or all of which appeared in THE NEW YORKER from about 1947 to 1960 or so.
I find a definite erotic appeal in these stories. The characters sit in bed, cradling the phone, smoking cigarettes in an eternal Sunday morning. You'd have to see NOW, VOYAGER for a more charged depiction of cigarette-smoking.
I believe these people exist. They are lonely, insistent and awkward. Somehow, they are beautiful. They are not decadent, but...more
I probably would have appreciated this far more if I was still filled with teenage angst . . . you know, rather than adult angst, which is actually much worse.

I enjoyed this far more than the 3 stars imply, but the rest of you rated this way too highly and I feel obligated to 'balance it out.'

And how is it that all nine stories can have such different endings that somehow feel like the same ending over and over again. Yeah yeah, life isn't what you thought it would be, dude, we get it.

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"For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" 2nd part unnecessary? 13 76 17 hours, 9 min ago  
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Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980. Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948 he publishe...more
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