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Nine Stories

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  114,842 Ratings  ·  3,272 Reviews
The Stories:

"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" (1948)
"Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" (1948)
"Just Before the War with the Eskimos" (1948)
"The Laughing Man" (1949)
"Down at the Dinghy" (1949)
"For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" (1950)
"Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" (1951)
"De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" (1952)
"Teddy" (1953)
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1953)
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Aug 16, 2008 brian rated it it was amazing
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.

Jul 03, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
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
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 more 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 Squalor. Both have themes involving troubled soldiers returning from World War II. Salinger ...more
Paul Bryant
Jun 10, 2009 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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 it was amazing
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
“Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island, inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey.”

Oh J.D., why couldn’t you have published more of these amazing stories in your life time???


Nine Stories -- a collection of brilliant short stories from J.D. 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 ailmen
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nine Stories = A Perfect Day for Bananafish (1948), Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut (1948), Just Before the War with the Eskimos (1948), The Laughing Man (1949), Down at the Dinghy (1949), For Esmé – with Love and Squalor (1950), Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes (1951), De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period (1952), Teddy (1953), J.D. Salinger
دلتنگیهای نقاش خیابان چهل و هشتم، یا «نه داستان» در عنوان انگلیسی کتاب؛ نام مجموعه ای از نه داستان کوتاه است از جروم دیوید سلینجر. عنوان اصلی کتاب یا همان «نه داستان»
Oct 21, 2016 Pantelis rated it it was amazing
Published in 1948, 3 years before The Catcher in the Rye, A Perfect Day for Bananafish is the scariest and bleakest short story I know. World War 2 did to Salinger what World War 1 did to Celine and suicidal Seymour's ghost haunts all of Salinger's subsequent works, what we have read and certainly what remains to be read. Everything he read is interconnected, a hall of mirrors (magic mirrors), a labyrinth, and Seymour is both Asterion and the guest-star from Athens...
Apr 26, 2007 Chloe rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2007 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Jan 23, 2017 Tristan rated it really liked it
Not being too fond of Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye – and having, in fact, a vivid recollection of me chucking it after about a 100 pages into a far-flung, dusty corner out of sheer tedium in high school (reading assignments are hemlock for stubborn minds) - I wasn’t particularly looking forward to his short story collection. Would it just be an assortment of variations on Holden Caulfield? I feared the worst.

Boy was I happy to be proven wrong. Talk about rising to low expectations, huh? How I
Apr 23, 2016 Helle rated it really liked it
A slightly mixed bag of stories with some gems among them, notably A Perfect Day for Bananafish and, especially, Teddy. All the stories, even when I didn’t love them, had small moments of either brilliance or craziness. And Salinger was a master of the quirky, zany dialogue full of 50s slang, non sequiturs and sarcastic repartees. There were laugh-out-loud moments, there were bizarre moments where I had no idea what he was on about, there was hyperbole galore, and there was much of the 1940s swa ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Ginny_1807 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginny_1807 by: Marco Tamborrino
Quando ho iniziato questo libro, attratta dalle numerose recensioni entusiastiche, le mie aspettative erano piuttosto elevate, ma mai mi sarei aspettata una simile incantevole suggestiva prodigiosa opera d'arte.
I nove racconti sono, nessuno escluso, tra i più belli e stilisticamente perfetti che abbia mai letto, e ciò anche per merito della eccellente traduzione di Carlo Fruttero, che ne sottolinea la ricchezza linguistica esaltandone la pregevole fattura.
Si intuisce, a monte di questa prosa e
Feb 26, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it

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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
Patricia Nedelea
Aug 10, 2016 Patricia Nedelea rated it it was amazing
Spotless short stories. Perfectly constructed, not even a single extra word. And they fit perfectly together.
Sep 13, 2016 Fernando rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nunca había leído nada de J.D. Salinger, es por ello que decidí comprarme este libro de cuentos, que es uno de sus tres títulos principales, junto con el aclamado “El Guardián entre el Centeno” y “Franny and Zooey”.
Respecto del primer libro debo decir que luego de leer brevemente de qué se trataba la historia desistí de leerlo al instante, puesto que no me atrae en absoluto leer la vida de un adolescente inconformista (aunque este comentario moleste a algunos lectores y me traiga inconvenientes
Sara Steger
Feb 06, 2015 Sara Steger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Reading this short story collection helps me to understand why Salinger was hounded to the ends of the earth in an effort to make him write again. His characters are so poignant and so real; his children so precocious and on the brink of something wholly indefinable.

I bought the book with a desire to revisit For Esme - With Love And Squalor and found it as captivating and moving as I had remembered, but the unexpected treasures of The Laughing Man and Teddy left me breathless. Salinger knows co
شخصیت پردازی و فضا سازی واقعا محشر بود...با اینکه داستان کوتاه بود راحت میشد شخصیت ها و کاراکترها رو مجسم کرد.که بیشترشون هم انسان های خاص و درونگرا با عقاید عجیب و گاها عمیق بودن.
از داستان تدی،دلتنگی های نقاش خیابان48 و مرد خندان و تقدیم به ازمه با عشق و نفرت بیشتر خوشم اومد.
Chiara Pagliochini
«Poi accadde una cosa assolutamente orrenda. Mi trovai come trascinato a pensare che qualunque cosa facessi per diventare un uomo capace di amministrare la sua vita con distacco, con buon senso o con eleganza, sarei sempre stato tutt’al più un visitatore in un giardino di orinali e pappagalli smaltati, con una cieca divinità di legno ritta in un angolo, vestita d’un cinto armato».

Sono felice, persino orgogliosa di aver salutato il 2015 e inaugurato il 2016 in compagnia di un tipetto come Salinge
Nov 06, 2012 Himanshu rated it it was amazing
I took 4 days to read this thin book, not because I didn't get enough time, but because all the nine stories had such an engrossing impact on me. Every time I finished reading a story, I'd HAVE to set the book aside and think about what just happened there. Every time it was like a big blow inside my head that'd block all other thoughts for some time, all but one.
I usually don't prefer short stories because I enjoy my reading mostly when I get a feeling that I know each and every character in an
Jan 18, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, g-contos, e5
Nove Histórias...
Nove obras de arte...
Nem sempre de fácil entendimento, obrigando a pensar e a reler e a pensar...
Andrew Smith
Jan 20, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, short stories always feel like sampling the chef’s taster menu – afterward I never feel fully sated and just wish I could have had more of the courses I liked the most. It’s set of appetisers without the satisfaction of a full meal. That said there was a lot here to admire and enjoy.

Even a minimal amount of research on Salinger throws up the fact that as a GI in World War 2 he was traumatised by the Battle of the Bulge and Nazi concentration camps. So, it’s not surprising to see this refl
Niloo Beygi
ناطور دشت رو اوایل جوانی خوندم و اون موقع همون طور که انتظار می رفت ارتباط بالایی باهاَش گرفتم. بعدش بیشتر کتابای سلینجر رو خریدم تا سر وقت بخونم. الان اما وقتی رفتم سراغش می بینم که فضای داستانای سلینجر با اون رمان از ی جهاتی خیلی متفاوته.
بیشتر از همه باید با رویکرد روان شناختی بهشون نگاه کرد. تمام داستان هاش به غیر از سطح اولیه و ساده لایه ی دیگه در عمق دارن. شما باید شناسایی کنین که هر شخصیتی یا هر چیزی دقیقا نماد چه چیز دیگه ایه و به چی دلالت می کنه. این ارتباط گیری با داستان ها رو کمی سخت
Mana H
Sep 29, 2013 Mana H rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-shortstory
با ترجمه احمد گلشيري كتاب دو ستاره هم ندارد، فاجعه و عجيب. اسم كتاب من در آورديست، اسم چندتا داستان عوض شده، آقاي گلشيري نه آنقدر داستان ميفهمد نه مشروعيت دارد. ناشري كه هنوز اين كتاب را با اين وضعيت منتشر ميكند مسئول ايت. كتاب در اصل چيزي كم از شاهكار ندارد. چند داستانش مرجع و مأخذ اغلب كلاسهاي داستان نويسي است ديگر. اصلن سالينجر داستاني با اين نام احمقانه مزخرف ندارد. لحنها منتقل نشده.خلاصه اينقدر صريح نوشتم كه ياد توي خواننده بماند كه كتاب ميلنگد و سالينجر ميرقصد به واقع
Parastoo Ashtian
شاعرها هميشه وضعيت هوا را شخصي مي كنند. هميشه احساساتشان را درگير مسئله اي مي كنند كه به هيچ وجه احساسي نيست.

از متن كتاب
May 04, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 30, 2010 Ken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Noran Miss Pumkin
Mar 14, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing
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
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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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