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"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is a short story by J. D. Salinger, originally published in the January 31, 1948 issue of The New Yorker. It was anthologized in 1949's 55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, as well as in Salinger's 1953 collection, Nine Stories.
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Let's get one thing straight, Seymour Glass was not a sex offender. He never asked Sybil to look at 'his bananafish' as some ignorant reviewer posted.

This is a story about desperation, about a man who was exhausted of trying to fit into a society where he was not welcomed. In the beginning, with the conversation between Muriel and her mother, the reader can sense that Seymour might be mentally or emotionally unstable. Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she's superficial and centered around mate...more
Rowland Bismark
“A Perfect Day for Bananafish” appeared in the New Yorker in 1948 and was later republished as the opening story in the collection Nine Stories(1953). In “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” Salinger introduces the Glass family, who would become recurring characters in his fiction. In the next ten years, Salinger published three other Glass family stories in the New Yorker: “Franny,” “Zooey,” and “Raise High the Roof-Beam, Carpenters.” These stories appear in Salinger’s other books, which include Fra...more
Mar 02, 2012 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I remember the day I read this book. It was hot outside and I was at achool and out teacher made us read an excerpt. I've never really liked books that I was forced to read but this one reached out to me so when I got home I got on the computer, found a copy and read it.

It made me think, and that's what I love about literature.
The main is complex and the whole thing is so sad. I LOVE IT.

If you're debating reading this, trust me, you should.
Sarah Peters
Easily one of the greatest short stories I've ever read. When I can spend more time thinking about the text than actually reading it, I know I've found something special.
Cole Blouin
This short story is written in absolutely crystal-clear prose taking the idea of show, don't tell, to an extreme I've never encountered before. As such, with its abrupt ending (as many of the stories within Nine Stories), it leaves as many questions as it does answers. A second reading reveals a few more details; by the third I've started to get a full picture. Salinger is quite possibly my favorite author for this reason: it's easy to read the story and know what happened, but upon asking, "Why...more
Melissa Ingalls
I thought that it was deep. I love the unseen commentary in this short story. There are a lot of "banana fish" in our world - meaning that there are a lot of greedy people. When I had to read the first page of this short story, I thought that Muriel was a murdered by killing her husband - the rings that were in the bathroom, her left hand stretched away, & removing the stain out of her dress vs. some in my class saw her as some sort of a harlett that was paid for her services however, that w...more
Mohamed Sall
This was actually recommended to me by Gabriel, and he was right -- this was the best short story I've ever read. This story forces you to read from the historical lens. Salinger compares his experiences in WWII and his post-traumatic stress to Seymour Glass' post-traumatic stress after coming back from the war. This book has many different themes as well. The bananafish, for instance, symbolized Seymour's emotions being built up and then eventually going away when he committed suicide.
Ell (Egregore)
Dec 16, 2011 Ell (Egregore) rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Suicide fascinated people, J.D. Salinger fans
An Interesting short story, about a man who shoots himself after he tells a story about his so-called Bananafish to a young girl on a beach. Now, don't get me wrong, the girl DID NOT instigate the suicide if thats what you think.

My senior year of high school, I got on a JD Salinger kick and read everything I could find. The Norwegian exchange student that was staying with us and I would sit out on the deck that spring, making ourselves Tom Collins's and reading Salinger. (at least I read Salinger. I don't remember what he read. Do you remember, Thor??)
أحببت طريقة السرد والأسلوب كثيراً فهيا مختلفة نوعاً ما عن الترتيب المنطقى للأحداث ولكن السرد بمشاهد من هنا وهناك بشكل منظم أمتعنى
نهاية الرواية مرعبة فعلاً وغير متوقعة بالمرة

لكن لم أحب التفاصيل الجنسيه بها الكتاب مجانى يمكنكم تحميله
The road leading to suicide is filled with deepest darkest despair, with a couple of stuffed dogs strewn along the curb maybe, but the final act is performed in a moment of clarity. In sun-kissed primary colours.
إسراء محمد علي
بتحكي عن معاناة لفنان تشكيلي وتربية من وهو صغير قصرت فية وبالنسبالي رواية رائعة في نهايتها غير متوقعة والدليل علي كدة ان خلصتها في ساعتين بس
I didn't get it.

I'll be the first to admit that. J.D. Salinger and I just never hit it off. I can feel the tempo of Salinger's writing, but it refuses to 'click' for me. I can understand why people would think that this speaks for an angsty, existentalist (sorry, butchered word there) culture. Perhaps it does. Perhaps I'm just not a membeer of that culture. I loved the rhythm and flow of Seymour and...the little girl's conversation. Except I've totally forgotten her name, which should tell you h...more
Dana West
Did anyone else see Seymour as a sex offender? He had Sybil look at his "bananafish" and then he shot himself...in front of his wife.

I could postulate that Seymour suffered PTSD from The War. I could make the stretch and say that Muriel was superficial.

I could say that Muriel's mother was trying to keep the conversation "light" while Muriel was asking for advice or help or something.

I could say that Sybil was a symbol of innocence, but then again, I would have to come back to the idea that Sey...more
Ayat Mahmoud
لغة ركيكة لأقصى درجة! مع أخطاء املائية شنيعة و متكررة باصرار غريب لا يتناسب مع وجود مصحح لغوي للعمل، ماذا صحح اذن؟!
ربما كان عدم الترابط بين مشاهد العمل مقصود باعتباره رسم لخيالات مريض نفسي بالكلمات، ولكن هذا التفكك مع ضعف اللغة سببا مزيجا مزعجا للغاية. فقط النهاية الصادمة و الغير متوقعة والتي لم تزد عن نصف صفحة مثلا هي ما جعل لهذا العمل اي قيمة على الاطلاق. كان من الممكن طرح الفكرة في صورة قصة قصيرة بدون اللجوء لكل المشاهد التي تصور مواقف يعبر فيها البطل عن فحولة ضئيلة غالبا مشكوك فيها لا هدف له...more
Gonzalo Lira
What’s interesting about this story is the sharp, self-consciously calculated effect it’s trying to achieve.

If the definition of art is to give an effect on the reader without the reader being aware of it, then this story fails miserably. This story comes at you, the reader, relentlessly, relentlessly trying to set you up for an effect. As far a neophyte professional writer goes, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is exactly what you should not do.

(BTW, this story is famous not for itself, but bec...more
Andrew Rogers
I don't normally add short stories on here, but it's J.D. Salinger. It's based on a recurring family name, the Glass family, that appears in many of his stories. The themes in the story can be viewed as disturbing or morbid, but PTSD is real and affects people in tragic ways, as seen here. Writer's note: If you're having trouble writing dialogue, read this story.
I feel terrible that I read the last line first it ruined that element of surprise. I was surprised at how well developed the characters were in 10 short pages.
Absolutely fantastic. Resonated with me for weeks, When I think of this piece of writing I always get chills.
what I learned from this story is it is sometimes a much better idea to stay on the beach.
Lona Hill
i liked it, did not expect the tone to shift at the end. Reminded me of Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin with the unexpected ending. I had enjoyed Cather in the Rye so this was an interesting short story wirtten by the same author as A Perfect Day for Bananafish.
Sheila Martinez
If you would read this like some kind of a fact sheet, it would only be 'a man committed suicide, probably because of his post-war hallucinations and such' but if you read read it, there is more to the man who committed suicide. Too much that he couldn't take it anymore.
Ryan S. Bennett
A friend of mine suggested that I read this story, since it is one of her most favorite stories. I read it and I'm confused on what I just read and I'm thinking I need to reevaluate my friendship with said friend. Just kidding, but seriously, no idea what I just read.
Sam Ali
My favourite short story by my favourite author! Discussing the affects of serious mental health issues and how they used to be completely ignored. Lots of metaphorical talk throughout, but such a great story!
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Monica Lynn
an interesting and memorable take on PTSD
Say Lee
Pretty sure I won't be able to get this one out of my head for a very long time.
Absolutely brilliant and brain-teasing.
*Starts hunting for more of Salinger's works*
Feb 09, 2014 Kiti added it
Grace Glover
Goddamn brilliant
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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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