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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
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Aug 11, 11

bookshelves: postwar-literature, short-stories
Read in August, 2011

Another reread. Salinger, at least this Salinger, still holds up, though I'm surprised at how many reviewers have singled out "Perfect Day for Bananafish" among the nine; I found it cloying frankly (and did when I was first an angsty teen culting Salinger with all the other angsty teens). But "The Laughing Man" is wonderful, and there's little to compete with "For Esme, with Love and Squalor." I feel most conflicted about "Teddy"; thinking about it, one minute it seems both tight and profound, the next minute it seems like Salinger was taking a shot at ginning up material for "The Twilight Zone." Still, I can think of no other collection of stories this consistently compelling. Well worth the return trip.
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