Melanie's Reviews > Nine Stories
by J.D. Salinger
by J.D. Salinger
Aug 16, 08
Recommended for: short story readers, literary gurus
Read in July, 2008
I've always wanted to read Salinger and heard this book was great from Goodreads readers. Nine Stories is a collection of nine short stories that were originally written for magazines (primarily the New Yorker). I've seen some readers comment that each story is about a specific member of the Glass family but I didn't realize that when reading the stories, each story is definitely unrelated to the next. At first read, I didn't love this book. The stories begin and end without being neatly tied up, more a snippet in time, and I like a beginning, middle and happy ending! This is definitely not the collection for that. However, Salinger's dialogue was really great even though the content was mostly about wealthy east-coasters and their trivial conversations and worries. What was fascinating about this book was how Salinger portrays children. Many of the children in this book were deep thinkers and mature beyond their years. It was an interesting portrait of overly-indulged children. Are they spoiled brats or really just geniuses? Overall, I rated this book a four not because I particularly loved the content of each story (as I said, I like nice, tidy stories) but because I've been thinking about these stories for a long time after and even rereading a few of them, so something really connected with me or at least interested me enough to keep me thinking and talking to other people about the book!
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