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Három korai történet

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,474 ratings  ·  241 reviews
2014-ben az USA egyik legnagyobb irodalmi szenzációja (és botránya) a híresen visszavonult és rejtőzködő életet élő, keveset publikáló Jerome David Salinger, a Zabhegyező (vagy Rozsban a fogó?) szerzője e kis kötetének megjelentetése volt.

A kötet három novelláját (A fiatalok; Menj fel Eddie-hez; Egyszer egy héten ki fogod bírni) több mint hetven évvel ezelőtt irodalmi foly
Paperback, Helikon zsebkönyvek 13., 68 pages
Published 2015 by Helikon (first published 1940)
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Don't know why I said I would write a review of this, considering I already have not one but TWO pre-reviews below.

I have probably already surpassed the word count of the entire book at this point in the review alone.

Anyway. This is not Salinger's best, in my opinion (not enough Glass family by a mile), but Salinger's mediocre is still miles ahead of most people's best.

That's enough of a review.

Bottom line: If you need a book you can read in 15 minutes, you can't find much better than this one!

Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Salinger Fanatics
'...young hands holding lighted cigarettes and wet highball glasses.'

J.D. Salinger is a household name in literature. People who don't even read books have read and loved at least his most known work, and he has earned the reputation as a Essential Voice in American Literature. Three Early Stories, released surprisingly under the radar in mid-2014 is a legal anomaly that skirted the tightly-clenched first of the Salinger estate to bring to print (or more accurately, re-print) three stories Salin
Tom Graves
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently a lot of people haven't gotten the word that the first official and legit J.D. Salinger book in 50 years has been released. But here it is -- Salinger's first two published short stories from 1940 and another story from 1944. In my opinion Salinger showed his great talent from the first. His clever use of dialogue infused with slang and leaving endings ambiguous with little backstory -- these are hallmarks of the singular Salinger style. The book is small in size but is a classy produ ...more
I feel a little guilty reading this, because these stories were never meant to be republished after their original publications in magazines in the 1940s. And worse--with illustrations? Salinger would have HATED this.

So with that in mind, its hard to give this collection of stories a real rating. As a Salinger fan, I give it 5 stars for overall reading experience--the chance to read some of his earlier works is very exciting. They're not nearly as good as some of his later stories (Franny, Bana
Arthur Cravan
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
3.99 star average? I came on here hoping that this bootleg-looking book I got was fake & had nothing to do with Salinger. Shit is trash.

Young Folks - 1.5/10
Go See Eddie - 2.5/10
Once A Week Won't Kill You - 2.5/10

I love Salinger to absolute pieces, but good riddance.

P.S. I don't know if there's any other version besides the one I have, but shit is trash. They leave every left page blank, with the occasional drawing (which are useless & inaccurate - literally the page before one of them, it says E
Jonathan Dunsky
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this a 4.5 rating rounded up to 5. I received an audio copy from the narrator, Mike Dennis, in exchange for an honest review.

This short work comprises three early short stories by J.D. Salinger. All three stories are deceptively simple--a conversation between two young people at a party, a visit by a brother to his sister, a young man about to go to WWII saying goodbye to his wife and aunt--yet they contain much more. A lot of the magic in these stories is what is just hinted at, what isn
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.D. Salinger never disappoints, even with his tiny little short stories, the man was a brilliant writer.
There isn't much to say, except maybe that his stories all share this sort of melancholy which is probably what makes me love his writings so much.
Lisa Carey
God help me if they ever publish my "early stories." You can see Salinger in here, and the things he later did so well. But they are practice. ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Getting to know this author really well now and quite enjoying his short stories. I love the way he writes dialogue.
Lucia Caporalini
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, short-stories
Back to my main man. Reading Salinger is like coming home. The last story broke my heart, for real.
Eva B.
The first two stories didn't do much for me, but I almost ugly-cried over "Once A Week Won't Kill You" so I think it evens out. ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
AudioBook Review:
Stars Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5

One of the best qualities of J.D. Salinger’s writing is his characters: their interactions that are laden with nuanced layers and characterized with conversations that are so realistic and natural in feel that you could overhear any one of them anytime. Not one who lays out the obvious conclusion, Salinger’s work leads you to the conclusions that he wants, or leaves you with enough information to make a decision for yourself: either way you
Beth Knight
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
The stories were OK but not as good as I'd hoped they'd be. ...more
This was a quick read, and I very much liked it. I'd give it 3 stars for content, but 4 stars for novelty.

This is a small collection of three of Salinger's short stories: his first two published short stories ("The Young Folks" and "Go See Eddie" from 1940) and a war-time story ("Once a Week Won't Kill You," from 1944), all from before The Catcher in the Rye made him famous. They're not the greatest stories in the world, but in the first two, you can certainly hear Salinger's voice already.

A Sa
Andy Hickman
“Three Early Stories” by J.D. Salinger
Three short stories published in magazines in the 1940s. Not seen since. The formative years of the author who gave us 'The Catcher in the Rye.'

'...young hands holding lighted cigarettes and wet highball glasses.'

'It had been three years and she had never stopped talking to him in italics'
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“.. Edna Phillips, who since eight o'clock had been sitting in the big red chair, smoking cigarettes and yodeling hellos and wearing a very bright
Richard Cochnar
Nothing that's going to set the world on fire. Typical, if unrefined, Salinger short stories. Naturalistic dialogue, freezing cold openings, and stories that are almost completely told in between the lines. ...more
Veli Çetin
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like. ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am Homer Simpson, and JD Salinger is the old mouldy sub you can prise from my cold dead hands.
David Brandes
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All three stories are worth reading if you're a fan of Salinger. The first two are almost more reminiscent of Fitzgerald stories than Salinger, but every writer has his influences. The third one fits more comfortably with those in Nine Stories. They don't differ much in style but in themes. You can see he had talent from the beginning. ...more
Natalie Yuhas
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it even more the second time I read it! These stories show the strength of Salinger’s dialogue in not only what is said, but what isn’t said. It’s very cool to see the evolution of his writing from these early stories.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this book. The stories were interesting enough, but there was not much lying beneath the surface.

Salinger is my ABSOLUTE favorite writer and I have read all of his books multiple times in multiple languages. Compared to his other works; it was a total unremarkable and dull!!!

But, it was still very short and easy read- with some neat illustrations.
Three Early Stories is a slim volume containing three short stories by reclusive American author, J.D.Salinger, and is the first book by this author to be published in fifty years. Each of the stories in this collection has been previously published in magazines (Story and University of Kansas City Review), some years before his controversial bestseller The Catcher in the Rye was first published

The Young Folks features a conversation between a bitchy woman and a rather distracted man at a cockta
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of Salinger fans I was ecstatic to hear a new book coming out, however there was some sadness when I heard this was due to a copy right error and against the wishes of the Salinger estate. However I was keen to own and read a copy of these stories, the first ‘Go see Eddie, I already read but in re reading was reminded how great Salinger early work could be. The second story ‘Young folk is possible my least favourite of the stories (but considering how much I enjoyed them that's not mu ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of the reviews and there seems to be a tug of war where one side finds the three stories to be complete dog shit, while the other side finds the stories to be the spirit of holiness channeled into words, instead of taking the form of a face on a tortilla, clouds, or some such inanimate object.

I'm somewhere in between. My biggest complaint is that the book is too short -- even the word "book" is a bit off. Pamphlet is probably closer to the mark than book. I almost threw the pack
Michael Compton
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first "new" stories by J.D. Salinger in 50 years. This collection includes his first published story "Young Folks," plus two others, all written before Salinger's life-changing war experience. These may be minor stories in the Salinger canon, but his style and talent is on full display. The stories, each of which deal with male/female relations, from an encounter at a party to a brother and sister on the make to a marriage tested by war, are well worth the read and of special interest to Sal ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief but readable collection of stories by J.D. Salinger published in Story Magazine & University of Kansas City Review from 1940-1944, which was before and during his time spent serving overseas in WW2. At the time, the author was still in his early 20's and getting published wherever he could (presumably), so don't expect any glorious hidden treasures. This is definitely pre-"New Yorker" Salinger. Characteristic of his other work, these stories mostly focus on privileged NYC youth. As a who ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
’...young hands holding lighted cigarettes and wet highball glasses.’

One star for the melancholy atmosphere which was present in all 3 short stories and another for the writing. These stories were quite bland. There was no depth to any of them besides the second one, Go See Eddie and there seemed to be no point to any of them.

These short stories were originally published in a newspaper, the first two in 1941 and the third one in 1944. They were never meant to be republished, let alone after the
John Wiley
This probably shouldn't have been the first thing by Salinger that I read. The first story was ok, the second was not good at all (IMO) and the third one is what bumped it up to three stars.

The book itself is very cheaply made. The print is every other page has weird, random drawings. The book looks and feels like a cheap print on demand boom (usually I have no issues with print on demand, but some are better quality than others).

I'm glad I got it from the library...I glance at the back of the
Eric Haahn
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My five-star rating is probably a rounded-up 4.5... None of these three stories is quite on the level of his later work in the "New Yorker." But, it's pretty darned cool to get some previously uncollected Salinger stories. I remember scouring libraries at University of Illinois and Bradley University twenty years ago to make photocopies of these stories (and several others) from old periodicals in bound form, or on microfilm. So, there's an element of nostalgia at work here. In fact, it's probab ...more
The first and second story were very mediocre and all had repititious lines in them which got tedious. The third story was the only one where anything meaningful actually happened. I'm glad this was very short and not much time was wasted with them. ...more
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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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