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Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor". (Nine Stories is the U.S. title; the book is published in many other countries as For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories. ...more
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Published January 30th 2001 by Little, Brown and Company (first published April 6th 1953)
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brian
Aug 16, 2008 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.
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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, Ahmad Golshiri (Translator)
عنوانها: دلتنگی‌های نقاش خیابان چهل و هشتم (نه داستان)؛ نه داستان؛ نویسنده: جی.دی. سالینجر (سلینجر)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: در ماه سپتامبر سال
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Fatima
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قبلا ناتور دشت رو خونده بودم و حالم از شخصیت هولدن بهم خورده بود و با خودم عهد کرده بودم دیگه دنبال کتاب هایی از این نویسنده نرم که اصولا جو گیرها توی وبلاگ هاشون با آب و تاب میگن عالیه ! هرچند دوباره تحت تاثیر جو این کتاب رو شروع کردم و اوایلش به خودم میگفتم که باز وقتت با یه کتاب نامناسب حروم شد ؛ اما با خوندن چندتا داستان دیگه تازه دستم اومد سلینجر سبکش چطوریه و یک حالت سوییچ بین کودکی و بزرگسالی سر تا سر داستان هاش به چشم میخورد حالا یا به صورت محسوس یا نا محسوس . داستان های "تقدیم به ازمه ب ...more
David
Jul 03, 2007 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
Duane
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
Kenny
“Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island, inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey.”

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

Esme

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 menta
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emma
If I were more put together, I’d have nine tiny one-sentence reviews for this and talk about each story, but I’m not, and so as is it’s a miracle that I have any notes on it at all and also am writing this less than three months after reading it.

I always know if I REALLY like a book that is of VERY high quality if it makes me miss being in literature classes. This one, for example, made me desperately wish I were in one so I could debate “Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes” for at LEAST one million
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Paul Bryant
Jun 10, 2009 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
İntellecta
Nine Stories by J.D Salinger "There are nine deep, enigmatic narratives. It is always about the motives of childlike innocence, the adult world and the invaders of war in the lives of individuals and the isolation of a traumatized man. I was surprised that some stories bored me, although literary quality can be no doubt. Salinger's dialogues are fabulous, the course of the stories consistent. It's the portrait of an absolutely static Society.

3,5/5
Rolls
Mar 06, 2007 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
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Mevsim Yenice
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-exact
Bir süredir kitap seçimlerimden yana oldukça şanslı olduğumu hissediyorum. Ama yine de itiraf etmek gerekirse, uzun bir süredir beni bu kadar etkileyen, çiviyle yerime çakan öyküler okumamıştım.

Yıllardır rafta okunmayı bekleyen kitaplardan biriydi Salinger’ın Dokuz Öyküsü. İyi ki beklemiş. Benim gibi öykü delisi biri için, bazı öykülerin, bazı atmosferlerin doğru zamanı var gibi geliyor hep. Mesela 10 yıl önce okumuş olsam araya gidebilecek bir kitaptı benim için bu, o nedenle tam da şu günlerd
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Chloe
Apr 26, 2007 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
Robin
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adverbs. It's all because of adverbs that I read this collection. I asked a wonderful teacher of mine about adverbs (whether to use them, and all that), and the main gist of his answer was: "Read Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. He's the master of the adverb."

Good lord, he is. The almost 200 page collection is positively (see what I did there?) LITTERED with them. One beautifully (ha!) placed adverb after the next. In one paragraph I counted five. Five gorgeous adverbs in a single, solitary paragr
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F
Nov 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2013
Didnt enjoy any of the short stories and didnt enjoy getting to know the characters in any.
Seemed to have a theme of wealthy people in solitude in someway or another.
Jeanette (Again)
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
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Mariel
Nov 29, 2007 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
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Gypsy

نمدونم ترجمه یه نارسایی‌هایی داشت واقعاً یا نه، ولی ویرایشش یه‌‌کم اعصابمو خرد می‌کرد. کتابی که اینقد تجدید چاپ شده اونم. سلینجر اونم. داستان‌کوتاهاش اونم. سلینجر برا من یه جورایی مث دوا شده. هرازگاهی باید یه چیزی ازش بخونم که دوباره ریکاوری بشم. چندتا از داستان‌های این مجموعه رو قبلاً هم خونده بودم(مثل یک روز خوش برای موز ماهی و دهانم فلان و چشمانم چنان :همر: خدایی چه مناسبتی داشت این اسم من نفهمیدم!) و کلاً دوست داشتم. بازم اینو خواهم خوند. ولی نه اینطور پشت سر هم. هر داستانو دیگه می‌کشه می‌رم
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ατζινάβωτο φέγι.
Αν θελήσεις ποτέ να γράψεις διηγήματα, να ξέρεις οτι δε θα το κάνεις ποτέ τοσο καλά οσο ο Σάλιντζερ.
مجید اسطیری
فکر میکنم اگر قرار باشد 5 مجموعه داستان را به عنوان بهترین مجموعه داستان های قرن بیستم انتخاب کنیم یکیش حتما این کتاب است.
هر نویسندهء جوانی که زیرپوستی نوشتن را از کارور آموخت باید این مجموعه را بخواند تا سرکشی را از سلینجر یاد بگیرد.
Mohammad
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سلینجر عزیز! تا قبل از دیدن فیلم «یاغی در دشت» نمی‌دانستم که شما هم مثل خودم یک دیوانۀ درجه یک بوده‌اید. از طرفی عاشق واکنش شما به عکاس در آن عکس معروف سال 1988 هستم و هراس و خشم چشم‌هایتان در آن عکس را می‌شناسم. حالا بهتر عمق داستان‌هایتان را درک می‌کنم و می‌دانم که چرا آدم‌های این نُه داستان شبیه رمان‌های چند جلدی‌ای هستند که جلد اول یا آخرشان گم شده. همینطور، درک می‌کنم که چرا تا آخر عمر دورتان دیوار کشیدید. من بالاخره با شما آشتی کردم
تقدیم به جروم با عشق و نکبت
Carmine
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amaro sorriso sul viale del tramonto

"Ho con loro una affinità molto forte. Sono i miei genitori, voglio dire, e fra noi c'è un rapporto di dipendenza reciproca, di armonia reciproca e via dicendo.
Voglio che si divertano mentre sono vivi perché a loro piace divertirsi...Ma loro non vogliono bene a me e a Hooper (è mia sorella) nello stesso modo. Voglio dire che non sono capaci di volerci bene così come siamo. Non sono capaci di volerci bene se non possono sempre cambiarci un poco. Amano le ragi
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Helle
Apr 23, 2016 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
Sara
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ginny_1807
Sep 20, 2014 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
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Tristan
Jan 23, 2017 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
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piperitapitta
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L’intenzione è quella di rileggerli, ma non prima di aver studiato.
Perché?
Perché ne percepisco la potenza, il fatto che per alcuni la perfezione sia già evidente da subito, mentre per altri ho bisogno di saperne di più e di contestualizzarli per poterli apprezzare appieno.
Sono quattro stelle intermittenti, dunque, perché già so che a una seconda lettura saranno cinque fisse.

La perfezione dei dialoghi, quella sì, è evidente da subito.

Il miei preferiti, ora, d’impulso, Un giorno speciale per i pes
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André Nuno
Gostei imenso da escrita de Salinger. Mordaz, satírica, maliciosa. Uma delícia - que nem sempre terei sabido degustar convenientemente por não saber em que terrina mergulhar os morangos. A páginas tantas experimentei comê-los simples e sem talher. A solução esteve sempre diante dos olhos e o problema, afinal, nunca existiu.
Ben
Feb 26, 2009 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
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M.rmt
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is perfect. The others are pretty close.
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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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