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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  7,441 ratings  ·  220 reviews
"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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Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nine stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, J.D. Salinger
Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یس و یکم ماه ژانویه سال 1999 میلادی
داستان کوتاه: یک روز خوش برای موزماهی؛ را نخستین بار احمد گلشیری به فارسی ترجمه و در سال 1364 هجری خورشیدی در مجموعه داستان کوتاه: نه داستان یا دلتنگیهای نقاش خیابان چهل و هشتم بنشسته است
متن داستان: نود و هفت تبلیغاتچی نیویورکی توی هتل بودند، و خطوط تلفنی راه دور را چ
Sarah Gardner
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Knarik Avetisyan
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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"I see you're looking at my feet," he said to her when the car was in motion.
"I beg your pardon?" said the woman.
"I said I see you're looking at my feet."
"I beg your pardon. I happened to be looking at the floor," said the woman, and faced the doors of the car."

"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" contrasts the world of children, imaginative, curious, pure, and innocent with the world of adults materialistic, selfish, shallow. As you can see, the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns
Steven Godin
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning piece of writing. Read this on it's own before later reading as part of 'Nine Stories' which I reviewed. This short story was the opening story featured in Nine Stories, but first appeared in the January 1948 issue of the New Yorker. It's arguably his best short story and the one that bought him critical acclaim. It was also the first time Salinger used the character of Seymour Glass (he would go on to chronicle the Glass family siblings in later stories). Using great dialog to set the ...more
Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it
“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
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خمس قصص غير كافية للحكم على تجربة الكابة القصصية عند سالنجر، لكنها كافية للتعرف على أسلوبه الذي وجدت فيه اهتمامه بالتفاصيل الوصفية والحوارات في الوقت نفسه. لاحظت أيضا اهتمامه بنهايات قصصه التي جاء بعضها صادماً وبعضها مفتوحاً.
القصة الأولى في المجموعة كانت الأجمل والأميز في رأيي. الترجمة بشكل عام كانت جميلة. أنصح بقراءة المجموعة لمن لديه رغبة في التعرف على إنتاج هذا الكاتب الذي أثار الضجة بروايته الوحيدة وقصصه القليلةالتي نشرها في حياته، وعزلته التي اختارها للكتابه حتى وفاته، ووصيته بنشر أعماله بع
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mohsin Maqbool
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE protagonist Seymour Glass has been scarred from his experiences in World War II and is suffering from psychological distress. He is a total misfit in a world that seems to be guided by greed and materialism. He has no real outlet for the complicated and bottled-up emotions he carries inside him. He is certainly not getting the tender loving care he needs as he has been released early from the Army hospital.
Seymour shuns the pretentious world of adults and seeks refuge in children. He seems
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, reviews
I want to be clear -- just because I loved this one doesn't mean I understood it. There are MUCH better reviews that are able to deconstruct this story and explain the themes and characters in ways that I'm simply incapable of doing. Or even understanding. But what I CAN say is that Seymour struck a nerve in me that I can't really articulate. I absolutely hated The Catcher in the Rye -- although I keep thinking maybe I should read it yet again and see if I've changed my mind about it -- so this ...more
Yumi Kaioh
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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fucking shit, now it makes sense

Gorab Jain
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, short-stories
Came across this as a reference in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Like Mr Fikry, I'm also fond of short stories. And Catcher in the Rye was very amusing.... and so decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately I didn't get it :(
Alright, I did enjoy that phone call conversation, the beach, the writing style and all.... believing it is leading somewhere. Was it?
Guess you have to read deep between the lines to know where its headed.... or whether the title makes some sense?

Not for me. This was the first sto
Niloufar Mosleh

: سیبل کارپنتر که با مادرش در هتل جا گرفته بود، گفت
" من باز شیشه میبینم .شما باز شیشه میبینین؟ "


دختر گفت :
میخوای بری تو آب، باز شیشه ببینی؟

باز خانواده ی عجیب گلاس !
سیمور مثل تمام موز ماهی ها تب موز میگیرد و میمیرد!
به شعر هایکویی فکر میکنم که در اتاقی که سیمور خودکشی کرد باقی مانده

دختر کوچک توی هواپیما /که سر عروسکش را چرخاند/ تا به من نگاه کند

Dana West
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Did anyone else see Seymour as a sex offender? He had Sybil look at his "bananafish" and then he shot 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
Cole Blouin
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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??)
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
به نظرم داستان دو بخش داشت و نتونستم این دو بخش رو به هم ربط بدم.
به صورت کلی از نوشته ها و قلم سلینجر لذت می برم
Emily Squadra
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Perfect Day for Bananafish. What a whimsical name for such a serious story.

I will be honest, the first pass through this story led me to believe that Seymour was sexually interested in children and as a result decided to kill himself. There were several things that led me to believe that. For one, his interaction with Sybil is definitely flirtatious - he comments on her swimsuit, he asks her to "come closer," tells her she is looking "fine," is constantly touching her feet, the "memory and de
Angelica Castillo
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a bright sunny day.

Seymour Glass came from a war and he is on a vacation along with his wife. Muriel Glass, his wife, is aware that he has been mentally unstable since the war yet she does not do anything about it. Her parents are worried about her but she refuses to go home because she hasn't been in a vacation in a long time. While Muriel is in the hotel, Seymour is outside talking with Sybil Carpenter, a little girl. He tells her a story about a Bananafish who tend to swim into holes a
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ayat Mahmoud
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-books
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
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Mohamed Sall
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebooks
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
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-reader
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.
Full disclosure: I’ve read this story because I’m watching Banana Fish anime and I need to know the connection between the anime and this short story.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish is masterfully written. I’m in awe how much information Salinger managed to include into 20 page story without directly talking about these topics. The story is concise and impactful.

Originally, it was published in 1949. The story is about a young man who fought in World War II and now he’s on a vacation with his wife.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1. This is my favorite short story.
2. Seymour is a good person
3. The ending of this is beautiful.
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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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“- Идва вълна! - извика Сибил, поуплашена.
- Няма да ѝ обърнем внимание. Ще я отминем с презрение – каза младият мъж. – Ние сме двама високомерни.

"Here comes a wave," Sybil said nervously.
"We'll ignore it. We'll snub it," said the young man. "Two snobs.”
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