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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

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"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.
Published January 31st 1948 by New Yorker Magazine (first published 1948)
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Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
A Perfect Day for Bananafish, J.D. Salinger
داستان کوتاه: یک روز خوش برای موزماهی؛ نخستین بار احمد گلشیری به فارسی ترجمه و در سال 1364 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 چنان در اختیار گرفته بودند، که زن جوان اتاق پانصدوهفت مجبور شد از ظهر تا نزدیکیهای ساعت دوونیم ،به انتظار نوبت بماند. اما بیکار ننشست. مقاله ای را با عنوان «جنس یا سرگرمی است… یا جهنم» از یک مجله ی جیبی با
Sarah Gardner
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Rowland Pasaribu
“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
Gorab Jain
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
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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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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