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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
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Feb 17, 2010

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I read somewhere that Ernest Hemingway said of J.D. Salinger, "Jesus, he has a helluva talent." So I feel ridiculous reviewing Salinger's writing. Even Goodread reviewers who gave the book one star agree that that he has a way with words. Nine Stories is far from uplifting. The emotional scars of a war veteran come through, and it seems to me that Salinger was not a big fan of grown-ups, or growing up. On the other hand, the children in the stories (and there are several) are likeable, their disposition is refreshing, and they seem to be the salve for the ills of the world. "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" is the best example of this, and as uplifting as any of these Nine Stories gets.

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98.0% "Beautiful writing, but kind of depressing."

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