- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Little, Brown and Company; Auflage: Reprint (1. Mai 1991)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0316769509
- ISBN-13: 978-0316769501
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 1,4 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 76 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 21.719 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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In the J.D. Salinger benchmark "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Seymour Glass floats his beach mate Sybil on a raft and tells her about these creatures' tragic flaw. Though they seem normal, if one swims into a hole filled with bananas, it will overeat until it's too fat to escape. Meanwhile, Seymour's wife, Muriel, is back at their Florida hotel, assuring her mother not to worry--Seymour hasn't lost control. Mention of a book he sent her from Germany and several references to his psychiatrist lead the reader to believe that World War II has undone him.
The war hangs over these wry stories of loss and occasionally unsuppressed rage. Salinger's children are fragile, odd, hypersmart, whereas his grownups (even the materially content) seem beaten down by circumstances--some neurasthenic, others (often female) deeply unsympathetic. The greatest piece in this disturbing book may be "The Laughing Man," which starts out as a man's recollection of the pleasures of storytelling and ends with the intersection between adult need and childish innocence. The narrator remembers how, at nine, he and his fellow Comanches would be picked up each afternoon by the Chief--a Staten Island law student paid to keep them busy. At the end of each day, the Chief winds them down with the saga of a hideously deformed, gentle, world-class criminal. With his stalwart companions, which include "a glib timber wolf" and "a lovable dwarf," the Laughing Man regularly crosses the Paris-China border in order to avoid capture by "the internationally famous detective" Marcel Dufarge and his daughter, "an exquisite girl, though something of a transvestite." The masked hero's luck comes to an end on the same day that things go awry between the Chief and his girlfriend, hardly a coincidence. "A few minutes later, when I stepped out of the Chief's bus, the first thing I chanced to see was a piece of red tissue paper flapping in the wind against the base of a lamppost. It looked like someone's poppy-petal mask. I arrived home with my teeth chattering uncontrollably and was told to go straight to bed."
"DeDaumier-Smith's Blue Period," "Teddy," and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger's perceptive and realistic short stories.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Salinger's skillful use of language is what distinguishes him most from his contemporaries. There is never a dull moment in a Salinger short story as this expert author intertwines detail and dialogue to convey emotion to the reader.
Although the short story leaves little room for character development, Salinger's superb style and careful use of language allow us to get to know his characters intimately in a very short period of time.
The stories included in Salinger's dazzling collection, Nine Stories, were published between 1948 and 1953 in The New Yorker.
They exhibit a unified tone and theme, something not usually found in short story collections. They are classic Salinger and classic stories; each one contributes to the volume as a whole and each is therefore enriched in its relation to the others.
Although people disagree on which story is best, each contains elements of the relationship between children and adults, one of Salinger's signature themes.
Two of the stories, A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esmé--With Love and Squalor, both feature protagonists (Seymour and Sargent X) who, as veterans of WWII, have sacrificed their psychological well-being and are no longer the men they once thought they were. Both feel alienated from life and, more importantly, from those they love.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
I first read this collection more than 30 years ago and have reread all the stories numerous times with great pleasure. It is a shame that Salinger retired so early, but even if he had left nothing but this one short collection of stories, he would have secured a place among the significant writers of the 20th century. Through a style that is disarmingly simple and direct, he manages to touch reader's feelings deeply. And while in his later Glass family novels he slips into a kind of 'cute' self parody, these stories are deftly crafted with no misstep to be seen.
This is art that doesn't refuse to have a human heart.
"The Laughing Man" is stunning - someone says all of JD's folks are either good or bad phonies, but there is neither in this - an amazing pairing of an Indiana Jones type serial interwoven into a moving love story w/completely different characters. JD gives us TWO complete stories in what 20 pages (or less)? TWO stories in 20 pages that are both astoundingly good, so good any other author would need 200 pages to do half as good a job. The love part on 'the Chief'/Comanche coach is fantastic, and anybody, female or male, who's ever been truly heartbroken, will be moved more than words can say; and our funny-rictused 'Indy' hero exists in riveting action. As different as those 2 parts are, JD intertwines them seamlessly. The only fiction I've ever read equal to "The Laughing Man" is Irving's A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. "...Banana Fish" is a coaster rolling from riotously funny to 'the blues'. You'll look at corners differently after the touching "...Esme..." In "...Dinghy", JD actually writes a nice, loving parent who takes time to understand her child, which may be his only published instance of doing that. "Teddy" is another touching example of how JD weaves the melancholy with the humorous so expertly.
And as a few reviewers are obviously confused, in "Pretty Mouth" the husband is anguished because he suspects his wife is out RIGHT THEN cheating on him, so he calls his best friend.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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es ist Buch der beschädigten menschen in eine Amerika die es heute schwehr zu finden ist,man lacht ,spricht über Dinge spezifisch für die damalige Zeit,skuril und... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2013 von nagel
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
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Salinger is a master in creating recognizable characters in a short story. His ability to use dialogues to tell whole stories is amazing. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2010 von Jon
Nine Stories kept me turning pages all night through. It is an enjoyable collection to read. Salinger emerged as witty, penetrating, humurous and very knowing. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2005 von Piervy Sto
Short stories that cannot be beat. Salinger beats Faulkner's fictional county tales by only writing stories peripheral to his family. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Jacob Blair
I absolutely detested all of the stories in this volume! All of them were dreary and gloomy for no particular reason, and after I finished each one, I was still at a loss at to... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 29. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
Upon dropping in to review all books that were/are important to me, I noticed that "Nine Stories" only has 4 and 1/2 stars. Hmmmmmmmm. totally illogical. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
As everyone else has said, this is just the most brilliant thing ever written. The stories stay with you for so long, especially "Bananafish" and "Teddy. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 14. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
At first "A perfect day for bananafish" can mislead. But as the stories unthread, a blurred conceptual mood begins to focus in and the whole impressionist image appears,... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 16. Mai 2000 von Jazzmountain