by J. D. Salinger. THERE WERE ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the long-distance lines, the girl in. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is a short story by J. D. Salinger, originally published in the January 31, issue of The New Yorker. It was anthologized in. J. D.. Salinger “I tried to get you last night and the night before. The phone here’s been–” A Perfect Day for Bananafish The New Yorker, January 31, , pages.

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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 definitely isn’t a case of just being a fan of Salinger. I put it right–“.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

I never go anyplace without ’em. He finally got out of his hole. And Catcher saligner the Rye was very amusing They want four hundred dollars, just to–“. She’s never mean or unkind. 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.

Come a little closer. I was sitting there, playing. Return to Book Page.

Salinger published in April 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. I love the unseen commentary in this short bananafih.

Sybil immediately stooped and began to dig in the sand. Stopping only to sink a foot in a soggy, collapsed castle, she was soon out of the area reserved for guests of the hotel. Jul 01, Mehrdad rated it liked it. That business with the window. I mean all he does is lie there. Papers on Language and Literature. Perhaps I’m just not a membeer of that culture.


Came across this as a reference in Baananafish Storied Life of A. This “dualism” can be found in other works of Salinger, as he continually depicts life “as a battleground between the normal and abnormal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the talentless and the gifted, the well and the sick.

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Then the young man picked her up and laid her down on her stomach on the float. We’re very worried about you. Critics interpret evidence from the story to determine what the actual cause of Seymour’s suicide was due to conflicting reasoning presented in other stories that include the Glass family.

She read an article in a women’s pocket-size magazine, called “Sex Is Fun-or Hell. The main is complex and the whole thing is so sad.

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. This reminded Seymour of the childhood innocence and imagination, where magic still exists and bananafish roam the sea.

His imagination is at its best when he tells her a story about bananafish and how they keep gobbling fish until they bloat up to get stuck in doorways. Muriel Glass, a wealthy and self-absorbed woman, phones her mother from her suite to discuss Muriel’s husband Seymour, a World War II combat veteran recently discharged from an army hospital; it is implied that he was being evaluated for a psychiatric disorder. The only people he could make a connection to were children. Alright, I did enjoy that phone call conversation, the beach, the writing style and all He very definitely told your father there’s a chance–a very great chance, he said–that Seymour may completely lose control of himself.

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She tweezed out two freshly surfaced hairs in her mole. Maxwell argued that there was no clear explanation that justified Seymour killing himself. You probably won’t believe this, but some little girls like to poke that little dog with balloon sticks. Mixing memory and desire. We take in experiences: He bent over, picked up the float, and secured salinget under his right arm.

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. Nov 08, Inday-Elie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: His future was bleak id isolating, filled with unsatisfying sexual experiences. I know, I know, it is in Nine Stories. With her little lacquer brush, bananafizh the phone was ringing, she went over the nail of her little finger, accentuating the line of the moon.

Once they both get into the water and Sybil is vulnerably on a raft controlled by Seymour, I felt a definite tension build in the story.