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In honour of the centennial of the birth of JD Salinger in Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions with artwork and text based on the very first Sa. i know of three people who are totally obsessed with jd salinger john hinckleymark david chapmangoodreads david i know of four reasons why i must love this book1 because i don't want to see a list that looks like thisronald reaganjohn lennongoodreads brian2 because in the early 80s salinger was a huge fan of the sitcom mr merlin which was based on the premise wait for it wait for it that merlin yeah that merlin is alive and well in san francisco and working as a mechanic and it gets better salinger became totally obsessed with elaine joyce the lead actress from the show and came out of hiding to track her down and date her joyce could later be seen on just about every single game show and well just watch this clipyeah you really gotta love charles nelson reillyi imagine salinger lonely smelly the bottom of his too large t shirt hard with encrusted sperm top of it soft with drool beard stubble cat hair spoiled milk stale danish waiting all week for the chance to tug at his old man penis to 23 minutes of mr merlin hoarsely shouting in anger and frustration as he’s about to ejaculate and they abruptly cut away from joyce to merlin thank god for tivo and being able to freeze frame or slo mo marisa tomei without having to hoarsely shout at ethan hawke and phillip seymour hoffmanso it’s very funny of course but also incredibly human and poignant and tragic and while the tendency is to ridicule salinger for falling for a third rate sitcom actress it can’t help but humanize and endear him to any of us who have totally completely and inexplicably fallen for someone3 because i'm a shameless contrarian and all you fuckers love to rag on the man so i really wanted to love this book and it wasn't difficult 4 because it's great these stories are great and they don’t even feel like stories but like nine strange impressionist sketches i almost feel that each story should have started and ended with an ellipse you kind of flow from one weird fragmented sketch to the next from the laughing man which makes you feel like a child than any story you’ve ever read into bananafish which is loaded with stunning and surreal imagery than should be allowed in one story and then to Teddy’s strange world of cruise ships and fate and genius childrenget in the ring motherfuckers

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Nine StoriesLinger editions published in the s and sA collection of nine exceptional stories from one of the great American voices of the twentieth century Witty urbane and freuently affecting For Esmé. If kidnappers had snatched up J D Salinger some time in the early 1970s driven like madmen through the night and the next day too and imprisoned him in a small but pleasant room somewhere near Boise furnished him with with all mod cons and told him he wasn't going anyplace soon until he'd finished at the very least another nine stories and at best three or four complete novels; and if the kidnappers due to an endearing cocktail of naivete and compassion because you know they were just literature fans like you and me not blank eyed killers and they weren't entirely convinced about this whole caper to begin with let it be said let JD go for long walks to get inspiration but really to beat on a nearby farmhouse door and call the cops; and if they were then rounded up not too hard said the cops and put on trial not a jury in the land would have convicted them When the prosecution rested and the defence opened their lawyer would simply have issued a copy of Nine Stories to all 12 jurors and said Ladies and gentlemen I rest my caseThis is not to say that each of the Nine is such a great golden glowing nugget of controlled power insight and wisdom some are but that the whole is such elouent proof of the perspicacity intelligence and all round humanbeingness of JDS that reading this collection is very bittersweet how lovely it all is and how very little of it there is when duller pudgier fingered writers type on and on and publish and publish Anyone who has encountered comments by myself on Ye Olde Catcher in Ye Rye will now accuse me of inconsistency or at least be expecting me to accuse JDS of the same How can I hate the novel for its unbearable whine and Johnny one note somebody shut him up please tiresomeness and yet enjoy all the rest of JDS as I do They're cut from the same cloth it's not like Picasso's blue period and Picasso the cubist which could have been different guys or the Velvet Underground's first and third albums which could have been a different band But I've come across this in different areas of the universe can't stand Tom Waits until Swordfishtrombones think he's a genius for three albums then can't stand him again Shakespeare's tragedies oui Shakespeare's comedies er non So maybe not that unusualJDS famously published all his stuff between 1951 and 1963 and then STOPPED Which is why the kidnappers pounced they gave him a good ten year rest and that was ENOUGH to their way of thinking And he stopped just as things were getting really interesting He writes of the murderous conformities of American educated middle class life and of the outcasts and especially young kids who either subvert this button down world or bail out swiftly Just as he stopped publishing things began to change the 60s began swinging and the youthuake as it has been termed was upon us Just the very stuff that you might have thought would have fascinated JD What do the kids do when they try to make their own rules up I feel the absence of JDS throughout the 60s and 70s as i feel the absence of another American writer who STOPPED in 1963 Sylvia Plath I want to know what these two clever clogs would have made of the tumultuous ten years which followed the self stilling of their voices But back to the Nine Stories and to steal a fellow reviewer's catch phraseIs it a classic Answer Yes GoddamnPS I realise I also speculated upon the advisability of kidnapping Thomas Bernhard elsewhere but that was to save the world from any further novels like Extinction whereas the JD Salinger kidnap is for the opposite reason But I would like to publicly state that I do not condone the imprisonment of any writers for any reasons so please don't try this at home

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FREE DOWNLOAD ¾ Nine Stories Ú ❴Download❵ ➾ Nine Stories Author J.D. Salinger – Dcmdirect.co.uk In honour of the centennial of the birth of JD Salinger in 1919 Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions with artwork and text based on the very first Saling In honour of the centennial oWith Love and Sualor sits alongside Salinger's very best work a gem that will be passed down for many generations to come'The most perfectly balanced collection of stories I know' Ann Patchet. Salinger's Nine Stories should be renamed How to Write Short Stories While many hold up Catcher in the Rye as the zenith of his achievements for me it will always be this wistful and brave little book I re read it two or three times or year I love it that much To be honest out of the nine stories collected here I would say that only a third are Salinger's best Perfect Day for Banafish For Esme With Love and Sualor and The Laughing Man are to me the peaks of short fiction Everything that Salinger does best he does in these three tales Nobody wrote children better than him They leap off the page at you right into your lap Esme her brother Seymour's little friend and the narrator of Laughing Man are so vivid and real you feel like running them all down the street for ice cream and cake They are that true to life Same goes for Seymour in Banana Fish and the narrator of For Esme Nobody got into the heads of brilliant but troubled young people better than Salinger What we hear about Seymour as opposed to what we see creates a palpable and beautifultension The narrator of For Esme's war inflicted emotional problems are drawn with such artistry as to flood over you as you read Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut Daumier Smith's Blue Period and War with the Eskimos to me fall into the damn entertaining but not great category These stories are beautifully observed funny poignant and always a pleasure to read but lack that magic the first three have to spare Of course that being said even being good but not great Salinger makes them better than mostFinally Teddy Down in the Dinghy and Pretty Mouth Green My Eyes are good stories but I feel they suffer from being collected in the same book as the others Each alone is enthralling but not a one of them is a patch on Esme or Bananafish Where the other stories feel like a full meal these come off like snacks Tasty but not uite fillingIf you like Salinger and want to read something by him that won't make you want to shoot a president or a sixties rock star this my friend is the book for you