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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She walked for about a quarter of a mile and then suddenly broke into an oblique run up the soft part of the beach. View all 4 comments. Or maybe THAT was the point The protagonist, then, is highly misunderstood by the adults around him, so he instead seeks refuge in the world of children, where his “madness” amounts to little more than joking banter. They were talking at each other and not with each other. This short story is generally included in Nine Stories collection, if you want to read it.

Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early s before serving in World War II. Bananafish and I ran into that problem.

You remember that book he sent me from Germany? Goodbye, Mother,” said the girl.

This story explores the isolating effects of mental illness. I guess because he’s so pale and all,” said the girl. This book has many different themes as well. Like Seymour, Sybil can see what others cannot, though her openness is a function of her childishness rather than of trauma and regret.


I’ll be the first to admit that.

I’m giving it plenty of thought, Salingdr, you’ll be glad to know. 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. Papers on Language and Literature. I happened to be looking at the floor,” said the woman, and faced the doors of the car.

Do something to you! 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 — bananafihs this I want to be clear — just because I loved this one doesn’t mean I understood it. He retrieves a pistol from his luggage and suddenly takes his own life.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – J. D. Salinger

Salinger and I just never hit it off. 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 bananagish gifted, the well and the sick. Perhaps because of how he was described in other books, I wasn’t expecting an anti-war narrative so much as a description of genius spurned by society. View all 14 comments. The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling aroundcopies a year.

In the beginning, with the conversation between Muriel and her mother, the reader can sense that Seymour might be mentally or emotionally unstable. I’ve been racking my–“.

She sat down on one of the made-up twin beds and–it was the fifth or sixth ring–picked up the phone. Do you remember, Thor?? As you can see, the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns the attitude of most adults. The room smelled of new calfskin luggage and nail-lacquer remover. I never go anyplace without ’em. What’d I do with it? She reads cheap women magazines while he reads poetry. Retrieved from ” https: The story is set at an upscale seaside resort in Florida.


Then the young man picked her up and laid her down on her stomach on the float.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Suicide fascinated people, J. Salinger Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. It’s sad, actually, is what it is. Oct 20, Leanne Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: He starts a baseless argument with a bananafisg in an elevator, accusing her of staring at his feet and calling her a “god-damned sneak.

Did anyone else see Seymour as a sex offender? I’m so sunburned I can hardly move.

Feb 27, Gorab Jain rated it it was ok Shelves: Sybil reproaches Seymour for allowing another little girl, Sharon Lipschutz, to sit with him the previous night as he played the lounge piano for the hotel’s guests. Maxwell argued that there was no clear explanation that justified Seymour killing himself. He has taken so much from the war: When the operator finally rang her room, she was sitting on the window seat and bananaish almost finished putting lacquer on the nails of her left hand.