Short Story 21: A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J. D. Salinger

At 91, literary genius J.D. Salinger passed away very recently and as I had not read anything by this celebrated author, the 1st thing I did was to hunt for something to read that was fast and easily available and short. Just to get a feel of his writing, just for that. The link of this short story was found at Nymeth‘s blog today and off I went to read him!

Oh My! I must have missed on a hell lot, if I had not taken the time to read this story. Surprisingly I loved it. I do not know how to explain, but I think it is one of those stories, that’s going to stay with you for some time. And as you re-read the story again over time, you see more meaning and more depth in those few lines. It is a simple story, yet there is so much more than simpleness that adds to it.

I would recommend it HIGHLY. Even if you have not read any short story, you must read this one. This story actually reminded me why I love this genre a LOT.
Thanks is due to Nymeth, as always.

Go Read it Now, won’t take more than 10-15 minutes, trust me – I am a slow reader :).

This is my small tribute to him and now I have to pick up Catcher in the Rye, which I have had for a long time, but never read it.
Never had enough courage, I think … 🙂

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  1. i haven't read anything by Salinger as well.. incidentally, i picked up catcher in the rye just 2 days back ..honestly,i think i was a lil intimidated and that's why i havent read him before .. i have to read it,now that i have the book !!

  2. Veens, thank you for posting this. I read about his death in the newspaper this morning, and thought about writing a post on J.D. Salinger–now you've beaten me to it (plus, I had to post giveaway winners). Anyway, thanks for this post and for the link to Bananafish (interesting title), which I hope is as good as The Catcher in the Rye (although you can't really compare a short story with a novel . . . apples and oranges). I mentioned you in today's post!

  3. Glad you have discovered this man's work and short stories. His Nine Stories (including Bananafish) is a favourite collection of mine. And you must read Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beams Carpenter if you can find it. I could not read Catcher in the Rye. I tried more than once and I just could not tolerate that boy. I hope you are more tolerant. Everything else he wrote was wonderful for me. I very much look forward to your thoughts on his work.

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