Nine Stories

I had once tried to enjoy reading ‘Catcher in the Rye’ but in vain. I knew his work was highly acclaimed and few of my friends were all praise for him. Then, i had neither the time nor inclination to appreciate classics. But now i can spare the weekends and have even bought Nine stories.
I rushed through the first story, ‘A perfect day for bananafish’, just 18 pages, but at the end of it was left wanting. Put it simply, this story is about Muriel and her husband Seymour. The war has affected Seymour. While Muriel seems to be sure of his recovery her mother is anxious. Meanwhile, Muriel is on the beach and seems to like conversing with the girl Sybil. He tells her a story about the bananafish. The bananafish like bananas and once they get into the hole that has bananas they hog and fatten. Fatten so much that they die in the hole unable to get out it. Seymour then returns to the hotel. Muriel is asleep on one of the beds. He sits on the other and shoots himself.
What does one make out of this story? Frankly, if i had not known the author i would have put this book off. But then i took a second chance.
The second story, ‘Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut’ didn’t help me either.  I take the help of Google and find this site which puts the stories in perspective. It appears to me, the stories did’nt come to Salinger as Stephen King (see ‘On writing’) would have liked it.  He builds the stories to portray his view of the world, which to me seems pessimistic. I quote from the site, ‘Salinger believes that we are all subject to cruel twists of fate…’.  I will read the other 7 stories but now i am sure they will be depressing. (they were not as u will find here)
What this book needs, atleast to help lay readers like me, is a good introduction.

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