Nine Stories

by katystreet

By J. D. Salinger.

I enjoyed these stories a lot. I would like to re-read them, along with Franny and Zooey. I love Salinger’s straight-forward descriptions and way of setting a scene. The writing still feels modern, despite the dialogue clearly being dated.

I did feel that sometimes Salinger was going over my head when he didn’t need to, which I didn’t appreciate. For instance, in Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes, there is a twist to the story which was great but I didn’t glean from the text — I had to read about it online. I don’t see the point in being so obtuse. The story was an amazing character study and being clearer with the twist at the end would not have disrupted that. I wonder if more of the nine stories had some extra layer that I didn’t catch.

Many of these stories are occupied with children, particularly precocious children. This seems to be common in Salinger’s writing.