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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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Salinger, originally published in the January 31, issue of The New Yorker. Published first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Perfect Day for Bananafishplease sign up. See all 3 questions about A Perfect Day for Bananafish…. Lists with This Book. Feb 15, Salida rated it it was amazing. Let’s get one thing straight, Seymour Glass was not a sex offender. He never asked Sybil to look at ‘his bananafish’ as some ignorant reviewer posted.

This is a story about desperation, about a man who was exhausted of trying to fit into a society where he was not welcomed. In the beginning, with the conversation between Muriel and her mother, the reader can sense that Seymour might be mentally or emotionally unstable.

Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she’s superficial and centered around mate Let’s get one thing straight, Seymour Glass was not a sex offender. Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she’s superficial and centered around materialistic things. She was on the phone with her mother, but neither of them were listening to each other.

They were talking at each other and not with each other. Muriel ealinger not acknowledge her kd concern for her and her mother did not hear the constant reassurances that Muriel was fine. Seymour likes to spend his time alone, whether it be alone at the piano in a club or lounging at the beach. He just did not click with other adults. The only people he could make a connection to were children.

This is why he was so fond of Sybil. Children were simple minded and innocent and not touched by the harsh darkness of the world. Seymour longs to regain the innocence that he had in childhood, the innocence he lost while growing up and leaving to war. He goes out to the water with Sybil. He tells her that they are looking for bananafish, some mythical creature that he probably made up when he, himself, was a child.

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He tells her how the bananafish gorges itself on bananas until it is so stuffed it cannot leave its burrow. This signifies the process of growing up.

Humans are so greedy that they take anything they can. We take in experiences: He knows that in reality they will not find the fish. However, Sybil claims she saw the bananafish. This reminded Seymour of the childhood innocence and imagination, where magic still exists and bananafish roam the sea.

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He then goes back to the hotel. Seymour is the bananafish. He took in all the tragedy that life had given him until he could not take it anymore. So full of contempt he could not fit into the bbananafish world. View all 14 comments.

Jan 29, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it nd amazing Shelves: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, J. Salinger Nine Salinnger is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J.

Salinger published in April Salingdr 19, Sarah Gardner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Easily one of the greatest short stories I’ve ever read. When I can spend more time thinking about the text than actually reading it, I know I’ve found something special. Jun 10, Knarik Avetisyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I happened to be looking at the floor,” said the woman, and faced bananfish doors of the car.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

As you can see, the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns “I see you’re looking at my feet,” he said to her when the car was in motion. As you can see, the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns the attitude of most adults.

It even explores the idea that children are somehow more spiritually advanced than adults, more capable of seeing with the soul salibger than the eyes. It features a young man who has returned from his service in Sslinger War II and is experiencing what today we would call post-traumatic stress disorder. Back in the s, however, this term hadn’t even been coined, and people were far less bananafisu about this sort of mental illness.

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. Swlinger story makes us wonder what really counts as “insane,” even calling into question the “normal” conversations between “sane” adults.

It also condemns materialism as a great danger to the soul’s well-being. This story explores the isolating effects of mental illness. Seymour Glass, a troubled young man just back from service in World War II, has difficulty adjusting to being home, no doubt as a result of his experiences in the war.

In some ways Seymour self-isolates, but in other ways he is alienated by “normal” society that doesn’t understand his mental condition. This isolation is physical, mental, and bananafiah — Seymour bananzfish himself “alone” in more ways than one. In “A Perfect Day for Jr sex is one of the material pursuits that poses a threat to the well-being of the soul.

In the Zen spirit of this work, physical pleasures have no real value and only distract us from pursuing that which really matters. Most of the story’s commentary on bananafiwh lies between the lines, or can be inferred from reading some of Salinger’s other works on the same characters.

Jun 20, Rowland Pasaribu rated it liked it. In the next ten years, Salinger published dalinger other Glass family stories in the New Yorker: The siblings of the Glass family were criticized for being unkind and obnoxious.

Catcher quickly became an American classic, and its protagonist, Holden Caulfield, became the voice of a generation that was coming of age in the postwar era. After the popular success and controversy of Catcherand the criticism of his subsequent works, Je isolated himself from the world, publishing little and maintaining a private life.


The story includes many of the elements that Salinger revisits throughout his career, including the idea of the outsider, male angst, critique of New York society, contempt for materialism, and the redemptive nature of children.

Muriel Glass waits in her Florida hotel room for the operator to put her call through to her mother. The hotel is full for a sales convention, so she must wait a long time. She fixes her clothing, paints her nails, and reads a magazine. When the call does go through, Muriel reassures her anxious mother about her safety. Muriel is not as concerned as her mother. In the evenings, there are formal dinners and cocktail parties, at which Seymour often sits apart, playing the salinegr.

The resort is full of society people, although Muriel feels that the quality of these people has diminished since the war.

She tells her mother that Seymour is on the beach by himself. The two women talk at rather than with each other, and neither woman succeeds in truly communicating her thoughts to the other. When Muriel attempts to talk with the psychiatrist at the resort, their communication is hindered by the noise around them.

Seymour is entirely unable to communicate with other people at the resort, preferring to sit alone playing the piano or spend time at the beach rather than try to enter into a society in which he feels like an outsider.

zalinger Though Muriel and Seymour do not speak with each other in the story, their communication is so fraught as to be nonexistent. Because of his traumatic experiences in the war, he has a greater understanding of life and can recognize the materialism and superficiality of the world around him.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – J. D. Salinger

Like Seymour, Sybil can see what others cannot, though her openness is a function of her childishness rather than salinge trauma and regret. View all 3 comments. Mar 02, Wendy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I remember the day I read this book. It was hot outside and I was at achool and out teacher made us read an excerpt.

I’ve never really liked books that I was forced to read but this one reached out to me so when I got home I got on the computer, found a copy and read it. It made me think, and that’s what I love about literature. The main is complex and the whole thing is so sad.

If you’re debating reading this, trust me, you should. Nov 21, Mohsin Maqbool rated it it was amazing.

He is a total misfit in a world that seems to be guided by greed and materialism. He has no real outlet for the complicated and bottled-up emotions he carries inside him.