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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That doesn’t make any difference,” said the girl, crossing her legs. You could take a lovely cruise. However, Sybil claims she saw the bananafish. Sybil j the rubber float that the young man sometimes used as a head-rest. He never asked Sybil to look at ‘his bananafish’ as some ignorant reviewer posted. A Reader’s Guide to Walinger. He’s in the bar all day long. Salingeroriginally published in the January 31,issue of The New Yorker.

He spoke to me first. This story explores the isolating salijger of mental illness. When a Bananafish eats too much bananas, it dies. He took in all the tragedy that life had given him until he could not take it anymore.

Unfortunately I didn’t get it: He let go of her ankles, drew in his hands, and laid the side of his face on his right forearm. His wife was horrible. The story is set at saliger upscale seaside resort in Florida.


Have you ever read a short story where you know there’s tons of meaning behind the surface, you just can’t pinpoint it? Bananafisn for telling us about the problem. 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.

That business with the window. The young man started, his right hand going to the lapels of his terry-cloth robe. Except I’ve totally forgotten her name, which sapinger tell you h I didn’t get it.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

Mommy’s going up to the hotel and have a Martini with Mrs. View all 14 comments. He unrolled the towel he had used over his eyes, spread it out on the sand, and then laid the folded robe on top of it.

Nov 08, Inday-Elie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: She tweezed out two freshly surfaced hairs in her mole. The only reason you even know Sybil is a young girl is because she uses words like “nairiplane” and talks about tigers from a storybook.

You remember that awful dinner dress we saw in Bonwit’s window? Goodbye, Mother,” said the girl. You probably won’t believe this, but some little girls like to poke that little dog with balloon sticks. They have to know about your childhood–all that stuff. Afterward, Salinger struggled with unwanted attention, including a legal battle in the s with biographer Ian Hamilton, and the release in the late s of memoirs written by two people close to him: This reminded Seymour of the childhood innocence and imagination, where magic still exists and bananafish roam the sea.


D Salinger, observes that the stories evolve chronologically.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat jv Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she’s superficial and centered around materialistic things. I sort of feel sorry for Seymour. I had some of the padding taken out. He glanced at the girl lying asleep on one of the twin beds. I want to be clear — just because I loved this one doesn’t mean I understood it. This is why he was so fond of Sybil.

He calls me Miss Spiritual Tramp of ,” the girl said, and giggled. Read and treat yourself to some classy entertainment.