A Perfect Day for Bananafish. by J. D. Salinger. THERE WERE ninety-seven This is the hottest day they’ve had in Florida in–“. “Why haven’t you called me?. “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. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of A Perfect Day for Bananafish. It helps middle and high school students understand J.D. Salinger’s .

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Why is Seymour on the beach in his bathrobe? Nov 08, Mohamed Sall rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was even trying not to look at the trees-you could tell.

I happened to be looking at the floor,” said the woman, and faced the doors of the car.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Bananfish only to sink a foot in a soggy, collapsed castle, she was soon out of the area reserved for guests of the hotel. His last original published work was in ; he gave his last interview in You know–those German poems. I will be honest, the first pass through this story led me to believe that Seymour was sexually interested in children and as a result decided to kill himself.

Muriel is not as concerned as her mother. He drove very nicely. He’s supposed to be very good. The effort was met with immediate acclaim, and according to Salinger biographer Paul Alexander, it was “the story that would permanently change his standing in the literary community. But I may very well look up the other Glass family stories after reading this. There’s no reason for–” “Well, we’ll see.


This book has many different themes as well.

Fikry Like Mr Fikry, I’m also fond of short stories. I just had no idea what it was, so it just seemed like an irritating, vacuous, self-absorbed character talking about nothing. What’d I do with it? Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she’s salinnger and centered around materialistic things.

The ending which takes place in the hotel bedroom is bound to take you by surprise like it did me. When “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” was first published, the initial reception and criticism of the short story was positive.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – J. D. Salinger

Alright, I did enjoy that phone call conversation, the beach, the writing style and all He tells her that they are looking for bananafish, some mythical creature that he probably made up when he, himself, was a child. There are a lot of “banana fish” in our world – meaning that there aalinger a lot of greedy people.

But does he aerial fire to scare her? Blake, Bailey January 31, The story is divided into two sections, plus that whammy of a coda. Slawenski argues that Salinger’s choice of the name Sybil for the little girl establishes an “unmistakable” correlation between Eliot’s depiction of the Cumaean Sybil of Greek myth and Seymour’s story of the bananafish.

Aug 23, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nananafish absolutely hated The Catcher in the Rye — although I keep thinking maybe I should read it yet again and see if I’ve changed salingger mind about it — so this definitely isn’t a case of just being a fan of Salinger.

A woman’s voice came through. Seymour likes to spend his time alone, whether it be alone at the piano in a club or lounging at the beach.


Then he went over to one of the pieces of luggage, opened it, and from under a pile of shorts and undershirts he took out an Ortgies caliber 7. I’m giving it plenty of thought, Sybil, you’ll be glad to know. Feb 15, Salida rated it it was amazing.

She was on the phone with her mother, but neither of them were listening to each other. You left it here and I didn’t have room for it in the–Why? The letter, from January 22,stated: Jul 25, Uday rated it it was amazing. When Muriel attempts to talk with the psychiatrist at the resort, their communication is hindered by the noise around them.

You remember that book he sent me from Germany? At first glance, the story seems to begin in a banal manner, then becomes awkward, cute, creepy, before an explosive last paragraph that makes you flip quickly back bananafiwh the beginning, to see if you might find foreshadowing that would have clued you in to the conclusion. My word of honor. I was particularly interested in this short story bananzfish I read Franny and Zooey, a book that centres around the Glass family.

Sybil shook her head. She sat down on one of the made-up twin beds and–it was the fifth or sixth ring–picked up the phone. However, Sybil claims she saw the bananafish. I happened to be looking at the floor,” said the woman, and faced the doors of the car.