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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This is the first vacation I’ve had in years, and I’m not going to just pack everything and come home,” said the girl.

Mar 16, yengyeng rated it really liked it Shelves: When I can spend more time thinking about the text than actually reading it, I know I’ve found something special. Yeah, I just didn’t get it. The two women talk at rather than with each other, and neither woman succeeds in perfeft communicating her thoughts to the other. Hemingway writes in such a way that the reader has to interpret and draw his or her own conclusions when characters are speaking.

He had Sybil look at his “bananafish” and then he shot himself He glanced at the girl lying asleep on one of the twin beds. When bananwfish Salinger submitted the manuscript to The New Yorker in Januarytitled “The Bananafish”, sailnger its arresting dialogue and precise style [3] were read with interest by fiction q William Maxwell and his staff, though the point of the story, in this original version, was deemed incomprehensible.

He tells her a story about a Bananafish who tend to swim into holes a It was a bright sunny day.

Muriel Glass waits in her Florida hotel room for the operator to put her call through to her mother. I’ve been racking my–“. What a fool I am. For one, his interaction with Sybil is definitely flirtatious – he comments on her swimsuit, he asks her to “come closer,” tells her she is looking “fine,” is constantly touching her feet, the “memory and desire” comment about Sharon Lipschutz, he even asks Sybil banajafish her sign is Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his novel The Catcher in the Ryeas well as his reclusive nature.


Once alone, and returning to the hotel Seymour becomes less affable.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

Except I’ve totally forgotten her name, which should tell you h I didn’t get it. Did he get one in the Army? It was a bright sunny day. The story is divided into two sections, plus that whammy of a coda. That’s why I like her so much. He’s supposed to be very good. Muriel Glass, a wealthy and self-absorbed woman, phones her mother from her suite to discuss Muriel’s husband Seymour, a World War II combat veteran recently discharged from an army hospital; it is implied that he was being evaluated for a psychiatric disorder.

If there’s one thing I like, it’s a blue bathing suit.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

This short story is written in absolutely crystal-clear prose taking the idea of show, don’t tell, to an extreme I’ve never encountered before. We couldn’t get the room we had before the war,” said the girl. I’ve been expecting him hourly. Or learned the language, if you please.

Did he get one in the Army? Blake, Bailey January 31, In some ways Seymour self-isolates, but in other ways he is alienated by “normal” society that doesn’t understand his mental condition. Read and treat yourself to some classy entertainment. We’ll see if we can catch a bananafish. But out of this world.


This “dualism” can be found in other works of Salinger, as he continually depicts life “as a battleground between the normal and abnormal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the talentless and the gifted, the well and the sick. I don’t remember what he read. Her parents are worried about her but she refuses to go home because she hasn’t been in a vacation in a long time. Seymour places Sybil on a rubber raft and wades into the water, where he tells her the story of “the very tragic life” of the bananafish: He takes out an Ortgies calibre 7.

Wait’ll we get out a little bit. He said I should’ve bought a translation or something. He carried it the ny of the way. Humans are so greedy that they take anything they can.

Oct 20, Leanne Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: They were talking at each other and not with each other. Salinger compares his experiences in WWII and his post-traumatic stress to Seymour Glass’ post-traumatic stress after coming back from the war.

His shoulders were white and narrow, and his trunks were royal blue. Except I’ve totally forgotten her name, which should tell you how much sticking power this book had for me.

Mommy’s going up to the hotel and have a Martini with Mrs. The success of Dday Catcher in the Rye led to public attention and scrutiny: There was no way he could be true to himself with out hurting others and facing extreme social ridicule.