“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. 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?. 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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Muriel Glass, his wife, is aware that he has been mentally unstable since the war yet she does not do anything about it. But once they get in, they behave perfct pigs. I can feel the tempo of Salinger’s writing, but it refuses to ‘click’ for me.

There’s no reason for–” “Well, we’ll see. Oct 20, Leanne Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Reader’s Guide to J. He calls me Miss Spiritual Tramp of ,” the girl said, and giggled.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Apr 05, Dana West rated it liked it. He made headlines around the globe in Juneafter filing a lawsuit against another writer for copyright infringement resulting from that writer’s use of one of Salinger’s characters from The Catcher in the Rye. Anyways, A Perfect Day for Bananafish hides an emotional and impactful punch under disguise of mundane and simple, leaving the reader breadcrumbs to figure out what happened and why. He let go of her ankles, drew in his hands, and laid the side of his face on his right forearm.


Salinger compares his experiences in WWII and his post-traumatic stress to Seymour Glass’ post-traumatic stress after coming back from the war. I have read it translated into Russian by R. That is, I have it. Jun 20, Rowland Pasaribu rated it liked it. The bananafish metaphor is simple yet effective.

Why, I’ve known some bananafish to swim into a banana hole and eat as many as seventy-eight bananas. Well, nothing much, really. He tells her how the bananafish gorges itself on bananas until it is so stuffed it cannot leave its burrow.

I’ve been expecting him hourly.

It’s a terrible disease. In the Zen spirit of this work, physical pleasures have no real value and only distract us from pursuing that which really matters.

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As such, with its abrupt ending as many of the stories within Nine Storiesit leaves as many questions as it does answers. Her parents are worried about her but she refuses to go home because she hasn’t been in a vacation in a long time.

This signifies the process of growing up. Set loose, Sybil immediately ran down to the flat part of the beach and began to walk in the direction of Fisherman’s Pavilion. 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. It needs more air than I’m willing to admit.


A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a story about people, who saw too much, who survived so much pain, are unable to move past those events. Jan 29, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing Shelves: He tells her that they are looking for bananafish, some mythical creature that he probably made up when he, himself, was a child.

The two started to walk down to the ocean. Little, Brown and Company. He very definitely told your father there’s a chance–a very great chance, he said–that Seymour may completely lose control of himself. She walked for about a quarter of a mile and then suddenly broke into an oblique run up the soft part of the beach. The young man suddenly picked up one of Sybil’s wet feet, which were drooping over the end of the float, and kissed the arch. Then the young man picked her up and laid her down on her stomach on the float.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

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A second reading reveals a few more details; by the third I’ve started to get a full picture. The water soaked Sybil’s blond hair, but her scream was full of pleasure.