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From: Patrick Zimmer <>
Date: Sun Feb 23 2003 - 18:59:21 EST

Well John,
I appreciated your repsonse. What I loved about Nine Stories is how
realistic everything is . The characters and their actions struck as being
very true to how actual people act, right down to a slight inflection of the
voice via italics or the manner in which a character scratches their ankle
or whatnot. Most of the time, we do not really get a direct window into the
character's minds, but Salinger let's their subtle actions provide clues
into what they are thinking. I love how in "War with the eskimoes," Ginnie
continually crosses and uncrosses her legs. To me, it was a gauge that
showed the level in which she was warming up to Selena's brother. It shows
how perceptible J.D. is. Could you imagine hanging out with him? He seems
like he could see through anyone immediately. Also, Salinger doesn't
pontificate to us; he just tells his stories in an unbiased, almost
journalistic fashion. He presents dialogue and action in such a human way
and leaves it up to the reader to find meaning in it.
Banafish, being the first one I read, was a punch in the face and an eye
opening introduction into this stark Nine Stories world. Well, gotta go;
I'll get back to you. I am in the process of rereading these, so I don't
know, until than:
It has been real, and it has been fun. But, it has not been real fun.

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