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Franny and Zooey

Salinger, J. D.

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Franny and Zooey
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Franny came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed in 1957 by Zooey. Both stories are early entries in a narrative series about the Glasses, a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York. In the first story, Franny, a young college girl, arrives in New Haven (Yale) to be with her boyfriend for a football weekend, where they go to a café. The story is essentially an account of their talk. Franny is telling her boyfriend about how phony she finds campus life, and talks about a book she read about a Russian monk who discovers a special Jesus prayer that can become a part of you. In the second story, Franny is at her parents' home in New York, recovering from a nervous breakdown. In a long talk with her brother Zooey, they confront each other's traumas, weaknesses, genius and problems with the world.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., [2006]
ISBN: 0316769541
9780316769549
0316769029
9780316769020
Branch Call Number: FICTION SALINGER
Characteristics: 201 p. ;,21 cm

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Nov 25, 2014
  • jenoteacher rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I remember liking this book in high school, but - surprise surprise - twenty and some years later I find can't relate to it anymore. The characters are misfits who can't find purchase in their adult lives. They have breakdowns, act badly, go on desperate searches for meaning - all of which sounds like good reading. But what doesn't line up for me now is Franny and Zooey's turn towards Christianity as an answer. The religious quest part of the plot rings hollow. I wonder how it would strike a religious person? The scene with Franny talking to Zooey posing as Buddy on Seymour's phone was a memorable one though. The writing has a lot of style, which makes it a fun read, but I never came to love or relate to the characters as much as I wanted to.

Apr 30, 2014
  • joliebergman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A breath of fresh, whirly twirly, topsy, turvey, all you need is love air.

Sep 17, 2013
  • shjohnso rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

could not get into it

Aug 02, 2013
  • Lucchesa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was not particularly into Catcher in the Rye, so I never read any more Salinger. But thanks to a couple of well-placed Franny & Zooey references in my life recently, I picked it up & am glad I did. Salinger, as he describes one of his characters, is a verbal stunt pilot. I'm reading a self-motivation book at the same time, & it's interesting how well the two mesh as the core theme is doing what you desire with all your heart.

This was on the Young Adult shelf despite the fact that its major characters are 20 and 25. There is no real sex here, no language stronger than Goddamn (it's funny to read dialogue where all the goddamn this or that would be f***ing this or that in modern parlance), a lot of religion. There is a ridiculous amount of smoking, though, and some martinis. The book originated as stories in the New Yorker, so certainly Salinger was aiming at a mature audience. Is it just Catcher that made this YA by association, or have the times changed so much that this now seems to fit the category?

May 08, 2012
  • ruthiepaint rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very fluid, and quirky.

Dec 30, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm a huge Salinger fan and enjoy the antics of the quirky Glass family.

May 16, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I admire how well Salinger captured colloquial speech on the page, although it’s more the colloquial speech of television (or radio, as Salinger calls it) than of real life. I didn’t enjoy the parts where it seems like a manifesto (presumably the author’s) is being spouted by characters in the story – isn’t that propaganda instead of literature?

I think Franny is pregnant.

Mar 07, 2010
  • mvincelli rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Quick, good.

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Dec 11, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As much as anything else, it was the stare, not so paradoxically, of a privacy-lover who, once his privacy has been invaded, doesn't quite approve when the invader just gets up and leaves, one-two-three, like that.

Dec 11, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've just finished decoding a long letter that came from Mother this morning [. . .] surely the only woman in the world who can write a letter in invisible italics.

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Aug 02, 2013
  • Lucchesa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lucchesa thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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