Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey☁ Franny and Zooey PDF / Epub ✎ Author J.D. Salinger – Heartforum.co.uk The short story, Franny, takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her The short story, Franny, takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an Franny and PDF \ undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around herThe novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second youngest member of the Glass family As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents Manhattan living room leaving Bessie, her mother, deeply concerned Zooey comes to her aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage adviceSalinger writes of these worksFRANNY came out in The New Yorker in , and was swiftly followed, inby ZOOEY Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth century New York, the Glasses It is a long term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms On the whole, though, I m very hopeful I love working on these Glass stories, I ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all available skill.

Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his novel The Catcher in the Franny and PDF \ Rye, as well as his reclusive nature His last original published work was in he gave his last interview in Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early s before serving in World War II In he published the critically acclaimed story A Perfect Day for Bananafish in The New Yorker magazine, which became home to much of his subsequent work In Salinger released his novel The Catcher in the Rye, an immediate popular success His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around , copies a yearThe success of The Catcher in the Rye led to public attention and scrutiny Salinger became reclusive, publishing new work less frequently He followed Catcher with a short story collection, Nine Stories , a collection of a novella and a short story, Franny and Zooey , and a collection of two novellas, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour An Introduction His last published work, a novella entitled Hapworth , , appeared in The New Yorker on June , Afterward, Salinger struggled with unwanted attention, including a legal battle in the s with biographer Ian Hamilton, and the release in the late s of memoirs written by two people close to him Joyce Maynard, an ex lover and Margaret Salinger, his daughter In , a small publisher announced a deal with Salinger to publish Hapworth , in book form, but amid the ensuing publicity, the release was indefinitely delayed He made headlines around the globe in June , after 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 Salinger died of natural causes on January , , at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.

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    Franny and Zooey PDF/EPUB È Franny and PDF \ a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents Manhattan living room leaving Bessie, her mother, deeply concerned Zooey comes to her aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage adviceSalinger writes of these worksFRANNY came out in The New Yorker in , and was swiftly followed, inby ZOOEY Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth century New York, the Glasses It is a long term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms On the whole, though, I m very hopeful I love working on these Glass stories, I ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all available skill."/>
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  • 201 pages
  • Franny and Zooey
  • J.D. Salinger
  • English
  • 21 March 2019
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  1. s.penkevich says:

    I m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.The blinking cursor that preceded this review, the place holder of possibility before the big bang of creation, speaks volumes when taken in relation to J.D Salinger s exquisite Franny and Zooey In a novel about identity, about forging who we are from a blank slate in the void of society and humanity, we are constantly called to the floor and reminded how often we impose our ego, or wishes, our desires, and become a caricature of ours I m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.The blinking cursor that preceded this review, the place holder of possibility before the big bang of creation, speaks volumes when taken in relation to J.D Salinger s exquisite Franny and Zooey In a novel about identity, about forging who we are from a blank slate in the void of society and humanity, we are constantly called to the floor and reminded how often we impose our ego, or wishes, our desires, and become a caricature of ourselves hoping that by creating a fa ade self, our true self will eventually follow the leader and fill the mold we ve forged for the world to see We constantly try to pigeonhole the world on our own terms, wrongly imposing our own perspective and missing out in the beauty that flowers when we embrace anything as itself without the confines of our implied impressions This creates a highly tuned, self conscious atmosphere that makes it difficult to begin writing about without feeling like I, myself, am imposing my undeserved and unqualified ego by casting these words into the world That damned blinking cursor amidst a field of white on my screen, returning again and again after each quickly deleted early attempts, made me feel very much like Franny herself, sick of realizing that every action is an attempt at being noticed I m just sick of ego, ego, ego My own and everybody else s I m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting It s disgusting. Can I write without being a disgusting egomaniac, without imposing myself on everyone My own fears and excuses for writers block aside, Salinger perfectly focuses upon the inner crises of anyone that has truly looked themselves in the mirror and assessed both the world around them and their place in it Through a simplistic, character driven account of a family thwarted by their own crippling self awareness, Salinger crafts a flawless tale of identity and family that takes up right where he left off with Holden Caulfield where we learn not to judge those around us, but to understand and accept one another on their own terms in order to live and love I just never felt so fantastically rocky in my entire life.This novel was graciously bequeathed to me at the exact moment it was needed most With a ravenous Midwest winter providing the bleak setting to funerals and my own divorce, the existential crisis and subsequent breakdown of Franny Glass was the pure emotional catharsis that kept me positive and afloat across life s tumultuous sea Franny and Zooey is virtually Zen in novel format, and for reasons far surpassing the religious allusions that decorate the novel as well as entice readers into other spiritually gratifying books such as The Upanishads There is something eminently soothing about this Salinger tale of family, something that really struck me in the deep regions of my heart and soul, and prodded certain defining aspects of my childhood that I tend to keep from conversation Salinger s prose come across so natural and heartfelt as if he truly were Buddy himself writing the second half, and reads like a naturally talented author writing at the pinnacle of his craft The use of italics, for example, a technique exercised right up to the borderlines of overuse, is one of the many tactics Salinger applies to his literary canvas to conceive life out of a nearly plot less, introspective narrative and issuing within it a warm glow to resonate deep within the reader, lifting their spirits and calming their minds It feels like the point of conception for Wes Anderson s entire career and meant as the highest of compliments to both Anderson and Salinger , and much of the style and feel of the book touched many of the same literary emotions that stored DFW s Infinite Jest forever in my heart.Presented as two separate, yet eternally bound stories, Salinger toys with the way we craft our identity in our formative years The first story, concerning a dinner between Franny and her egotistical and stuffy collegiate clich of a boyfriend, Lane Coutell, presents Franny functioning as an independent individual in the world, a singular facet of humanity defined as Franny There is no mention of her family or her past, only details pertaining directly to her as the individual at hand However, the second story is not one of independent identity, but instead has each character represented as an individual in relation to each other as a product of a family Franny s obsession with the book, The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way, which is initially presented direct from the mouth of Franny in an attempt to portray herself as an independent identity discovering things on her own and forging beliefs untarnished by the influence of others as a book she took from her college library, is revealed in the latter story to be a book held in high regard by the eldest Glass children and borrowed by Franny from their stagnant bedroom We cannot escape our past, our family, our choices, or ourselves, and any identity we attempt to form can only become a crumbling fa ade without this depth of acceptance and awareness We are only who we are in relation to those around us, and without accepting both ourselves, and the world around us, can we become fully actualized identities.The Catcher in the Rye a book as essential to any high school literary education as vegetables to any balanced diet, gave us Holden Caulfield who put a microscope to society and exposed the bacteria of phoniness that is inherent in everyone around him Franny prescribes to this disenchanting reality as well, abandoning her laundry list of pleasures upon seeing them as merely a method of stoking her own ego She views her every possible move as just another solution towards conformity and every action as attention seekingI m not afraid to compete It s just the opposite Don t you see that I m afraid I will compete that s what scares me That s why I quit the Theatre Department Just because I m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn t make it right I m ashamed of it I m sick of it I m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody I m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash Compare this expression existential angst to the depictions of her boyfriend Lane s true nature is best examined in his juxtaposition to Franny, revealed through Salinger s ominous narration to be one constantly seeking an expression or posture to best capture the exact image of himself that he would ideally envision the world to read from himLane sat up a bit in his chair and adjusted his expression from that of all round apprehension and discontent to that of a man whose date has merely gone to the john, leaving him, as dates do, with nothing to do in the meantime but smoke and look bored, perfectly attractively bored To Lane, Franny is just an extension of his costume of attractive social veneer, a girl attractive and intelligent enough to be seen with in order for him to be viewed in high regard by his contemporaries It is the Lanes and all the section men , as Franny terms them, who areconcerned with the appearance of being a genius than actually being a geniusI m sick of just liking people I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.Where Caulfield left us in a feeling of superiority, yet devastating darkness, for recognizing the fakers and phonies around us, Zooey Glass, full of unremitting charm, tosses a spiritual life raft and allows us to recognize the beauty in the world around us In the first place, he lovingly scolds his sister, Franny, you re way off when you start railing atthingsand people instead of at yourself. We are all a part of this world, nobody is truly special and above worldly mistakes and foibles, and we are all eternally caught in a struggle of identity whether we know it or not Like the best of David Foster Wallace, this is a story about those with the mental and emotional acuity to recognize or fear that their actions and beliefs conform to the phoniness of the world regardless of how hard they try to shake it the Glass family is a family of practically card carrying MENSA members with an intellect that is not only a transcendental gift but also a hellishly weighty burden Life is a game we all must unwillingly participate in, at least to the extent that we remain alive and in the game, and we should not chastise the world and hold ourselves in too high of regard unless we really take a look at our own motives He exposes Franny s decision to follow the Pilgrim s method of finding transcendence through relentless prayer to be just another expression of the ego she finds so distasteful in others, enacting a self righteous holier than thou attitudes without actually understanding the mask she has chosen to wear Drawing upon the lessons learned from his elder brothers, Buddy and Seymour, Zooey challenges Franny to look beyond what she considers the ego half the nastiness in the world is stirred up by people who aren t using their true egos the thing you think is his ego, isn t his ego at all but some other, much dirtier, much less basicfaculty and to recognize the true beauty of everyone around her Inspired by the advice of his eldest brother, Seymour whose tragic suicide is chronicled in a short story I d proclaim as perfect, A Perfect Day for Bananafish from Salinger s Nine Stories , that even though the audience can t see them, to shine his shoes for the Fat Lady , Zooey proclaims, like a hip, 1950 s New York bodhisattva Are you listening to me There isn t anyone out there who isn t Syemour s Fat LadyIt s Christ Himself. Somehow, as if by pure magic, Salinger manages to highlight spirituality without the reader feeling like he is preaching or backhanding them with Christianity in fact, through the frequent references to many of the world s religion that wonderfully adorn the novel, the message feels entirely universal despite any religious, or even non religious, beliefs the reader brings to the table , but simply professes a triumphant message of universal love that is sure to infiltrate each and every heart To fully exist, one must accept the world for what it is, love both the blessings and blemishes, and accept objects, ideas and people on those being s own terms, as a thing in itself, instead of an imposed belief in what we think they should be We cannot infringe our ego upon the things beyond our grasp, but merely fully love them for them We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle.Essentially, this is a novel about arguments How else can we properly form an identity without our own internal arguments between our disparate ideas and ideals Religious, societal, whatever, this is a book of great minds coming together to hash out their beliefs in an effort to dig up some sort of truth that you can pocket and carry with you into the harsh weathers of reality The center piece of the book, the ever logical and too witty for his own good Zooey engaged in a shouting match with his mother, a woman with such wholesome and good natured worldly wisdom that appears as simplicity to an untrained eye, is wholly unforgettable and made of the stuff that reminds you why you so love reading books And what better way to craft a novel full of arguments that to focus it upon a family, the perfect stage for arguments that allow oneself to shed any social armor and nakedly swing their sword of beliefs and opinions Upon entering into the second story of the novel, Franny and Zooey isof less contained within the confines of the family circle, further highlighting Franny s breakdown as the collapse of a socially reinforced personality mask to reduce her to her basic and pure elements as a the youngest member of the Glass family Though Zooey has plans to meet with his television world contacts, he doesn t leave the house until he can set things right the family must be set right before the outside world can be accounted for There seems to be a belief that the family is a functioning being that outweighs that of the individual, and reinforces the family vs the outside world ideal that was idolized in the 1950 s television programs like Leave it to Beaver or even Ozzie and Harriet Family values must hold strong against a world that will rio them apart with its frightening winds Salinger, who was fully fascinated with his Glass family creation, having a file cabinet full of notes about the family and diving deep within their mechanics for much of his fiction, creates his ideal family values that must cope with worldly problems, such as Seymour s war experience and fatal struggle with PTSD, Buddy and Zooey s ongoing struggle with a entertainment worldentrenched in simple pleasures and ratings than actual intellectual merit, or even Franny s crisis with the white shoe college boys inflicting their stylized genius on those around them The Glass house is a house full of ghosts and the family must accept themselves as a product of this gene pool, as a product of the teachings bestowed upon them by their own blood, as a functioning member in not only the family but the world at large, taking all this into a catalyst for their own identity Interestingly enough, it would seem that Franny and Zooey isa book about Buddy and Seymour and their legacy than the title characters themselves It is through the youngest two Glass members that we understand the eldest two This technique of creating a penumbra effect of understanding to actualize Buddy and Seymour in the minds and hearts of the reader is fully in keeping with the idea that we can only form our identity in relation to all those around us Just as we must accept the world around us on its own terms, we must accept ourselves on our own and not based on how others will view us An artist s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else s.I am reminded of a favorite quote of mine that comes from the cathartically cantankerous with of Charles Bukowski We re all going to die, all of us, what a circus That alone should make us love each other but it doesn t We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. We cannot spend our time criticizing others, overanalyzing ever flaw and absurdity that presents itself in each face we encounter Because what is gained from this that has any merit to our finite existence We are all bumbling about trying to find our way in a world whose meaning must inherently escape us and what point would it serve anyhow if we understood life and could just simply follow the dotted line towards a perfect life This is a novel of staggering importance and cathartic power that far surpasses even the frequently touted The Catcher in the Rye Drawing a Zen like potency from the positive messages found in many of the world s religion and spiritually influential members, Salinger teaches us a valuable lesson about acceptance and identity while simultaneously preforming the luminous task of taking a near static story and plunging the reader so deep into the souls of its characters to light the literary sky with pure vitality and emotional well being that they feel as if it were they that suffered both the existential collapse and recovery upon the Glass living room couch Allow Franny to have your breakdown for you, and for Zooey to resurrect you from the calamity Allow Salinger to charm you with his perfectly crafted sentences and sage like wisdom Read Franny and Zooey and love the life you live and the world around you.5 5 This is not, however, the ideal book to read when quitting smoking Rest assured, I persevered But really, practically one cigarette or cigar is lit per page The cigars are ballast, sweetheart Sheer ballast If he didn t have a cigar to hold on to, his feet would leave the ground. Another subtle, yet incredible narrative flourish is Zooey s constant use of buddy as a term of endearment to his sister This was a nod to Jay Gatsby frequently calling others old sport in The Great Gatsby In the margins of my book, I tussled with the idea that Franny s behavior would be clinically explained as a manic episode, but embraced by a literary bent as an existential conundrum This further led to an idea that Lane, who viewed Franny s collapse from a cold, callus position of oneconcerned about having to miss the football game and having to excuse his girlfriends erratic behavior, as choosing to see the world from a scientific perspective that he thought should be devoid of emotional rationalization to avoid looking foolish, whereas Franny fully embraces emotion as a window into the soul and chooses a spiritual outlook to organize the hustle and bustle of the world in her mind The cards are stacked quite properly, I imagine against all professional aesthetes, and no doubt we all deserve the dark, wordy, academic deaths we all sooner or later die.

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  3. Lee says:

    I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I m one of those people who s read Catcher in the Rye like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve I buy into every cliche said about it it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid hero, etc I have such an emotional attachment to the book that I find it hard to tolerate much criticism of it Case in point I recently I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I m one of those people who s read Catcher in the Rye like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve I buy into every cliche said about it it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid hero, etc I have such an emotional attachment to the book that I find it hard to tolerate much criticism of it Case in point I recently came across an article written by Jonathan Yardley in 2004 for the Washington Post entitled J.D Salinger s Holden Caulfield, Aging Gracelessly One of the best quotes from the piece Rereading The Catcher in the Rye after all those years was almost literally a painful experience The combination of Salinger s execrable prose and Caulfield s jejune narcissism produced effects comparable to mainlining castor oil Ouch Double ouch because I had to look up jejune This article prompted me to delve deeper into the Salinger canon, and I resurfaced holding Franny Zooey Yardley may have prompted me to question my devotion, but this book cemented what I already knew JD Salinger is a wonderful writer and his characters are the written equivalent of crack You just can t get enough Franny Zooey is one of several books short stories written about the Glass family There are seven Glass kids, all of whom were, at various points, panelists on a radio quiz show with the best name ever It s A Wise Child Franny Zooey focuses on the two youngest siblings, hence the title, who are both in the midst of emotional and existential breakdowns Franny, away at college in Boston, has read a book called The Way of the Pilgrim, which has instilled in her an obsession with the concept of praying without ceasing Suddenly, everything around her is meaningless, she can t study or eat or sleep, and returns to New York to recouperate Zooey is a sometimes working actor, determined to help his sister.The book touches on familiar Salinger esque themes, including relgious devotion fanaticism, kids vs adults, a potentially meaningless world, etc This book explores religion in an engaging, relatable way Franny s qustions are universal and Zooey s answers are valid.Authorities on the Glass Family will appreciate the insight into the unit, particularly into eldest brothers Seymour who at that point has already committed suicide and Buddy, who narrates the story Zooey blames them for using himself and Franny as philosphical guinea pigs, pumping them full from the time they were toddlers with vast and varied dogma simply to see what would stick All of that said, I think the most important thing about this book, and all of Salinger s books, is its pure, joyful readability Franney Zooey contains passages that are absolutely HILARIOUS, specifically the extensive conversation between Zooey and his nagging mother, Bessie, that takes place in the bathroom I was laughing out loud throughout He s been called the voice of several generations, but Salinger s ability to maintain belly laugh worthy humor while touching on such dark themes might be the most notable and most underappreciated thing about him

  4. Jason says:

    If you liked Catcher in the Ryethan your average novel, then you probably have considered reading Franny and Zooey It s one of very few books that J.D Salinger wrote because he kind of turned into a weird old recluse I was really excited about reading this I expected big things Needless to say, I was very disappointed.Problem number one Zooey, who is essentially the protagonist or one of two main characters is pretty much identical to the main character from Catcher in the Rye, H If you liked Catcher in the Ryethan your average novel, then you probably have considered reading Franny and Zooey It s one of very few books that J.D Salinger wrote because he kind of turned into a weird old recluse I was really excited about reading this I expected big things Needless to say, I was very disappointed.Problem number one Zooey, who is essentially the protagonist or one of two main characters is pretty much identical to the main character from Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield And so is every other guy character in Franny and Zooey They all talk and act the same It s all Jesus Christ, goddam and you can t tell them apart.Problem number two the plot If you thought Catcher in the Rye was short on plot, check out this book NOTHING happens I mean it Nothing The first quarter of the book is just Franny sitting in a restaurant talking to her boyfriend The remaining three fourths is Zooey sitting in the bathtub talking to his mom, then getting dressed and talking to his sister in the living room That s it They don t do anything They don t go anywhere The entire book is just characters talking to each other And it s boring, pointless dialogue, too It d be one thing if they were interesting characters but they re not And all they do is smoke Every one of them They chain smoke like it s the only thing Salinger could think of to put into his novel that wasn t in quotation marks.Hmm, what can Zooey do when he s not talkingI ve got it He can smoke a cigar Brilliant More like frustrating That makes two books in a row that I ve read and been disappointed with

  5. Ben says:

    This is great it really is In many ways it s the anti Cornwell Patterson Grisham King Coben Brown Franny and Zooey isn t fast paced or plot driven it isn t thrilling in the traditional sense , and its concepts aren t surfaced based or easy to come by or even embraced by the mainstream populace , but Salinger didn t write for these people he wrote for himself and if you identified with what he wrote, good for you if not, so be it Even so, it s not flourishy or fancy there s nothing pr This is great it really is In many ways it s the anti Cornwell Patterson Grisham King Coben Brown Franny and Zooey isn t fast paced or plot driven it isn t thrilling in the traditional sense , and its concepts aren t surfaced based or easy to come by or even embraced by the mainstream populace , but Salinger didn t write for these people he wrote for himself and if you identified with what he wrote, good for you if not, so be it Even so, it s not flourishy or fancy there s nothing pretentious about it There is a general disdain for snobbery running through its veins You raved and you bitched when you came home about the stupidity of audiences The goddam unskilled laughter coming from the fifth row And that s right, that s right God knows it s depressing I m not saying it isn t But that s none of your business, really That s none of your business, Franny An artist s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else s Franny and Zooey would be have been prescient if it were written today Salinger s kooky, wacky sense of humor his accuracy with individualized thought his passion for non conformity and for the individual, are all unmatched, even today In retrospect of all we know and can now see of his time period, Salinger s poking and mocking of then current society, make Franny and Zooey seem like it was written brilliantly today Maybe it s because this book has to do with an older brother and younger sister I m an older brother , or maybe it s because I know how much some of my friends love this novel, but I felt rushes of something like nostalgia during my reading some kind of sentimentality or appreciation for my friends that love this If you think you can t get sentimental over a Salinger novel, you re obviously not part of the group that loves him you can t be And while I don t love Salinger the way some of my friends do , I sure as fuck appreciate him, and I sure as fuck had an absolute blast reading Franny and Zooey my new favorite Salinger novel Whether he s one of your favorite authors or not, if you re of the breed that can indentify with Salinger s thinking and can maybe even see some similarities between you and some of his characters you feel a love for this man

  6. Kenny says:

    I m just sick of ego, ego, ego My own and everybody else s I m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting It s disgusting This was my first real exposure to Salinger I ve made attempts in the past to read Catcher in the Rye, but I was never able to connect with it My friendSpenkyraved about Salinger s Franny and Zooey, so I decided this would be my introduction to Salinger To say I was enthralled with Salinger sI m just sick of ego, ego, ego My own and everybody else s I m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting It s disgusting This was my first real exposure to Salinger I ve made attempts in the past to read Catcher in the Rye, but I was never able to connect with it My friendSpenkyraved about Salinger s Franny and Zooey, so I decided this would be my introduction to Salinger To say I was enthralled with Salinger s writing would be an understatement My first thought upon reading the final page was finally, I finished this book It s usually not a good thing when you re relieved once you finish a book but I feel that it s different with Salinger s book This was a journey, for me and the characters, in which I and they work through problems Of course you re relieved when you find the answers at the end And, thankfully, Salinger does give answers Rather than bore you with my take on Franny and Zooey here s a description of the book by Salinger himselfFRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth century New York, the Glasses It is a long term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms On the whole, though, I m very hopeful I love working on these Glass stories, I ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all available skill These are two short stories but so closely related, Zooey a novella starts where Franny a short story ends, that it is probably better for both stories to be read together Zooey Glass and Franny Glass are brother and sister and the two youngest of seven children All of them have been on a quiz radio show A Wise Child which seems to have led to all of them having difficulty in dealing with other people Franny centers on her going to meet her boyfriend, Lane, for the weekend which turns into a disaster on the first day because she seems to be out of sorts Zooey then offers an explanation of this from the brother s perspective as she comes home to be consumed in her problems We get an insight into their history and an explanation and solution for Franny s problemPerhaps Franny was my favorite of the two, perhaps perhaps Zooey is the better of the two, perhaps I found myself often agreeing with Zooey Salenger s observations of college students and their attitudes how I miss those days are funny and also quite true He exposes the phony self congratulatory and self importance that is evenpresent now than when he wrote these works Yes, Salinger is terribly judgmental, or at least, his characters are It s that realization that no matter who you are, you are a very small piece in a much larger whole, and the need to accept that that s crushing Franny She wants to partake in the world without feeling let down with its banality It seems the challenge Salinger is putting out there for Franny to face is how to love the world for what it is without condescending to it It s a sentiment felt at one time or another by everyone with any self awareness

  7. emma says:

    me typically me after i think about the glass family me giving you the link to this full review on my blog loved this book so much I couldn t figure out what to do with myself for several hours after reading it.Logically, it seems that maybe shorter books would be harder to love You spend less time with the characters, the narrative complexity must be limited, you live in the world for a minimal amount of time.But for the past few years me typically me after i think about the glass family me giving you the link to this full review on my blog loved this book so much I couldn t figure out what to do with myself for several hours after reading it.Logically, it seems that maybe shorter books would be harder to love You spend less time with the characters, the narrative complexity must be limited, you live in the world for a minimal amount of time.But for the past few years, I ve found that I mlikely to adore short books Maybe it has something to do with the incomprehensible length of so many young adult fantasy books I ve read, which have no need or right to stretch so far past the four hundred page mark.Or maybe I m endlessly impressed by the power of some authors to touch me with the strength of their voices, their prose, their characters, their stories, in less than three hundred pages.I had fallen in love with this book, for example, within a few dozen pages.Salinger s writing is glorious, Franny and Zooey and the Glass family leap off the page, I could spend unlimited volumes sprawled in the overcrowded living room of their glamorous unusual apartment The ending hits like a physical strike I was reading of both feelings I d always had and never put into words and emotions I had never imagined.I need a modern day Frankenstein someone to wake Salinger up and tell him I need enough of the Glass family s words to spend the rest of my life with.I don t care about the ethics.Bottom line Literally no one needs me to tell them this book is amazing, but it is and I m saying it anyway this book feels like it was made for me in a lab.review to come 5 stars 30 pages in and i am already absolutely in love with franny

  8. David Schaafsma says:

    So, this semester I am teaching a course on postwar American novels I am basically a former high school English teacher who became an English educator preparing people to become English teachers themselves , and only relatively recently have been asked to teach straight lit courses at my university as I usually have taught methods of teaching classes though also YA and Graphic Novels in the past quarter century I just turned 61, and have not read many of these novels for this course for So, this semester I am teaching a course on postwar American novels I am basically a former high school English teacher who became an English educator preparing people to become English teachers themselves , and only relatively recently have been asked to teach straight lit courses at my university as I usually have taught methods of teaching classes though also YA and Graphic Novels in the past quarter century I just turned 61, and have not read many of these novels for this course for literally decades, many of them since I was in my early twenties, when they were truly identity forming for me as reader, teacher less so this because I have almost taught none of them in all my nearly forty years of teaching , and person, for sure I see them now as Great Books, but not quite in the classical canon sense, because when I think of the Canon I think of Shakespeare and Milton and not Kerouac and Heller Prior to teaching this course I thought of the period 1945 1980 as basically the Beats fifties, drugs and self and Hippies sixties and early seventies, drugs and social causes and Beyond some postmodern stuff, less chemical andfictional experimentation , basically When I first began choosing the books for this course I went to Goodreads lists and picked out maybe 75 American novels I thought were important for one reason or the other in the years 1945 1980 I knew we could only read 12 14 of them, and I knew some of them might be pretty long, so I starred ones on my list that I really wanted to re read, books I had loved, and came up with maybe 18 20 My thinking at this point was that the course would be kind of about ME, a kind of Re reading My Self course, reading as autobiography, as in What do I recall these books meant to me then, how did I understand them, and how do I read them differently now Who do I think I was then, who do I think I am now, and how did do these books figure in the process Shoshana Felman wrote a book called What Does a Woman Want Reading and Sexual Difference which among other things makes the point that with some books, they are essentially autobiographical, that we read ourselves in and through them so much that we see them as telling our own stories In her book she illustrates this by telling stories about some of her favorite books I like that Reading a book through your life, in part, with some books, at least And for the process I even have some old copies of texts with underlined passages and margin commentary from the old days Cool, right Most college courses are probably usually like that in some ways, in that they are all about the teacher s project or research or obsessions, so it wouldn t be weird for students to experience a class like that though most college English classes have nothing to do with reader response or subjective readings of texts, they are all about close readings or some postmodern theoretical frame for the reading , but I have not usually done things this way, thinking it as kind of narcissistic, so I changed my mind and did what I often do, I invited the registered students to help me choose the books About half of the students enthusiastically participated I went with their enthusiastic choices of certain books even if they were not on my primo list, though I did keep a couple from my own original list I also ended up with a couple on the final list I had never read, which is cool Oh, the list Salinger s Franny and Zooey, Nabokov s Lolita, Kerouac s On the Road, Plath s The Bell Jar, Kesey s One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, Heller s Catch 22, Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse Five, Pynchon s Gravity s Rainbow which was our last book, so we only began reading it, maybe half , Capote s In Cold Blood, and Mailer s Executioner s Song which we did not end up reading Lots of white men, you say Guilty as charged, but then a lot of male and female students helped me What follows is the first book we read in this course.Postwar Novel Story 1 Franny and Zooey is usually the book you read after you join the 60 90 million people who have read Catcher in the Rye If you hate Holden, this will end your Salinger journey, but for those of us who felt feel he speaks for us in naming all the phoniness in the world, we next read the somewhat kinder, gentler Franny and Zooey, and especially fall in love with Franny, the female Holden, a fragile, driven to nervous breakdown early twenties kid,like Holden than Zooey, Franny s somewhat harsher but alsoinsightful older brother In fact and this is a Salingerism to say things like in fact and interjections like this you see Holden and probably Salinger himself in all the Glass family suicidal Seymour Buddy, the writer recluse who retreats to the New Hampshire woods 20 something drop out, nervous breakdown actress Franny, and commercially successful but self and other loathing 25 year old Zooey No plot summary will I write, but the two separate but related stories that comprise this collection are the separately published in The New Yorker, 1955 Franny which is about a meeting with her current hilariously phony boyfriend Lane in The City, focusing on Franny in spiritual psychological crisis, and Zooey, published two years later, also in The New Yorker focusing on the family s attempts at intervention into Franny s crisis, while also addressing Zooey s very related crisis Both are kinda early twenties stuck, wondering how to live their lives with Purpose and Meaning, as I was then There s very little plot to tell even if were to try, actually most of both stories are a series of extended dialogues, broken up mainly by a lot of chain smoking, but the dialogues are amazing, sometimes exasperating in that the Glass family is pretty messed up, and self absorbed, but also sometimes quite moving in that their struggles are spiritual, in response to a messed up world, where the Glass kids find they are lost and struggling to find themselves in what Salinger and they saw as pure versions of spiritual truth such as Buddhist and Hindu notions of self lessness ideas Salinger was steeped in since the late forties until he died , which Franny finds imbedded in two books on Christ consciousness, books about a pilgrim learning the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me ,which are also books about what it means to pray without ceasing, to become prayer Christ Buddha Dharma Satori, and so on Basically the concern is how to live a life of integrity, if not quite ethical commitment Though it s stillabout self and the goal of artistic perfection Salinger wanted for himself, free of Fame and Media and Buzz than ethical commitment, though, really It s what you should do for yourself Individualism, one siren song of the fifties after all that patriotism and the war But also spirituality, after a horrific world war Back to life as usual Salinger hopes not.When I first read this book I had borrowed and still have it from the bedroom Marthena Bosch had vacated in what became my sister Shirley s house in Holland, MI Marthena was maybe fifteen years older than me, and had broken from the Dutch Reformed faith I was basically also raised in She had books on her shelf like an edited collection of The Beats, On the Road, all of Salinger, Hesse, and books on Zen Buddhism I consumed these books in the late sixties, in my late teens, and probably read Franny after Catcher in my junior or senior year in high school What political and spiritual turmoil the late sixties were for me, starting with books about race from the sixties race riots, Black Like Me, Nigger by Dick Gregory, Dr King s works, Malcolm X the women s movement I actually read Marthena s copy of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior at 16 to find out something about feminism, all this bra burning and female anger I was startled to see, and this type of person a girl that aside from my sisters and mom I had absolutely no experience with the Vietnam War I drove to Ann Arbor to encounter the SDS, Weatherman, Black Power, Marx, Mao, anti war protests, and read books on all these topics , and great psychedelic and angry and ecstatic folk rock music, always going to concerts Dylan, Joni, CSNY I had been raised to attend this very conservative Calvinist church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, going to church twice every Sunday, went to a Christian high school and Calvin College and even started out my teaching in Christian high schools, but all my teens and twenties wereabout spiritual struggle, about doubt, than pure faith, and ultimately I sought how to live a spiritual and ethical life without the shackles of Calvinist religion Or any religion, having left the church finally at 28, though at 18 I was pretty God haunted, wanting to live as Christ, which for me was something like what I learned from Franny and Zooey, to live without ego, to live for others Franny s cry against ego, ego, ego was a struggle for me because I liked acting and writing stories and getting published and had set a goal to have a book of fiction published in my twenties, and Zooey s commitment to living a life focused on perfecting a devotion not to fame but to art for him and Franny, acting, for Buddy and me, writing made sense for me I struggled with the inherently self ish nature of art writing writing fiction was really all about me in many ways versus the Dr King commitment to changing the world through teaching , and I still write and teach and try to balance these things Is it okay to write a poem about myself or would it be better to write a story about students in an urban classroom Are both okay I was struck in this present reading of the book that Salinger has two basic ghosts in the machine of his art one is the war, since he served in WW II and was part of the liberation of concentration camps and fought at D Day and other significant battles His turn to Zen and Hinduism is a turn away from the enlightenment Reason that had led to the Holocaust and Hiroshima, that Drive to Certainty that led leads to Corporate America and the Military Industrial Complex So much Darkness So he writes of Buddy s retreat from consumerism and mass media that became his own retreat, and Franny and Zooey help us see self lessness as a remedy for the madness of the world A second ghost in Salinger s work is Innocence, Beauty, something the War ended for the world in many ways, and very specifically ended for him personally when the girl he had loved at 20, 16 year old Oona O Neill, left him for Charlie Chaplin when he was abroad fighting the War Salinger is severely criticized by some for his lifelong interest in younger women, but the way I see it work out in his fiction is that young children, and maybe particularly girls, okay, come to symbolize innocence for him, beauty, things that got destroyed by the war and the adult world, generally, so in this book you see Buddy, Seymour, Zooey, all notice young girls and sort of hold them up with some frail hope as what we must in some sense hold on to innocence, I mean We got to get ourselves back to the Garden, Joni Mitchell says Holden wants to play catcher in the rye to save children from growing up and going crazy from phoniness and materialism and selfishness and Franny is just entering adulthood and is seeing the emptiness of much of the post war self absorbed world and so is Zooey who has had five years of success in it It s hard to have integrity in this world, they seem to say, and I feel the same way as I did then about this I agree with them When I first read this book I think part of my attraction to it was class envy, too I was a working class kid whose Dad worked himself to the bone every day, long days, all his life, and I wanted acontemplative, artistic live with plenty of time for reflection Franny and Zooey were messed up in certain ways, sure, but they seemed to have enough leisure to spend time talking about Big Ideas and Purpose and the Meaning of Life, and because they were educated, and in the upper middle class, they had time for that My parents and siblings were high school graduates and weren t into reading or the arts except sis Nancy, an artist or serving the world like social workers or teachers did, and like I was considering doing I knew I needed college to help me carve out a scholarly artistic life When I read Franny now I can see that class envy I had I wanted that life of privilege, though I wanted some kind of authentic spiritual life, too I was still In the Church and hoping to find a way to Be Me in it So I didn t think of the Glass family as merely rich and privileged whiny kids as many do now in reading them I saw them as having a life of ideas I wanted for myself.Now as I read Franny and Zooey again I feel a little nostalgic for the explicit struggles with faith and religion that I had then Franny s struggle makes me long for that, moves me, makes me realize my life is missing something Maybe, I think, I need a little of that praying without ceasing stuff that my friend Tony is experiencing in his Grand Rapids urban ministry Zooey inspires me to live that better spiritual life, anyway While I did not choose it, Salinger s retreat from NYC makes perfect sense to me now The struggle for Salinger and Buddy and Zooey was to live life without arrogance okay, Zooey s a little blunt and even a little mean to Bessie, and Franny, even when he is right , without being judgmental, which I find pretty difficult to do in this Tea Party world What do I learn or relearn about teaching and learning from it I relearn there s a big difference between knowledge and wisdom, and that schools generally teach the former without the latter, which is what gets us in so much Trouble I relearn that sometimes the Eastern no knowledge or unknowing would be better for us than the certainty that leads to arrogance That being good and doing good teaching and writing and art without ego if at all possible is better than any honor or award or accomplishment or even paycheck There s a Dr Tupper that teaches Franny who is actually a fraud, a fake, a pretentious academic phony Having read of him, how can I not resist being like him as I teach this class, this book I loved this book then and love it evennow as I think I understand it better It s a kind of preaching teaching book with a moral to it, but it s one I like.And what gorgeous writing there is in this book, with terrific dialogue, especially, completely convincing and real to me The Glass family is a kind of prototype for the Royal Tenenbaum family, too, in many ways, all these precocious, f ed up rich kids never really quite adjusting to the world Dealing with the madness of the world in ways that bring them close to madness My reading and teaching have come full circle back to issues of self in good ways they hadn t really seen in any focused way for decades I m glad for the trip back and forward now through the reading Oh, and I just saw the recent Salinger biography after I read it which I thought was terrible on the whole but still sometimes interesting Leave him alone, we say, it s his choice, but we still obsess about him and want to talk with him

  9. Henry Avila says:

    This is in actuality two short stories combined by the enigmatic writer to form a novel and even together not very long at that. The opening looks rather ordinary a boy waits for his girl at a train station set in the 1950 s in an unnamed city in the eastern U.S., as the unpleasant cold, winter weather freezes the college student s bones Lane Coutell is ambitious, happy, wants to make a splash in the world just the opposite of his girlfriend, Franny Frances Glass of the brilliant yet tro This is in actuality two short stories combined by the enigmatic writer to form a novel and even together not very long at that. The opening looks rather ordinary a boy waits for his girl at a train station set in the 1950 s in an unnamed city in the eastern U.S., as the unpleasant cold, winter weather freezes the college student s bones Lane Coutell is ambitious, happy, wants to make a splash in the world just the opposite of his girlfriend, Franny Frances Glass of the brilliant yet troubled large family Disillusioned by college, teachers are idiots and hypocrites, like their victim the students Only caring about themselves and lacking passion for their jobs, going through the motions and nothing acting FRANNY HAS SEEN THE LIGHT having read a book, The Way of the Pilgrim and its sequel, The Pilgrim Continues his Way by an anonymous writer a poor peasant, with a bad arm, a seeker of truth trying to find God s will from the 19th century , he wandered through massive Russia Speaking to countless people most very friendly surprisingly, monks are glad to talk about religion to the amiable pilgrim Franny becomes enad obsessed a better word by these books, carrying them around in her purse The much anticipated weekend crashes like a baseball striking a glass window pun intended Fainting spells, arguments about teachers in their respective schools, what is really important, life in general an unpleasant atmosphere.Second part Zooey, Zachary a good looking t.v actor, however not a big man at 25, five years older than his little sister pretty Franny, both are at their parents apartment in New York City He is trying to read somehow an old letter while taking a bath, mother entersZooey calls her Bessie and the father Les, former showbiz stars she is worried about Franny now sleeping on the couch in the living room, arriving a few days ago from the disastrous weekend, sick in heart and bodyBegs him to talk to her, afraid the daughter is having a nervous breakdown, the uncomfortable son agrees The siblings discuss her strange behavior she hates school, friends and professors quits acting in her college play everything is stupid, nothing matters but becomes a fanatical reader of the poor Pilgrim s thoughts about JesusSmall book with big ideas still not loved by all in truth, heavyweight or lightweight materialyou decide I myself believe it was well worth the rather confusing trip

  10. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    445 Franny And Zooey, J.D SalingerFranny and Zooey is a book by American author J D Salinger which comprises his short story Franny and novella Zooey The two works were published together as a book in 1961, having originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1955 and 1957 respectively The book focuses on siblings Franny and Zooey, the two youngest members of the Glass family, which was a frequent focus of Salinger s writings 445 Franny And Zooey, J.D SalingerFranny and Zooey is a book by American author J D Salinger which comprises his short story Franny and novella Zooey The two works were published together as a book in 1961, having originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1955 and 1957 respectively The book focuses on siblings Franny and Zooey, the two youngest members of the Glass family, which was a frequent focus of Salinger s writings 2001 1380 185 9789643055875 1386 1387 1392 20 1381 157 1383 1385 1392 9789646900400 1390 1392 223 9786001170638

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