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Franny and Zooey Paperback – January 30, 2001
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In the first story, Franny, a young college girl, arrives in New Haven (Yale) to be with her preppy and also intellectualizing boyfriend for a football weekend. They go to a cafe to have some food (and drinks and cigarettes). The story is simply the account of their talk. Salinger is one of the greatest masters of frenzied and fast dialogue, and it shows here. Franny is telling his boyfriend about all the phoniness of campus life, about the lunacy and presumptuosness of teachers and classmates. She tells him how she has read a book about a Russian monk who discovers a special Jesus prayer. If you repeat this prayer incessantly, it will become a part of you and repeat itself automatically, bringing you closer to grace and peace.Read more ›
What made Franny and Zooey more endearing to me was the family dynamics. In contrast to Catcher in the Rye's focus on Holden Caulfield's unhappiness as an individual, the nervous breakdown that Franny Glass suffers early in the story has more to do with being a member of the Glass Family than it does her individual anxieties. And unlike Holden, who is coping in the larger world, Franny suffers as a shut-in at the home she grew up in.
I believe that most people who have dealt with well meaning but misguided families will find themselves drawn toward this story. The Glass Family is one of the finest examples of a large and dysfunctional family (before it was cool to be dysfunctional), with an emotionally charged but diverse collection of grown children dealing with the complexeties of their upbringing.
The story focuses equally on Franny and her older brother Zooey. They are two youngest children in the Glass Family, raised by their parents and older siblings on vaudeville style entertainment, philosophy and intelligentsia. While Franny's breakdown seems a mystery to her and paralyzes her emotions, Zooey is pent up with anger and well too aware of the emotional wreckage their upbringing has left the Glass offspring to clean up.Read more ›
Franny and Zooey Glass are two hyper-critical, overanalytical young adults living on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Throughout the book, we watch Franny (f) go through the stages of a nervous breakdown while simultaneously turning to a phrase found in a religious book for guidance, and her older brother Zooey (m) try to help her while grappling with the same issues of modern society that she is. There is also their seemingly ignorant mother, who does nothing except agitate Zooey and pointlessly fawn over Franny, and the other members of the isolated, eclectic family.
The arc of this book is amazing. I won't give away the lesson Zooey finally is able to impart to his sister, suffice it to say that Mrs. Glass doesn't look quite so bad when the story is finished.
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Whether you liked Cather in the Rye or not, give this short book a read. It is well worth your time.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book in good shape. It's an old favorite of mine and I'm happy to re-read it.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read "The Catcher in the Rye" when I was a high school sophomore. That was the book that introduced me to J.D. Salinger and his great storytelling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by noe berengia
The most sentimental immediate timeless piece about love I have ever readPublished 1 month ago by aksparrows
These two stories are beautiful. I absolutely love Salinger and, incidentally, these are my all time favorites. The characters are complex and lovable. I don't know. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurel
MUST READ, THOROUGHLY REREADABLE BOOK BY FORGOTTEN AUTHOR SALINGERPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
"Franny and Zooey" is the story of the two youngest siblings in the Glass Family, Salinger's fictional dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Adducchio