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Franny and Zooey Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1991
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Volume containing two interrelated stories by J.D. Salinger, published in book form in 1961. The stories, originally published in The New Yorker magazine, concern Franny and Zooey Glass, two members of the family that was the subject of most of Salinger's short fiction. Franny is an intellectually precocious late adolescent who tries to attain spiritual purification by obsessively reiterating the "Jesus prayer" as an antidote to the perceived superficiality and corruptness of life. She subsequently suffers a nervous breakdown. In the second story, her next older brother, Zooey, attempts to heal Franny by pointing out that her constant repetition of the "Jesus prayer" is as self-involved and egotistical as the egotism against which she rails. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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You might think it's just some dissatisfied 20 something year old's view on life. But it is so much more. Keep reading. For goodness sake, just keep reading for the fat lady.
Franny: Young Franny Glass has a terrible time visiting her long distance boyfriend.
Zooey: The youngest two Glass children discuss theology, their irritability with others, and the beauty of all things.
Salinger's best can be found in "Franny and Zooey."
Sure, Franny is a histrionic drama-queen, and Zooey is a megalomaniacal, friendless jerk, who treats everyone around him as second-rate, but by the book's end, you understand how their childhoods (or lack thereof) have molded them this way.
Franny has a sort of nervous breakdown, and she decides that reciting "The Jesus Prayer," as prescribed in a little book called "Journey of the Pilgrim," will eventually grant her peace. Her know-it-all brother, Zooey, lays into her, telling her that if she's going to pray "The Jesus Prayer," she needs to understand who Jesus was, and not picture Him as St. Francis of Assisi, somebody's grandmother, and their dead eldest brother, Seymour, rolled up into one. There are lots of philosophies and religious doctrines batted around, but it all boils down to a difficult brother caring for his difficult sister.
I've read this book ten times, at least, and the most satisfying have been when I read all the Zooey lines aloud. (Yes, this must confuse the hell out of my neighbors, but the dialogue is so strong and rich, that it cries out to be heard and spoken, not just read silently.)
Try "Franny and Zooey." If you can forgive the two title characters, you'll find a rich and rewarding read.
Later on in my life, when I was just out of college, my best friend Keith gave me a copy of "Franny and Zooey." He and I often talked about what we wanted out of life. As it turned out this book provided wonderful food for thought and further discussions. It also was a great introduction to other members of the Glass Family and to other stories by Salinger in which they are featured.
Salinger had the ability to write descriptively with an economy of expression and to infuse his characters with enormous sympathy. From the very first scene in the bathroom I immediately identified with Zooey (whose physical attractiveness, intelligence and impatience made me see myself in him). The dialogues have a wonderful humorous quality and they provide a clever device to slide in deeper philosophical insights.
I got this book so that I can give it to my nephew who is the age when he is searching for ultimate meanings. I think that he will find a lot here to like.
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