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...more
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...more
What? No, I’m kidding. Why would you have ever believed that? Did you think the magazine even existed back in ’61? Geez.
But if it did, fictional or not, Zooey could almost certainly have been a contender. And back then he would have been eligible, too. Of course, you wouldn’t get the Zooey Glass looks without a little of the Zooey Glass attitude, and are you sure you’d want to have dealt with that? It was a littl...more
The blurb above, by the author, suggests that the two ‘stories’ included in this volume are, in fact, separate stories. Wikipedia, the source of all information easily obtained, and perhaps even correct and/or true, suggests the volume contains a short story and a novella. I, and others, will suggest to you that, regardless of origin and intent, this volume works very well as a novel. Nothing I’d care to fight over, argue about, or stake reputation on, just sayin.’
In the Franny section (chapter)...more
I'll tell you one thing, Franny. One thing I know. And don't get upset. It isn't anything bad. But if it's the religious life you want, you ought to know right now that you're missing out on every single goddam religious action that's going on around this house. You don't even have sense enough to drink when somebody brings you a cup of consecrated chicken soup- which is the only kind of chicken soup Bessie ever brings to anybody around this madhouse. So you just tell me, just tell me, buddy. E...more
And isn't that the way it should be?
In any case, Salinger's Franny and Zooey is the most recent in what I hope will be a continuing tradition of engaging, well-written stories. I have to admit I approached the work with some skepticism, having been wholly uninterested in Catcher in the Rye when it was forced up...more
Edited to include visual: "Disaffected Young Adult," which is a picture of MFSO, used with his permission, with the following explanation (in his words): "I refer to it [the picture:] as 'Too Much Fun' and that it's from the end of my first year in college in the summer of 2004 while in the midst of three days with no sleep or food and a lot of chemicals."
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As a former Salinger aficionado, I wanted to look back and consider how I felt about Salinger now.
In Salinger’s two-part novel, Franny an...more
Capitano, talvolta, degli incidenti straordinari. Tu sei lì con la guardia abbassata, a carezzare il tuo piccolo e schifoso io, e d’un tratto le parole giuste ti cascano tra capo e collo come una secchiata d’acqua fredda (o meglio, come un confortant...more
Franny and Zooey appeared on my bookshelf thanks to my well-read boyfriend, who did not let the public school system get to him in the way it got to m...more
Here we've got a pair of beautiful goddamned crises of the ego. It's easy to talk about Salinger like he's a period piece, like Norman Rockwell, greasers, or car fins, but he's really good and rhythmic here, with foaming mad dialogue and fearful trembling neurotics.
Salinger seems to me to be one of the ma...more
Ten days after having finished reading this mysterious object of a "book", I am still at a loss to find words that can actually explain what it is exactly that I felt while reading this most puzzling piece of writing.
Its melancholy and elegance were only matched by its mannerisms and lack of focus. I still have absolutely no idea what it was trying to achieve or even what it was trying to say. As much as I enjoyed being suffused in its delicate atmosphere, I was also mostly gasping for air, for...more
Franny: I can't think of thirty or so pages as evocative and haunting as you unable to shut out all the static. Zooey showing you how, somehow through all of his own static, is the greatest act of love.
This novel is very special. I dropped it like...more
And if you go into the theatre, will you have any illusions about that? Have you ever seen a really beautiful production of, say, The Cherry Orchard? Don't say you have. Nobody has. You may have seen "inspired" productions, "competent" productions, but never anything beautiful. Never one where Chekhov's talent is matched, nuance for nuance, idiosyncr...more
Okay lets start from the beginning I...more
1-44 Franny and her boyfriend, Lane in a restaurant. Fanny not feeling well and fainted. Lane cancelled the sports event they're supposed to attend to take care of Franny.
45-119 Zooey, Franny's older brother, is taking a bath while his mother, Bessie is telling him that he is taking so long. They are arguing about trivial matters. Zooey is so disrespectful to his mother as he calls her by her first name and he curses big time. Samples on how he talks to his mother:
"Who the hell said it's g...more
Il libro parla di due giovani, Franny e Zooey, ultimi di sette fratelli della famiglia Glass. Tutti e sette i fratelli hanno avuto un’infanzia particolare; essendo molto intelligenti...more
Si può scrivere a lungo su questo breve romanzo diviso in due parti, come due racconti separati, intitolati a ciascuno dei due fratelli minori della famiglia Glass, la bellissima e fragile Franny e l’altrettanto bellissimo Zooey; si può dire che è un libro senza trama, tutto dedicato a far conoscere i due personaggi e indirettamente la famiglia Glass, una qualunque famiglia americana eppure diversa da tutte le altre; si può dire che le pagine scritte da Salinger sono poesia, che...more
What an incredibly dysfunctional, crazy family! Thank you Glass family,...more
one - the thoughts in this book make it exciting to read. i agree with most everything zooey has to say, and i appreciate having a chance to see a few things from a new perspective. the beginning was far more exciting before we spent another two hundred pages discussing the same ideas to death. all in the name of making us understand f+z a little better? maybe.
two - i read fiction for characters. i get attached to them....more
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