Franny and Zooey
The 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 i ...more
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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
Oh-kay. Let's break this down.
Salinger is a brilliant writer. And the first part of this two-part book is absolute perfection.
The section called "Franny" is amazing. It's about 20 percent of the book. It's a wonderful and to-the-point story about a college "girl" who becomes increasingly fed up with t ...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
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
خدایا.. واقعاً بهچنین چیزی نیاز داشتم.. چن وخته بهاینچیزا فک میکنم؟ چن وخته دغدغههام رنگ و بوی اینکتابو گرفته؟ ایناوّلین داستانی بود که از سلینجر خوندم و باید بگم خیلی، خیلی، خیلی ازش خوشم اومد. اگه همهی کتاباش همینطوریـن، محشره. با داستاناش آدمو درمان میکنه.
نکتهی حیرتانگیز داستان، اینهکه نود درصدش دیالوگه و من شخصاً اصلاً خسته نشدم با دیالوگا. اونقد طبیعی و واقعی بودن و خب روح ِ منم بهشون نیاز داش.. و چقد نویسنده صادق و روراس نوشتهشون.. شخصیّتپردازی ِ بینظیر تکتک ِ شخصیّتها ستودنیه. فرنی رو با ...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
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
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
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
Chiudo gli occhi e immagino che questa sia la stessa luce che illuminava il salotto di casa Glass.
Insomma, oggi ho deciso di canalizzare solo energia positiva!
"Voglio dire, se riesci a farti venire un collasso con tutte le tue forze, perché non puoi usare quella stessa energia per star bene e darti da fare?"
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
A sua obra é pequena mas grandiosa. Afastou-se da escrita e da vida social nos anos sessenta e o pouco que se sabe da sua vida não passa de especulação. Faleceu em 2010.
Além do romance À Espera no Centeio, escreveu novelas e contos, tendo alguns como personagens a família Glass, cujos sete irmãos são prodígios de inteligência e infelicidade...Um dos irmãos - Buddy, o escritor - é considerado, pelos estudiosos de Salinger, como o seu alter ego; outros ...more
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