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message 1: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen You're talking absolute rubbish. You obviously subscribe to the theory that unless there are explosions, nothing is happening. Salinger is all about exploring relationships and the volumes that are spoken through nuance. I can't believe you say, "Nothing Happened", like they were supposed to have crossed the Sahara or swung from chandeliers to have accomplished something. That alone, a good story does not make. I feel sorry that you could not grasp the subte brilliance and depth of these stories.

message 2: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Hallelujah! A kindred spirit. "Franny and Zooey" is a literary work, not a commercial novel, so of course it's going to be heavy on character and short on plot. But that doesn't mean it has to be devoid of a single significant event! Jason is absolutely right. The endless talking about NOTHING got so old, I was foolish to perservere to the end. In fact, I just say a hearty "Amen!" to everything Jason said in his review. I'm sure we both feel sorry we couldn't grasp "the subtle brilliance and depth of these stories," because then maybe reading them wouldn't have been such a waste of time.

message 3: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Whatever floats your boat. It's not like I was singing the praises of Seymour: An Introduction, or something daft like that. I still think it's rather harsh words (waste of time, foolish to persevere) for two stories that definately have their moments. I personally found Zooey's exchange with his mother whilst in the bath quite engaging.

message 4: by Darren (new)

Darren You should read Michael Crichton instead.

message 5: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Holy jumping to conclusions, Batman. Just because I didn't enjoy one literary novel doesn't mean I don't appreciate good writing. For me, personally, this book didn't do much. I never said it was wholly wihtout merit (read my review) or that it needed chandelier swinging to be enjoyable. But the relationships, communication, and philosophical questions were just not engaging for me. Don't be so quick to judge a reader by a single book they liked or disliked (Mr. Harry Potter).

message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel That WAS the plot... I and I loved it.

message 7: by Ally (new)

Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & Franny and Zooey is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...


message 8: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Delancey Ah I completely agree. I loved loved loved Catcher in the Rye... but Franny and Zooey took me so long to get through. An entire page describing what was in the medicine cabinet... come on!

message 9: by Missy (new)

Missy I think you can only really appreciate this novel if you're going through the same sort of crisis Franny and earlier on Zooey went through. Though they talk the same all the men, besides the brothers to some degree, are completely different. The relationships between all the Glass' is beautiful and the way J.D. Salinger can perfectly and subtly show you all the complex dimensions within them is amazing. If the 20s are the 50s then Fitzgerald is Salinger, and nothing exemplifies that statement more than Franny and Zooey.

Maybe if you can't quite understand you are Seymour's Fat Lady, and Ah buddy you know who you are. :)

message 10: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Maggie Jane wrote: "Ah I completely agree. I loved loved loved Catcher in the Rye... but Franny and Zooey took me so long to get through. An entire page describing what was in the medicine cabinet... come on!"

Exactly! I can see where J.D. Salinger is trying to go with this and I just don't care.

message 11: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo man I don't agree 100% of what you said but it made me laugh a lot! keep it up!

message 12: by Amy (new)

Amy Arsenault I was going to read this book until I read your review mixed with remember how much I couldn't stand Catcher in the Rye (it was so boring and redundant). Thanks for saving me from another boring story! I found your review very useful.

message 13: by Amy (new)

Amy Arsenault *remembering

message 14: by Adriana (new)

Adriana Makes me wonder if I should even bother finishing. I'm more than halfway, and I'm having a tough time empathizing with anyone.

message 15: by Robin (new)

Robin What's with these comments suggesting that you don't get literary fiction if you don't like this book. Come now. That's a bit of a broad swoop.

message 16: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Just for fun, read Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place".

message 17: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Burton As stand alone works, I might agree that none are fantastic, but after reading all his stories on the Glass family, I was blown away.

message 18: by Alison (new)

Alison M I loved it, but I was also amused by how much the entire family smoked. Geez!

message 19: by Emily (new)

Emily DeMaioNewton I have to say, when I was reading this the voice was very much like that of Holden... ;)

message 20: by Kelli (new)

Kelli Read it again. And then again. And then again. There will be some point in your life that it will become incredibly dear to you. You just have to be at that right point of your life for it to take hold.

message 21: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Carboni Monesi You're clearly not able to infer, or you are a prince!

message 22: by Pam (new)

Pam Burzynski Jason, I agree with you 100%. It's not even worth me writing a review because you said exactly what I would have said only better. I trust in reviews to lead me to books I will like, but in this case I just don't get it--and I read a lot of the glowing reviews.

I just read Catcher in the Rye for the first time and thought it was brilliant, and was eager to read F&Z....totally disappointed, couldn't even get through it. I should follow you since are sentiments here are identical

message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever gone through existential and spiritual crisis, as well as for those who want to understand those who have gone through existential and spiritual crisis and either went on living or committed suicide. I suppose not everyone has had their world turned upside down, and have experienced a lack of meaning, existential angst and despair, Weltschmerzen, religious doubt, or have contemplated becoming a monk, committing suicide, wandering the world in search of religious or spiritual Truth, converting to a religion different from one's birth religion, or questioned everything they were raised on, but for those have, Franny and Zooey's experiences, as well as those of their brother Seymour, will seem like familiar territory.

message 24: by Josh (new)

Josh Zooey isn't anything like Holden, sans their vocabulary. At least in my opinion.

message 25: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Doyle This guy is a dope. I'm sure he shits on Caron McCullers as well.

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