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Franny and Zooey

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The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I'll ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published January 30th 1961 by Little, Brown and Company (Boston/Toronto)
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Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to s.p by: Poems between books on shelves
I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.

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
May 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I'm one of those people who's read "Catcher in the Rye" like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve. I buy into every cliche said about it: it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen-speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid-hero, etc. I have such an emotional attachment to the book that I find it hard to tolerate much criticism of it. Case in point: I recently ...more
This is great; it really is. In many ways it’s the anti Cornwell-Patterson-Grisham-King-Coben-Brown. Franny and Zooey isn’t fast paced or plot driven; it isn’t thrilling (in the traditional sense), and its concepts aren’t surfaced-based or easy to come by (or even embraced by the mainstream populace), but Salinger didn’t write for these people; he wrote for himself and if you identified with what he wrote, good for you -- if not, so be it. Even so, it’s not flourishy or fancy; there’s nothing pr ...more
توى يک مهمانى، در اتاقى در بسته تمامش كردم. بعد موقع برگشت، كتاب را كردم توى شلوارم و با پاى برهنه توى خيابان خلوت ساعت سه صبح قدم زدم، و به اين فكر كردم كه من دقيقاً به دنبال چى هستم؟

فرانی دختری است تحصیلکرده و باهوش (خصوصیت مشترک همه ی خانواده ی گلاس) که از قشر روشنفکر که خودش هم جزئی از آن است بیزار است، از خودشیفتگی ها و "ایگو"هاشان، از بدبینی های دائم و نمایشی شان به همه چیز، از غر زدن های ناتمام شان، و از همه ی خصوصیات دیگر نفرت انگیز این قشر. این نفرت از خود و اضطراب ها و اندوه های
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
If you liked Catcher in the Rye more than your average novel, then you probably have considered reading Franny and Zooey. It's one of very few books that J.D. Salinger wrote because he kind of turned into a weird old recluse. I was really excited about reading this. I expected big things. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
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
Michael Finocchiaro
Most people of my generation read JD Salinger's A Catcher in the Rye back in high school, were amused by it's vulgarity and forthrightness and then forgot about it. I personally haven't reread it since. Instead, for this online Yale class on US lit since 1945, I read Franny and Zooey as it is on the syllabus. It is an interesting diptych. The shorter first part has Franny Glass meeting her boyfriend Lane at Yale and going to eat before a football game (Yale-Harvard perhaps.) The boyfriend reread ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Zooey Glass was voted People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1961?

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
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mttbr-2012
"Well you are stupid Mum, you are one of the most stupid people I know, really what were you thinking when you decided to even read this for God's sake." Lights another cigarette. "I mean to say, for God's sake, it's full of this kind of histrionic dialogue with incessant overuse of italics, and the people in it don't so much speak as hold forth as if they were on the stage somewhere for God's sake, and they just go on and on about Jesus and chakras and anahata and all this goddam mystical stuff ...more
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: and she gave away the secrets of her past
Recommended to Mariel by: and she expressed herself in many different ways
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
Mike Puma
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the literarily inclined
Shelves: 2013

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)

Ahmad Sharabiani
445. Franny And Zooey, J.D. Salinger
عنوانها: فرانی و زویی؛ فرنی و زویی؛ نویسنده: جی.دی. سالینجر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه اکتبر سال 2001 میلادی
عنوان: فرانی و زویی؛ نویسنده: جی.دی. سالینجر؛ مترجم: میلاد زکریا؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، 1380؛ در 185 ص؛ شابک: 9789643055875؛ چاپ ششم 1386؛ هفتم 1387؛ یازدهم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م
عنوان: فرنی و زویی؛ نویسنده: جی.دی. سالینجر؛ مترجم: امید نیک فرجام؛ تهران، نیلا، 1381؛ در 157 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1383؛ سوم 1385؛ پنجم 1392؛ شابک: 9789646900400؛ م
David Schaafsma
So, this semester I am teaching a course on postwar American novels. If you want to take a look at my syllabus, ask. But I am basically a high school English teacher who became an English educator, and only relatively recently have been asked to teach “straight” lit courses at my university as I usually have taught methods (of teaching) classes (though also YA and Graphic Novels) in the past quarter century. I just turned 61, and have not read many of these novels for this course for literally d ...more


“I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It’s disgusting.”

This was my first real exposure to Salinger. I’ve made attempts in the past to read Catcher in the Rye but I was never able to connect with it. My friend Spenky raved about Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey,” so I decided this would be my introduction to Salinger. To say I was enthralled with Salinger’s writ
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
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone on the planet
Shelves: top-20
I swore to myself that I would write a review of this book before the end of 2010, so here goes. I should issue a warning - I'm totally stoked up on hot Jameson toddies due to this nasty cold that took over my body on Monday (recipe: ample whiskey, cloves, lemons and suagar, all of which you mash together - and this is important - BEFORE you add the hot water; then guzzle as the situation demands). But then, it was unlikely that I would ever be able to review this - one of my top 3 books of all ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmen by: Mother
Lane was speaking now as someone does who has been monopolizing conversation for a good quarter of an hour or so and who believes he has just hit a stride where his voice can do absolutely no wrong.

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
Seth T.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
I am the luckiest person in the world. The last few months have led me through an unbroken string of good books. I have had so much fun reading that I'm just in love with books right now.

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
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my midtwenties I wanted to be a writer, an exceptional writer, a writer's writer. In my midfourties I want to be a reader, an exceptional reader, a writer's reader. I want to be writers' reason to write, a source of faith to their readers, to their audience. I want to give them a reason to make that extra effort, a reason to shine their shoes.
My role model used to be Kafka. Now my role model is Seymour's Fat Lady...
Barry Pierce
Ugh I love Salinger. It's a crime that he left behind just a handful of work. This collection contains a short story (Franny) and a novella (Zooey). Both deal with typical Salingerian problems (death, grief, "what is the true meaning of life" and whatnot) and he handles them really well. His writing is nothing short of superb and flawless. I do feel that Zooey went on for a bit too long however. Spending that much time with Salinger's characters can be a bit trying (hence the universal hate of H ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Accidenti, » disse, « ce ne sono di cose belle al mondo. E quando dico belle intendo belle. Siamo degli idioti a svicolare sempre dalle cose. Sempre, sempre, sempre lì ad annotare tutti gli accidenti che capitano al nostro piccolo e schifoso io ».

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
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Yesterday was the day of Rakshabandhan, an Indian festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters, and I spent this day a few thousand miles away from my siblings. Last night I spent 2 hours at the dinner table talking to my roommate about those years when I used to celebrate Rakshabandhan at home with my sister and brother, about the years when we were growing up together. After yesterday's somewhat long dinner, I picked up Franny and Zooey from the page where I had left it t ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I lost count of the number of times I've read this little book. The first time more than forty years and then periodically every few years. I'm sixty-two-years-old today and I just realized that there will come a time when all I will want to do is re-read the books that have impacted me in some way or another. There's not much time, you know. This is a religious book written at a time much like our own when writing a book with religious themes was a risky endeavor. The author risked bein ...more
I just don’t know how I feel about Franny and Zooey. I really don’t. I read it a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t write anything about it, as I couldn’t decide if I loved it, just liked it or absolutely hated it. I can rule out hating it I suppose, as I finished it and I never finish books that I truly despise. And I don’t think I loved it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t. My overall reaction, by process of elimination, is a general ambivalence. Part of my issue here is the damn star rating. Two makes ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, young-adult
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."

* * *

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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, fiction
I'm just interested in finding out what the hell goes. I mean do you have to be a goddam bohemian type, or dead, for Chrissake, to be a real poet? What do you want — some bastard with wavy hair?

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
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خداوند قلب را نه با افکار که با دردها و تناقضات راهنمایی میکند.
دو کوساد (از متن کتاب)

بعد از هر بار خواندن کتابی که ازش عمیقا لذت میبرم، یک حسرت تازه برام شرع می کنه به چشمک زدن:
"چقدر کتاب خوب دیگه هست که تو زندگیم نخوندم، و بدون خوندن اون ها از زندگی میرم؟"

به نظرم سلینجر قبل از نویسنده بودن یک روانشناسه.
شخصیت پردازی هاش عالین و خطوط داستانی به قدری دلچسب و گیراست که به راحتی میشه زندگیشون کرد.
It’s us. We’re freaks, that’s all. We’re the Tattooed Lady, and we’re never going to have a minute’s peace, the rest of our lives, till everybody else is tattooed, too.

Franny and Zooey are both outsiders, they think one way when the rest of the world thinks another, they don’t fit. And they never will.
They’re trying to find a way to live in this selfish world, a world they just cannot stand because it goes against everything they believe in.

Franny absolutely despises the world she lives in : the
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something my Uncle Bob once told me about his days as a competitive bridge player always stuck with me. He said the further he got into it, and the more advanced the players were, the less fun it all became. I guess at some level it got to be a serious business – one where everyone wanted to show that they were as smart as or smarter than all the other laser-focused competitors. Any social element of the game was beside the point, or worse still, a distraction. J.D. Salinger’s idée fixe for many ...more
Petra X
I read this so long ago. I had enjoyed, or at least identified with, Catcher in the Rye, so I thought I would try this, which is much less known. And for good reason. I think his teenage angst had run its course and when he didn't feel it anymore he couldn't manufacture it for the book,nor transition into one more concerned with adult emotions.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول بگم که سالینجر توی مجبور کردن خواننده به خوندن چیزی که ازش چیزی نمیفهمه یا حتی لذت نمیبره استاده!! :-) اولاش اینجوری بود، بعد کمکم خوشم اومد ولی باز یه چیزایی که مربوط به آمریکاییها بود رو نمیفهمیدم. مترجم هم اصلا توضیح خاصی نداده بود. ولی در نهایت اون چیزا اهمیت نداشتن. حرف نهایی سالینجر رو دوست داشتم، آخرش از اون کتابها بود که میبندیش و لبخند میزنی و همونجوری چند دقیقهای میشینی فکر میکنی.

اینجوری :-)

زویی رو دوست داشتم. شاید به خاطر اینکه منم هیولام. دوست داشتم یه هیولا باهام حرف بزنه و یه
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