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The short story, Franny, takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her.

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 in
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Published January 30th 2001 by Back Bay Books (first published 1955)
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Margie Taylor I loved Catcher in the Rye, and love Franny and Zooey even more, reading it again so many years later. But honestly, if you hated Holden, you'll hate …moreI loved Catcher in the Rye, and love Franny and Zooey even more, reading it again so many years later. But honestly, if you hated Holden, you'll hate these two. Give it a pass :)(less)
Melanie "Franny and Zooey" was published by Little, Brown in 1961, while "Franny" appeared by itself in the New Yorker in January 1955 and "Zooey" appeared by…more"Franny and Zooey" was published by Little, Brown in 1961, while "Franny" appeared by itself in the New Yorker in January 1955 and "Zooey" appeared by itself in the New Yorker in May 1957.(less)
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Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to s.penkevich 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
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
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

“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 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
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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
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Franny and Zooey is a book by American author J. D. Salinger which comprises his short story "Franny" and novella Zooey. The two works were published together as a book in 1961, having originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1955 and 1957 respectively. The book focuses on siblings Franny and Zooey, the two youngest members of the Glass family, which was a frequent focus of Salinger's writings.

عنوانها: «فرانی و زویی»؛ «فرنی و زویی»؛ «فرنی و
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I loved this book so much I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself for several hours after reading it.

Logically, it seems that maybe shorter books would be harder to love. You spend less time with the characters, the narrative complexity must be limited, you live in the world for a minimal amount of time.

But for the past few years
Henry Avila
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is in actuality two short stories combined by the enigmatic writer to form a novel and even together not very long at that.. The opening looks rather ordinary a boy waits for his girl at a train station ( set in the 1950's) in an unnamed city in the eastern U.S., as the unpleasant cold, winter weather freezes the college student's bones. Lane Coutell is ambitious, happy, wants to make a splash in the world just the opposite of his girlfriend, Franny ( Frances) Glass of the brilliant yet tro ...more
Dave Schaafsma
So, this semester I am teaching a course on postwar American novels. I am basically a former high school English teacher who became an English educator (preparing people to become English teachers themselves), 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 ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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"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 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
Michael Finocchiaro
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: James
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I have no idea what life would be like if I were an emotionally edgy genius. Apparently the children of the Glass family, Salinger’s favorite creation, would have made a quick work out of me. You see, obviously I’m very average, the mediocrity that Franny Glass is appalled by and yet pretends - even to herself - to envy. These young people, apparently, are very much not average or mediocre.
“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else tha
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this marvellous book in the winter of 1973-74 and it marked for me a moment at which my adult intelligence was crystallized. The product was a plodding, alienated way of thinking that marked me with a modern label: a keenly sensitive existentialist.

Oh, not so sensitive as I’ve become, many, many books of life stories later.

I was still a chrysalis that hadn’t yet broken open into the world’s stark terror. Like Franny. A child of Pax Americana. Alone and isolated and struggling to come to t
Mike Puma
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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)

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
Chadi Raheb
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
اولین بار که این کتاب را خواندم بیست ساله بودم. سر یکی از این کلاس های مربوط به مزخرفات مذهبی. از همان موقع ترجیح میدادم اگر قرار به هدر دادن وقت باشد, جور بهتری هدر برود. پس سراغ یک کتاب جو زده رفتم. و از آنجایی که من و همه دوستان و همکلاسی هایم جو زده بودیم خیلی هم خوشم آمد. حال و هوای آن روزهای من, حال و هوای فرانیِ بیست ساله بود. دلزده از آدمهای نامحترم و خودبین و بادکرده از ارزشهای بی ارزش. جو زدگی طبیعی بود.

مدتی پیش در راستای پاکسازی قفسه های کتابم, خودم را از شر ترجمه اش خلاص کردم. غافل ا
Zahra saeedzade
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وقتی به یک نفر کتابهای سلینجر را معرفی می کنم و خوشش نیاید ناراحت می شوم. شاید فکر کنید شوخی ست اما کاملا جدی می گویم. نمی فهمم چرا از سلینجر خوششان نیامده نویسنده ای که به نظرم نابغه بود و به نظر خیلی های دیگر. من با کتاب های او زندگی کرده بودم و فکر می کردم هر کسی هم مثل من با خواندن یکی از کتاب هایش فقط یکی از آنها شیفته اش می شود. معمولا وقتی بخواهم معرفی اش بکنم می گویم. فقط تا سی سالگی نوشت و تا نود سالگی زندگی کرد.نابغه بود. قاتل جان لنون به هنگام شلیک گلوله یک نسخه از ناطور دشت در دست دا ...more
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Seth T.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
راه های نرفته، سعی های نکرده، حرفهای نگفته، و دنیایی که همیشه این همه براق، ردیف و بر وفق مرادمون نیست. یه جایی تو زندگی هامون هست که بالاخره با یه خلا بزرگ ذهنی و قلبی مواجه میشیم و می رسیم اول جاده ای که تهش می رسه به پوچی مطلق
خیلی ها به تهش نمی رسن البته چون اون وسط ها دست آویزهای متفاوت و رنگارنگی پیدا میکنن که مسیرشون رو به جاده های دیگه ای تغییر میده. با این وجود مابین تمام اون جاده ها و دست آویزها یکیشون هست که از بقیه وسوسه برانگیزتر و خطرناک تره... اونی که میره سراغ فلسفه و معنویات ، که
Mevsim Yenice
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Salinger’ın zekasına, dehasına hayran olmaya devam ettiren bir metin. 9 öyküdeki unutulmaz karakter Seymour Glass’ın hikayesi devam ediyor.

“Kahraman yaratmak nasıl olur?” un açılımı benim için Franny ve Zooey. İleride ara ara dönüp tekrar okuyacağımdan çok eminim.
Okuyun ve hatta okutun :)

"Ego ego ego. Bıktım usandım. Kendiminkinden de başkalarınkinden de. Bir yere varmak, farklı ve ayrıcalıklı bir şeyler yapmak, ilginç biri olmak isteyen herkesten bıktım usandım. İğrenç bir şey bu -iğrenç iğren
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
از این کتاب متنفرم..یه سطحی بودن و ضعف خاصی در سراسر جملات و دیالوگ های کتاب هست..جمله "و سیگارش را اتش زد"بار ها تکرار شده..انگار که مثلا باید حس کنی یه کرایسیس و بحران خیلی بزرگ تو وجود کاراکتر وجود داره..در حالیکه برای من شخصیت ها مقوا و پیش پا افتاده بودن..و مهم نیس چند بار جمله "و سیگارش را اتش زد"تکرار شد..هیچ تاثیری برای من نداشت..به عنوان خواننده از دور تلاش رقت انگیزی برای عمیق ساختن متن رو دیدم و با لبخند تلخی سرتکون دادم.. ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19-20-19
Sorry Salinger fans but I really did not enjoy this one.

I guess Salinger intended this book to be like a Platonic dialogue, full of profound wisdom. But instead of Franny being hectored by Zooey, reading this felt like I was being hectored by the author. The whole story is contrived, the characters are irritating & supercilious, Zooey’s ‘advice’ is condescending and actually, just terrible advice. Which would be fine if that was the point, but it felt like Salinger wants us to love Zooey, think
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