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Franny and Zooey (1961)

by J. D. Salinger

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Series: Glass Family (2)

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Meet Franny and her younger brother, Zooey, in two Salinger stories.
  1. 40
    Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger (kxlly)
  2. 10
    The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt (girlunderglass)
    girlunderglass: More child prodigies one falls head over heels with.
  3. 10
    Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger (charlie68)
    charlie68: Maybe read this one before,some of the plot will be better understood.
  4. 11
    Summer Crossing by Truman Capote (ashleylauren)
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If you like his other Glass family stories, then you'll probably enjoy the two in this volume. I preferred the first story ("Franny") over the second, but the second picks up where the first leaves off, so the book is almost like a novel. ( )
  gtross | Jun 27, 2022 |
I read Franny and Zooey in school; I think I was about 13 or 14, and it must have been on a reading list in English class; I am sure we didn't read it as a class or I would have understood it properly. As it was, I was totally seduced by it and wanted to be Franny.
Some 55 years later I am Zooey, or some aspects of him, particularly his cynicism, but what I'm not sure he realized (though I am sure Salinger did) was that he tended to be exactly what he despised. But maybe he did.
There is so much about the book left unsaid that it's almost annoying, but the description of the time and the caricatures of people were pretty much spot on. I think I would really like to know if Salinger himself was as affected as his characterizations.
This is no kind of review but I can't do better with it. I will say that I know why it's no longer on reading lists in high school - I can't imagine any of the teenagers I know being able to relate to it in any way. ( )
1 vote LeslieHolm | May 19, 2022 |
This was very popular w/ the literate oddballs when I was in high school. I still see Salinger's name pop up here on GoodReads amongst my younger friends so I reckon he's still popular. That's a bit odd to me b/c I so strongly associate him w/ a particular time. What was this about? A brother & sister living w/ their mom & the good-natured squabbling amongst them? No wonder I related - except for the good-natured part. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
There is no mistake, Franny and Zooey is a Salinger book - made up of two short stories, "Franny" and "Zooey" (the latter, however, uses the term short rather loosely). And the book does involve familiar Salinger ideas: Phonies and the rich, privileged kids who hate them. The stories focus on the younger siblings of the Glass family. Franny being the youngest and Zooey being the youngest male. While little detail is revealed about her familial life in the short story named after her, Franny appears in "Zooey" to shed some light on the details of her story. I'm not impressed. I don't even know how I got around to completing the book. Determination, I suppose. ( )
  ennuiprayer | Jan 14, 2022 |
Franny: Of little interest except as a prologue to the following.

Zooey: As far as I'm concerned, after Seymour: An Introduction the second best thing Salinger wrote. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Dec 30, 2021 |
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J. D. Salingerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Böll, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Böll, HeinrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schönfeld, EikeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As nearly as possible in the spirit of Matthew Salinger, age one, urging a luncheon companion to accept a cool lima bean, I urge my editor, mentor and (heaven help him) closest friend, William Shawn, genius domus of the New Yorker, lover of the long shot, protector of the unprolific, defender of the hopelessly flamboyant, most unreasonably modest of born great artist-editors, to accept this pretty skimpy-looking book.
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Franny: Though brilliantly sunny, Saturday morning was overcoat weather again, not just topcoat weather, as it had been all week and as everyone had hoped it would stay for the big weekend - the weekend of the Yale game.
Zooey: The facts at hand presumably speak for themselves, but a trifle more vulgarly, I suspect, than facts even usually do.
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Then, like so many people, who, perhaps, ought to be issued only a very probational pass to meet trains, he tried to empty his face of all expression that might quite simply, perhaps even beautifully, reveal how he felt about the arriving person.
I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
The Glasses' living room was about as unready to have its walls repainted as a room could be.
The little girl on the plane
who turned her doll's head around to look at me
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The little girl on the plane
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Editions: 0316769495, 0316769029, 0316769541

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