Franny And Zooey

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1991

byJ.D. SalingerAs told byJ.d Salinger

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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 bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.

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In the toils of the Glass family and their utilitarian lifestyle lay two children. Franny is the youngest, away at school and slowly giving into doubts about the meaning of life. She becomes obsessed with a book that prompts her to pray away the ills of her life, only to fall victim to a nervous breakdown. Back at home, Zooey, the elde...

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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...

More than 20 years of seclusion and silence have taken their toll on J. D. Salinger's literary reputation, but the impact made by The Catcher in The Rye (1951) and the Glass family stories was deep enough to make a lasting impression and to assure his continued readership. Salinger was born in New York City of Jewish and Scottish-Irish...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.75 × 4.75 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Little, Brown And Company

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ISBN - 10:0316769495

ISBN - 13:9780316769495

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books of all time I love the way salinger writes. This is his, in my opinion, best book. You get to feel like you're there and Salinger builds your understand the characters in such a great way that you feel extremely close to them. The story captured me from the first part all the way through to the end. Although at points it felt mundane, as i continued reading I fell inlvoe with it. Ihis book is my second favourite book following The Picture of Dorian Grey. a fantastic must read novel. short and sweet.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So profound! I feel Franny and Zooey isn't really read unless it is analyzed with justice to the great amount of depth it possesses. Overall an incredible book, the ending was just darling and so very satisfying. If you havent already, give this book a read for all its ingeniousness.
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Personal Favourite Ever since I participated in a novel study of Catcher in the Rye in my grade 10 AP English class, J.D. Salinger has been on my mind. His book greatly impacted me, and I finally got around to adding this one to my ever-growing reading list. This book is written in the form of two short stories brought together; both separately published by the new Yorker in the latter half of the 50s. At first, Franny and Zooey is a little hard to get into. It's written similarly to Catcher, in Salinger's typical stream-of-consciousness style. There aren't a lot of characters, and there isn't a lot of plot, but the book nonetheless remains stunning. At the surface, the text is seemingly meaningless, but if we dig a little deeper, we can begin to understand the underlying religious context. The entire novel is an illustration of one's spiritual journey; Franny is trying to get on the same level as her suicidal brother by becoming closer to God. Describing the text as "deep" is an understatement. In order to fully appreciate this book, you have to be willing to appreciate J.D's unique writing style. This book has become a personal favourite, and I would recommend it to anyone who is has a love of literature.
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I read this because I felt like I should - sort of in an effort to incorporate more classics into my library. But I have to admit - as much as I wanted to really like this, I just didn't get it. It didn't do it for me. I can understand how some people could be moved by it, and how there is lots of underlying depth to it. But I wasn't feeling exceptionally analytical when I read it, and if you plan to read it at face value, it feels like it's missing something. For those who like a "thinker", this one is for you!
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Really good, with a much more positive outlook on life than The Catcher in the Rye.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely Profound. For those of you who LOVED Catcher in the Rye, this book was not up to par by those standards, yet, a great read. Franny & Zooey was a novel about the relationship between a brother and sister Franny (sister) and Zooey (actually Zachary, brother) They were born into fame because of their older siblings status on the radio show "It's a Wise Child" - they blamed their past and their older siblings for their strange outlooks and perspectives on everything. This novel felt more like a short story to me because it was such a small read, but it was very profound and the ideas that were incorporated in the novel really got me thinking on a different and unexposed level. They had much character depth, just as the catcher in the rye, but this was not just focused on one character, hense, franny AND zooey. If you did not enjoy catcher in the rye, because i have found you either love that book - or hate it, well if you did not like it, do not read Franny & Zooey, because it really has the same type of idea to it. Not much of a plot in this novel, it was more focused on conversation and character analysis. Somewhat humourus, not as funny as catcher in the rye, still, a chuckle here and there. Overall, just a profound insight on life, religion and conformity. Salinger continuously broadens my horizons on these concepts, a very captivating read.
Date published: 2009-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. I first read this book fresh off of falling in love with Catcher in the Rye. I read 'Franny' and enjoyed it. An interesting short story. (3.5 stars I guess) But I just couldn't get through 'Zooey'. I finally managed several years later and it was not worth it. I just found that it dragged too much. It could've easily been 50 pages shorter. I would say if you haven't gotten into it after the first 10 pages, give up!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Dissapointed After reading the customer reviews i was very eager to read this novel but felt it was absolutly terrible... nothing caught my interest at all it was worse than catcher in the rye!
Date published: 2005-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING this book is a must read. i don't even know how to describe it. I tell everyone i know to read it, because i couldn't put it down. and when i finished reading it, the feelings and thought just stayed with me. it's my favourite book. i know it sounds cheesy, but it seriously made me smile on the inside. if you thought the catcher in the rye was depressing this is the opposite, it fills you with hope, in a very real way - a way that only Salinger could achieve! so good. just so good.
Date published: 2005-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dig deep. I don't feel qualified in the first place to write a review for such an author, but I will simply suggest that people should read this book. An excellent story with an ending that left me feeling almost as relieved and uplifted and as high as Franny. It's the kind of book that stays on your mind for days after you've closed it, then forces you to re-read it several times. Profound truth is embedded here.
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hold on just a sec... This book is terrific (so far). Salinger has an unmistakable voice that seems incredibly real. Makes ya think...
Date published: 1999-08-17

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In the toils of the Glass family and their utilitarian lifestyle lay two children. Franny is the youngest, away at school and slowly giving into doubts about the meaning of life. She becomes obsessed with a book that prompts her to pray away the ills of her life, only to fall victim to a nervous breakdown. Back at home, Zooey, the eldest brother in the family of seven, is worried sick over the state if his little sister. He is all too familiar with the way she feels, so much so that he feels impelled to explain to her the alienation as he tries to bring her around with a virtuous lecture on life. J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey is a keen take on life from two mutated perspectives. At once dark and witty, it's as provocative as it is entertaining.