Franny and Zooey - WikipediaFranny and Zooey is a book by American author J. 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. The story takes place in an unnamed college town during Franny's weekend visit to her boyfriend Lane. Disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her, she aims to escape it through spiritual means. While actor Zooey's younger sister Franny suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in their parents' Manhattan living room, leaving their mother Bessie deeply concerned, Zooey comes to Franny's aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage advice. The short story concerns Franny's weekend date with her collegiate boyfriend, Lane Coutell.
Book Review: Franny and Zooey
Thank you! Salinger's two books have created an audience which has made a fetish of every nuance of relationship to his own personal life and here -- in this cerebral exercise of the precision in communication there will be much to implement the saga. For this mirror -- held up to Franny and to her brother Zooey in a sharpening light -- reflects also their mother and their other brothers, and the two sections interlink as first Franny, and then Zooey, come into focus. For Franny, unable to make her football date understand her conversion by The Way of a Pilgrim and the Jesus Prayer, retreats to her home where Zooey moves in to her submission to her new concepts. In a series of near-monologues, which cover the freakish education of these two by their older brothers, their fame on a children's radio program, and the super-imposed intelligence and knowledge which has been their burden, Zooey re-aligns Franny's thinking and works towards a clarification that it is ""God's universe, not yours"", that there is no substitute for duty in life, and that, if it is in you to do something here it is acting then it is to be done to the utmost best.
Salinger, his later, longer stories are descending from the clouds of old New Yorkers and assuming incarnations between hard covers. These two stories--the first medium-short, the second novella- length--are contiguous in time, and have as their common subject Franny's spiritual crisis. In the first story, she arrives by train from a Smith-like college to spend the week-end of the Yale game at what must be Princeton. She and her date, Lane Coutell, go to a restaurant where it develops that she is not only unenthusiastic but downright ill. She attempts to explain herself while her friend brags about a superbly obnoxious term paper and eats frogs' legs. Finally, she faints, and is last seen lying in the manager's office silently praying at the ceiling.
I too had a bad experience with Catcher in the Rye that put me off trying any more Salinger. Maybe I will give this one a go at some point I actually liked Catcher in the Rye, which I read on my own and not for school, which sometimes makes a difference in the reading experience. Thanks for your review :. I read Catcher in the Rye as an adult, only a few ish years ago I think. I really enjoyed it.
Franny and Zooey is just pages long., I, and others, will suggest to you that, regardless of origin and intent, this volume works very well as a novel.
Thank you! In this cerebral exercise of precision in communication, is implementation to the Salinger saga. For this mirror held up to Franny and to her brother Zooey reflects also their mother and their other brothers and the two sections interlink as first Franny and then Zooey come into focus. Franny, unable to make her football date understand her new conversion, retreats to her home when Zooey moves in to dissect her submission to her new concepts. In a series of near monologues which fully cover the family background and education of these two, both work toward inner clarification. Not as effective as Catcher, this is nevertheless excellent fare for Salinger adherents which include countless young adults among them. There was a problem adding your email address.
Anyone who doubts the transformative power of literature should have a look at the comments Franny and Zooey has inspired here on the Reading group. This book has changed lives. The narrative inspired me to make the choices I subsequently took. This novel and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters are seminal works, novels for our troubled times. And the quotation from Sappho still makes the hair rise on the back of my neck. Zooey in particular amazed me — dapper, hectoring, some amalgam of Zen and street smarts — as he bore a resemblance to my elder brother, not least in his behaviour around me.