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  1. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobodyThe blinking cursor that preceded this review the place holder of possibility before the big bang of creation speaks volumes when taken in relation to JD Salinger’s exuisite 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 ourselves hoping that by creating a façade self our true self will eventually follow the leader and fill the mold we’ve forged for the world to see We constantly try to pigeonhole the world on our own terms wrongly imposing our own perspective and missing out in the beauty that flowers when we embrace anything as itself without the confines of our implied impressions This creates a highly tuned self conscious atmosphere that makes it difficult to begin writing about without feeling like I myself am imposing my undeserved and unualified ego by casting these words into the world That damned blinking cursor amidst a field of white on my screen returning again and again after each uickly deleted early attempts made me feel very much like Franny herself sick of realizing that every action is an attempt at being noticed 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 Can I write without being a disgusting egomaniac without imposing myself on everyone? My own fears and excuses for writers block aside Salinger perfectly focuses upon the inner crises of anyone that has truly looked themselves in the mirror and assessed both the world around them and their place in it Through a simplistic character driven account of a family thwarted by their own crippling self awareness Salinger crafts a flawless tale of identity and family that takes up right where he left off with Holden Caulfield—where we learn not to judge those around us but to understand and accept one another on their own terms in order to live and love I just never felt so fantastically rocky in my entire lifeThis novel was graciously beueathed to me at the exact moment it was needed most With a ravenous Midwest winter providing the bleak setting to funerals and my own divorce the existential crisis and subseuent breakdown of Franny Glass was the pure emotional catharsis that kept me positive and afloat across life’s tumultuous sea¹ Franny and Zooey is virtually Zen in novel format and for reasons far surpassing the religious allusions that decorate the novel as well as entice readers into other spiritually gratifying books such as The Upanishads There is something eminently soothing about this Salinger tale of family something that really struck me in the deep regions of my heart and soul and prodded certain defining aspects of my childhood that I tend to keep from conversation Salinger’s prose come across so natural and heartfelt as if he truly were Buddy himself writing the second half and reads like a naturally talented author writing at the pinnacle of his craft The use of italics for example a techniue exercised right up to the borderlines of overuse is one of the many tactics Salinger applies² to his literary canvas to conceive life out of a nearly plot less introspective narrative and issuing within it a warm glow to resonate deep within the reader lifting their spirits and calming their minds It feels like the point of conception for Wes Anderson’s entire career and meant as the highest of compliments to both Anderson and Salinger and much of the style and feel of the book touched many of the same literary emotions that stored DFW’s Infinite Jest forever in my heartPresented as two separate yet eternally bound stories Salinger toys with the way we craft our identity in our formative years The first story concerning a dinner between Franny and her egotistical and stuffy collegiate cliché of a boyfriend Lane Coutell presents Franny functioning as an independent individual in the world a singular facet of humanity defined as Franny There is no mention of her family or her past only details pertaining directly to her as the individual at hand However the second story is not one of independent identity but instead has each character represented as an individual in relation to each other—as a product of a family Franny’s obsession with the book The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way which is initially presented—direct from the mouth of Franny in an attempt to portray herself as an independent identity discovering things on her own and forging beliefs untarnished by the influence of others—as a book she took from her college library is revealed in the latter story to be a book held in high regard by the eldest Glass children and borrowed by Franny from their stagnant bedroom We cannot escape our past our family our choices or ourselves and any identity we attempt to form can only become a crumbling façade without this depth of acceptance and awareness We are only who we are in relation to those around us and without accepting both ourselves and the world around us can we become fully actualized identitiesThe Catcher in the Rye a book as essential to any high school literary education as vegetables to any balanced diet gave us Holden Caulfield who put a microscope to society and exposed the bacteria of ‘phoniness’ that is inherent in everyone around him Franny prescribes to this disenchanting reality as well abandoning her laundry list of pleasures upon seeing them as merely a method of stoking her own ego She views her every possible move as just another solution towards conformity and every action as attention seeking I'm not afraid to compete It's just the opposite Don't you see that? I'm afraid I will compete — that's what scares me That's why I uit the Theatre Department Just because I'm so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else's values and just because I like applause and people to rave about me doesn't make it right I'm ashamed of it I'm sick of it I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody I'm sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash Compare this expression existential angst to the depictions of her boyfriend Lane's true nature is best examined in his juxtaposition to Franny revealed through Salinger’s ominous narration to be one constantly seeking an expression or posture to best capture the exact image of himself that he would ideally envision the world to read from him Lane sat up a bit in his chair and adjusted his expression from that of all round apprehension and discontent to that of a man whose date has merely gone to the john leaving him as dates do with nothing to do in the meantime but smoke and look bored perfectly attractively bored To Lane Franny is just an extension of his costume of attractive social veneer a girl attractive and intelligent enough to be seen with in order for him to be viewed in high regard by his contemporaries It is the Lanes and all the ‘section men’ as Franny terms them who are concerned with the appearance of being a genius than actually being a genius I'm sick of just liking people I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respectWhere Caulfield left us in a feeling of superiority yet devastating darkness for recognizing the fakers and phonies around us Zooey Glass full of unremitting charm tosses a spiritual life raft and allows us to recognize the beauty in the world around us ‘ In the first place’ he lovingly scolds his sister Franny ‘ you’re way off when you start railing atthings and people instead of at yourself’ We are all a part of this world nobody is truly special and above worldly mistakes and foibles and we are all eternally caught in a struggle of identity whether we know it or not Like the best of David Foster Wallace this is a story about those with the mental and emotional acuity to recognize or fear that their actions and beliefs conform to the phoniness of the world regardless of how hard they try to shake it; the Glass family is a family of practically card carrying MENSA members with an intellect that is not only a transcendental gift but also a hellishly weighty burden Life is a game we all must unwillingly participate in at least to the extent that we remain alive and in the game and we should not chastise the world and hold ourselves in too high of regard unless we really take a look at our own motives He exposes Franny’s decision to follow the Pilgrim’s method of finding transcendence through relentless prayer to be just another expression of the ego she finds so distasteful in others enacting a self righteous holier than thou attitudes without actually understanding the mask she has chosen to wear Drawing upon the lessons learned from his elder brothers Buddy and Seymour Zooey challenges Franny to look beyond what she considers the ego—’ half the nastiness in the world is stirred up by people who aren’t using their true egosthe thing you think is his ego isn’t his ego at all but some other much dirtier much less basic faculty’—and to recognize the true beauty of everyone around her Inspired by the advice of his eldest brother Seymour whose tragic suicide is chronicled in a short story I’d proclaim as perfect A Perfect Day for Bananafish from Salinger’s Nine Stories that even though the audience can’t see them to shine his shoes ‘ for the Fat Lady’ Zooey proclaims like a hip 1950’s New York bodhisattva Are you listening to me?There isn’t anyone out there who isn’t Syemour’s Fat Lady It’s Christ Himself’ Somehow as if by pure magic Salinger manages to highlight spirituality without the reader feeling like he is preaching or backhanding them with Christianity in fact through the freuent references to many of the world’s religion that wonderfully adorn the novel the message feels entirely universal despite any religious or even non religious beliefs the reader brings to the table but simply professes a triumphant message of universal love that is sure to infiltrate each and every heart To fully exist one must accept the world for what it is love both the blessings and blemishes and accept objects ideas and people on those being's own terms as a thing in itself instead of an imposed belief in what we think they should be We cannot infringe our ego upon the things beyond our grasp but merely fully love them for them We are all four of us blood relatives and we speak a kind of esoteric family language a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circleEssentially this is a novel about arguments How else can we properly form an identity without our own internal arguments between our disparate ideas and ideals? Religious societal whatever this is a book of great minds coming together to hash out their beliefs in an effort to dig up some sort of truth that you can pocket and carry with you into the harsh weathers of reality The center piece of the book the ever logical and too witty for his own good Zooey engaged in a shouting match with his mother a woman with such wholesome and good natured worldly wisdom that appears as simplicity to an untrained eye is wholly unforgettable and made of the stuff that reminds you why you so love reading books And what better way to craft a novel full of arguments that to focus it upon a family the perfect stage for arguments that allow oneself to shed any social armor and nakedly swing their sword of beliefs and opinions? Upon entering into the second story of the novel Franny and Zooey is of less contained within the confines of the family circle further highlighting Franny’s breakdown³ as the collapse of a socially reinforced personality mask to reduce her to her basic and pure elements as a the youngest member of the Glass family Though Zooey has plans to meet with his television world contacts he doesn’t leave the house until he can set things right; the family must be set right before the outside world can be accounted for There seems to be a belief that the family is a functioning being that outweighs that of the individual and reinforces the family vs the outside world ideal that was idolized in the 1950’s television programs like Leave it to Beaver or even Ozzie and Harriet Family values must hold strong against a world that will rio them apart with its frightening winds Salinger who was fully fascinated with his Glass family creation having a file cabinet full of notes about the family and diving deep within their mechanics for much of his fiction creates his ideal family values that must cope with worldly problems such as Seymour’s war experience and fatal struggle with PTSD Buddy and Zooey’s ongoing struggle with a entertainment world entrenched in simple pleasures and ratings than actual intellectual merit or even Franny’s crisis with the ‘ white shoe college boys’ inflicting their stylized genius on those around them The Glass house is a house ‘ full of ghosts’ and the family must accept themselves as a product of this gene pool as a product of the teachings bestowed upon them by their own blood as a functioning member in not only the family but the world at large taking all this into a catalyst for their own identity Interestingly enough it would seem that Franny and Zooey is a book about Buddy and Seymour and their legacy than the title characters themselves It is through the youngest two Glass members that we understand the eldest two This techniue of creating a penumbra effect of understanding to actualize Buddy and Seymour in the minds and hearts of the reader is fully in keeping with the idea that we can only form our identity in relation to all those around us Just as we must accept the world around us on its own terms we must accept ourselves on our own and not based on how others will view us An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection and on his own terms not anyone else'sI am reminded of a favorite uote of mine that comes from the cathartically cantankerous with of Charles Bukowski We're all going to die all of us what a circus That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities we are eaten up by nothing We cannot spend our time criticizing others overanalyzing ever flaw and absurdity that presents itself in each face we encounter Because what is gained from this that has any merit to our finite existence? We are all bumbling about trying to find our way in a world whose meaning must inherently escape us and what point would it serve anyhow if we understood life and could just simply follow the dotted line towards a perfect life? This is a novel of staggering importance and cathartic power that far surpasses even the freuently touted The Catcher in the Rye Drawing a Zen like potency from the positive messages found in many of the world’s religion and spiritually influential members Salinger teaches us a valuable lesson about acceptance and identity while simultaneously preforming the luminous task of taking a near static story and plunging the reader so deep into the souls of its characters to light the literary sky with pure vitality and emotional well being that they feel as if it were they that suffered both the existential collapse and recovery upon the Glass’ living room couch Allow Franny to have your breakdown for you and for Zooey to resurrect you from the calamity Allow Salinger to charm you with his perfectly crafted sentences and sage like wisdom Read Franny and Zooey and love the life you live and the world around you55¹ This is not however the ideal book to read when uitting smoking Rest assured I persevered But really practically one cigarette or cigar is lit per page ‘ The cigars are ballast sweetheart Sheer ballast If he didn’t have a cigar to hold on to his feet would leave the ground’ ² Another subtle yet incredible narrative flourish is Zooey's constant use of 'buddy' as a term of endearment to his sister This was a nod to Jay Gatsby freuently calling others 'old sport' in The Great Gatsby³ In the margins of my book I tussled with the idea that Franny’s behavior would be clinically explained as a manic episode but embraced by a literary bent as an existential conundrum This further led to an idea that Lane who viewed Franny’s collapse from a cold callus position of one concerned about having to miss the football game and having to excuse his girlfriends erratic behavior as choosing to see the world from a scientific perspective that he thought should be devoid of emotional rationalization to avoid looking foolish whereas Franny fully embraces emotion as a window into the soul and chooses a spiritual outlook to organize the hustle and bustle of the world in her mind The cards are stacked uite properly I imagine against all professional aesthetes and no doubt we all deserve the dark wordy academic deaths we all sooner or later die

  2. Lee Lee says:

    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 came across an article written by Jonathan Yardley in 2004 for the Washington Post entitled JD Salinger's Holden Caulfield Aging Gracelessly One of the best uotes from the pieceRereading 'The Catcher in the Rye' after all those years was almost literally a painful experience The combination of Salinger's execrable prose and Caulfield's jejune narcissism produced effects comparable to mainlining castor oilOuch Double ouch because I had to look up jejune This article prompted me to delve deeper into the Salinger canon and I resurfaced holding Franny Zooey Yardley may have prompted me to uestion my devotion but this book cemented what I already knew JD Salinger is a wonderful writer and his characters are the written euivalent of crack You just can't get enoughFranny Zooey is one of several booksshort stories written about the Glass family There are seven Glass kids all of whom were at various points panelists on a radio uiz show with the best name ever It's A Wise Child Franny Zooey focuses on the two youngest siblings hence the title who are both in the midst of emotional and existential breakdowns Franny away at college in Boston has read a book called The Way of the Pilgrim which has instilled in her an obsession with the concept of praying without ceasing Suddenly everything around her is meaningless she can't study or eat or sleep and returns to New York to recouperate Zooey is a sometimes working actor determined to help his sisterThe book touches on familiar Salinger esue themes including relgious devotionfanaticism kids vs adults a potentially meaningless world etc This book explores religion in an engaging relatable way Franny's ustions are universal and Zooey's answers are validAuthorities on the Glass Family will appreciate the insight into the unit particularly into eldest brothers Seymour who at that point has already committed suicide and Buddy who narrates the story Zooey blames them for using himself and Franny as philosphical guinea pigs pumping them full from the time they were toddlers with vast and varied dogma simply to see what would stick All of that said I think the most important thing about this book and all of Salinger's books is its pure joyful readability Franney Zooey contains passages that are absolutely HILARIOUS specifically the extensive conversation between Zooey and his nagging mother Bessie that takes place in the bathroom I was laughing out loud throughout He's been called the voice of several generations but Salinger's ability to maintain belly laugh worthy humor while touching on such dark themes might be the most notable and most underappreciated thing about him

  3. Jason Jason says:

    If you liked Catcher in the Rye than your average novel then you probably have considered reading Franny and Zooey It's one of very few books that JD 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 disappointedProblem 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 Holden Caulfield And so is every other guy character in Franny and Zooey They all talk and act the same It's all Jesus Christ goddam and you can't tell them apartProblem number two the plot If you thought Catcher in the Rye was short on plot check out this book NOTHING happens I mean it Nothing The first uarter of the book is just Franny sitting in a restaurant talking to her boyfriend The remaining three fourths is Zooey sitting in the bathtub talking to his mom then getting dressed and talking to his sister in the living room That's it They don't do anything They don't go anywhere The entire book is just characters talking to each other And it's boring pointless dialogue too It'd be one thing if they were interesting characters but they're not And all they do is smoke Every one of them They chain smoke like it's the only thing Salinger could think of to put into his novel that wasn't in uotation marksHmm what can Zooey do when he's not talkingI've got it He can smoke a cigar BrilliantMore like frustrating That makes two books in a row that I've read and been disappointed with

  4. Ben Ben says:

    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 pretentious about it There is a general disdain for snobbery running through its veins“You raved and you bitched when you came home about the stupidity of audiences The goddam 'unskilled laughter' coming from the fifth row And that's right that's right God knows it's depressing I'm not saying it isn't But that's none of your business really That's none of your business Franny An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection and on his own terms not anyone else's” Franny and Zooey would be have been prescient if it were written today Salinger’s kooky wacky sense of humor; his accuracy with individualized thought; his passion for non conformity and for the individual are all unmatched even today In retrospect of all we know and can now see of his time period Salinger's poking and mocking of then current society make Franny and Zooey seem like it was written brilliantly today Maybe it's because this book has to do with an older brother and younger sister I’m an older brother or maybe it's because I know how much some of my friends love this novel but I felt rushes of something like nostalgia during my reading; some kind of sentimentality or appreciation for my friends that love this If you think you can’t get sentimental over a Salinger novel you’re obviously not part of the group that loves him you can’t be And while I don’t love Salinger the way some of my friends do I sure as fuck appreciate him and I sure as fuck had an absolute blast reading Franny and Zooey my new favorite Salinger novelWhether he’s one of your favorite authors or not if you’re of the breed that can indentify with Salinger's thinking and can maybe even see some similarities between you and some of his characters you feel a love for this man

  5. Kenny Kenny says:

    “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 writing would be an understatement My first thought upon reading the final page was “finally I finished this book” It's usually not a good thing when you're relieved once you finish a book but I feel that it's different with Salinger’s book This was a journey for me and the characters in which I and they work through problems Of course you're relieved when you find the answers at the end And thankfully Salinger does give answers Rather than bore you with my take on “Franny and Zooey” here's a description of the book by Salinger himself “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” These are two short stories but so closely related 'Zooey' a novella starts where 'Franny' a short story ends that it is probably better for both stories to be read together Zooey Glass and Franny Glass are brother and sister and the two youngest of seven children All of them have been on a uiz radio show 'A Wise Child' which seems to have led to all of them having difficulty in dealing with other people 'Franny' centers on her going to meet her boyfriend Lane for the weekend which turns into a disaster on the first day because she seems to be out of sorts 'Zooey' then offers an explanation of this from the brother's perspective as she comes home to be consumed in her problems We get an insight into their history and an explanation and solution for Franny's problemPerhaps 'Franny' was my favorite of the two perhaps; perhaps 'Zooey' is the better of the two perhaps I found myself often agreeing with Zooey Salenger’s observations of college students and their attitudes how I miss those days are funny and also uite true He exposes the phony self congratulatory and self importance that is even present now than when he wrote these works Yes Salinger is terribly judgmental or at least his characters are It’s that realization that no matter who you are you are a very small piece in a much larger whole and the need to accept that that’s crushing Franny She wants to partake in the world without feeling let down with its banality It seems the challenge Salinger is putting out there for Franny to face is how to love the world for what it is without condescending to it It’s a sentiment felt at one time or another by everyone with any self awareness

  6. emma emma says:

    me typically me after i think about the glass family me giving you the link to this full review on my blog loved this book so much I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself for several hours after reading itLogically 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 timeBut for the past few years I’ve found that I’m likely to adore short books Maybe it has something to do with the incomprehensible length of so many young adult fantasy books I’ve read which have no need or right to stretch so far past the four hundred page markOr maybe I’m endlessly impressed by the power of some authors to touch me with the strength of their voices their prose their characters their stories in less than three hundred pagesI had fallen in love with this book for example within a few dozen pagesSalinger’s writing is glorious Franny and Zooey and the Glass family leap off the page I could spend unlimited volumes sprawled in the overcrowded living room of their glamorous unusual apartment The ending hits like a physical strike I was reading of both feelings I’d always had and never put into words and emotions I had never imaginedI need a modern day Frankenstein someone to wake Salinger up and tell him I need enough of the Glass family’s words to spend the rest of my life withI don’t care about the ethicsBottom line Literally no one needs me to tell them this book is amazing but it is and I’m saying it anyway this book feels like it was made for me in a labreview to come 5 stars 30 pages in and i am already absolutely in love with franny

  7. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    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 US 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 troubled large family Disillusioned by college teachers are idiots and hypocrites like their victim the students Only caring about themselves and lacking passion for their jobs going through the motions and nothing acting FRANNY HAS SEEN THE LIGHT having read a book The Way of the Pilgrim and its seuel The Pilgrim Continues his Way by an anonymous writer a poor peasant with a bad arm a seeker of truth trying to find God's will from the 19th century he wandered through massive Russia Speaking to countless people most very friendly surprisingly monks are glad to talk about religion to the amiable pilgrim Franny becomes enad obsessed a better word by these books carrying them around in her purse The much anticipated weekend crashes like a baseball striking a glass window pun intended Fainting spells arguments about teachers in their respective schools what is really important life in general an unpleasant atmosphereSecond part Zooey Zachary a good looking tv actor however not a big man at 25 five years older than his little sister pretty Franny both are at their parents apartment in New York City He is trying to read somehow an old letter while taking a bath mother entersZooey calls her Bessie and the father Les former showbiz stars she is worried about Franny now sleeping on the couch in the living room arriving a few days ago from the disastrous weekend sick in heart and bodyBegs him to talk to her afraid the daughter is having a nervous breakdown the uncomfortable son agrees The siblings discuss her strange behavior she hates school friends and professors uits acting in her college play everything is stupid nothing matters but becomes a fanatical reader of the poor Pilgrim's thoughts about JesusSmall book with big ideas still not loved by all in truth heavyweight or lightweight materialyou decide I myself believe it was well worth the rather confusing trip

  8. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    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 uarter century I just turned 61 and have not read many of these novels for this course for literally decades many of them since I was in my early twenties when they were truly identity forming for me as reader teacher less so this because I have almost taught none of them in all my nearly forty years of teaching and person for sure I see them now as Great Books but not uite in the classical canon sense because when I think of the Canon I think of Shakespeare and Milton and not Kerouac and Heller Prior to teaching this course I thought of the period 1945 1980 as basically the Beats fifties drugs and self and Hippies sixties and early seventies drugs and social causes and Beyond some postmodern stuff less chemical and fictional experimentation basically When I first began choosing the books for this course I went to Goodreads lists and picked out maybe 75 American novels I thought were “important” for one reason or the other in the years 1945 1980 I knew we could only read 12 14 of them and I knew some of them might be pretty long so I starred ones on my list that I really wanted to re read books I had loved and came up with maybe 18 20 My thinking at this point was that the course would be kind of about ME a kind of Re reading My Self course reading as autobiography as in What do I recall these books meant to me then how did I understand them and how do I read them differently now? Who do I think I was then who do I think I am now and how diddo these books figure in the process? Shoshana Felman wrote a book called What Does a Woman Want? Reading and Sexual Difference? which among other things makes the point that with some books they are essentially autobiographical that we read ourselves in and through them so much that we see them as telling our own stories In her book she illustrates this by telling stories about some of her favorite books I like that Reading a book through your life in part with some books at least And for the process I even have some old copies of texts with underlined passages and margin commentary from the old days Cool right?Most college courses are probably usually like that in some ways in that they are all about the teacher’s project or research or obsessions so it wouldn’t be weird for students to experience a class like that though most college English classes have nothing to do with reader response or subjective readings of texts they are all about close readings or some postmodern theoretical frame for the reading but I have not usually done things this way thinking it as kind of narcissistic so I changed my mind and did what I often do I invited the registered students to help me choose the books About half of the students enthusiastically participated; I went with their enthusiastic choices of certain books even if they were not on my primo list though I did keep a couple from my own original list I also ended up with a couple on the final list I had never read which is cool Oh the list? Salinger’s Franny and Zooey Nabokov’s Lolita Kerouac’s On the Road Plath’s The Bell Jar Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Heller’s Catch 22 Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow which was our last book so we only began reading it maybe half Capote’s In Cold Blood and Mailer’s Executioner’s Song which we did not end up reading Lots of white men you say? Guilty as charged but then a lot of male and female students helped me What follows is the first book we read in this coursePostwar Novel Story #1 Franny and Zooey is usually the book you read after you join the 60? 90? million people who have read Catcher in the Rye If you hate Holden this will end your Salinger journey but for those of us who feltfeel he speaks for us in naming all the phoniness in the world we next read the somewhat kinder gentler Franny and Zooey and especially fall in love with Franny the female Holden a fragile driven to nervous breakdown early twenties kid like Holden than Zooey Franny's somewhat harsher but also insightful older brother In fact and this is a Salingerism to say things like “in fact” and interjections like this you see Holden and probably Salinger himself? in all the Glass family suicidal Seymour; Buddy the writerrecluse who retreats to the New Hampshire woods; 20 something drop out “nervous breakdown” actress Franny and commercially successful but self and other loathing 25 year old Zooey No plot summary will I write but the two separate but related stories that comprise this collection are the separately published in The New Yorker 1955 “Franny” which is about a meeting with her current hilariously phony boyfriend Lane in The City focusing on Franny in spiritualpsychological crisis and “Zooey” published two years later also in The New Yorker focusing on the family’s attempts at intervention into Franny’s crisis while also addressing Zooey’s very related crisis Both are kinda early twenties stuck wondering how to live their lives with Purpose and Meaning as I was then There’s very little plot to tell even if were to try actually; most of both stories are a series of extended dialogues broken up mainly by a lot of chain smoking but the dialogues are amazing sometimes exasperating in that the Glass family is pretty messed up and self absorbed but also sometimes uite moving in that their struggles are spiritual in response to a messed up world where the Glass kids find they are lost and struggling to find themselves in what Salinger and they saw as “pure” versions of spiritual truth such as Buddhist and Hindu notions of self lessness ideas Salinger was steeped in since the late forties until he died which Franny finds imbedded in two books on “Christ consciousness” books about a pilgrim learning “the Jesus Prayer” “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me”which are also books about what it means to pray without ceasing to become prayerChristBuddhaDharmaSatori and so on Basically the concern is how to live a life of integrity if not uite ethical commitment Though it’s still about self and the goal of artistic perfection Salinger wanted for himself free of Fame and Media and Buzz than ethical commitment though really It’s what you should do for yourself Individualism one siren song of the fifties after all that patriotism and the war But also spirituality after a horrific world war Back to life as usual? Salinger hopes notWhen I first read this book I had “borrowed” and still have it from the bedroom Marthena Bosch had vacated in what became my sister Shirley’s house in Holland MI Marthena was maybe fifteen years older than me and had broken from the Dutch Reformed faith I was basically also raised in She had books on her shelf like an edited collection of The Beats On the Road all of Salinger Hesse and books on Zen Buddhism I consumed these books in the late sixties in my late teens and probably read Franny after Catcher in my junior or senior year in high school What political and spiritual turmoil the late sixties were for me starting with books about race from the sixties race riots Black Like Me Nigger by Dick Gregory Dr King’s works Malcolm X; the women’s movement I actually read Marthena’s copy of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior at 16 to find out something about feminism all this bra burning and female anger I was startled to see and this type of person a girl that aside from my sisters and mom I had absolutely no experience with; the Vietnam War I drove to Ann Arbor to encounter the SDS Weatherman Black Power Marx Mao anti war protests and read books on all these topics and great psychedelic and angry and ecstatic folk rock music always going to concerts Dylan Joni CSNY I had been raised to attend this very conservative Calvinist church in Grand Rapids Michigan going to church twice every Sunday went to a Christian high school and Calvin College and even started out my teaching in Christian high schools but all my teens and twenties were about spiritual struggle about doubt than pure faith and ultimately I sought how to live a spiritual and ethical life without the shackles of Calvinist religion Or any religion having left the church finally at 28 though at 18 I was pretty God haunted wanting to live as Christ which for me was something like what I learned from Franny and Zooey to live without ego to live for others Franny’s cry against ego ego ego was a struggle for me because I liked acting and writing stories and getting published and had set a goal to have a book of fiction published in my twenties and Zooey’s commitment to living a life focused on perfecting a devotion not to fame but to art for him and Franny acting for Buddy and me writing made sense for me I struggled with the inherently self ish nature of artwriting writing fiction was really all about me in many ways versus the Dr King commitment to changing the world through teaching and I still write and teach and try to balance these things Is it okay to write a poem about myself or would it be better to write a story about students in an urban classroom? Are both okay?I was struck in this present reading of the book that Salinger has two basic “ghosts” in the “machine” of his art; one is the war since he served in WW II and was part of the liberation of concentration camps and fought at D Day and other significant battles His turn to Zen and Hinduism is a turn away from the enlightenment Reason that had led to the Holocaust and Hiroshima that Drive to Certainty that ledleads to Corporate America and the Military Industrial Complex So much Darkness So he writes of Buddy’s retreat from consumerism and mass media that became his own retreat and Franny and Zooey help us see self lessness as a remedy for the madness of the world A second ghost in Salinger’s work is Innocence Beauty something the War ended for the world in many ways and very specifically ended for him personally when the girl he had loved at 20 16 year old Oona O’Neill left him for Charlie Chaplin when he was abroad fighting the War Salinger is severely criticized by some for his lifelong interest in younger women but the way I see it work out in his fiction is that young children and maybe particularly girls okay come to symbolize innocence for him beauty things that got destroyed by the war and the adult world generally so in this book you see Buddy Seymour Zooey all notice young girls and sort of hold them up with some frail hope as what we must in some sense hold on to innocence I mean “We got to get ourselves back to the Garden” Joni Mitchell says Holden wants to play catcher in the rye to save children from growing up and going crazy from phoniness and materialism and selfishness and Franny is just entering adulthood and is seeing the emptiness of much of the post war self absorbed world and so is Zooey who has had five years of “success” in it It’s hard to have integrity in this world they seem to say and I feel the same way as I did then about this I agree with them When I first read this book I think part of my attraction to it was class envy too I was a working class kid whose Dad worked himself to the bone every day long days all his life and I wanted a contemplative artistic live with plenty of time for reflection Franny and Zooey were messed up in certain ways sure but they seemed to have enough leisure to spend time talking about Big Ideas and Purpose and the Meaning of Life and because they were educated and in the upper middle class they had time for that My parents and siblings were high school graduates and weren’t into reading or the arts except sis Nancy an artist or serving the world like social workers or teachers did and like I was considering doing I knew I needed college to help me carve out a scholarlyartistic life When I read Franny now I can see that class envy I had I wanted that life of privilege though I wanted some kind of authentic spiritual life too I was still In the Church and hoping to find a way to Be Me in it So I didn't think of the Glass family as merely rich and privileged whiny kids as many do now in reading them; I saw them as having a life of ideas I wanted for myselfNow as I read Franny and Zooey again I feel a little nostalgic for the explicit struggles with faith and religion that I had then Franny’s struggle makes me long for that moves me makes me realize my life is missing something Maybe I think I need a little of that praying without ceasing stuff that my friend Tony is experiencing in his Grand Rapids urban ministry Zooey inspires me to live that better spiritual life anyway While I did not choose it Salinger’s retreat from NYC makes perfect sense to me now The struggle for Salinger and Buddy and Zooey was to live life without arrogance okay Zooey’s a little blunt and even a little mean to Bessie and Franny even when he is right without being judgmental which I find pretty difficult to do in this Tea Party world What do I learn or relearn about teaching and learning from it? I relearn there’s a big difference between knowledge and wisdom and that schools generally teach the former without the latter which is what gets us in so much Trouble I relearn that sometimes the Eastern “no knowledge” or unknowing would be better for us than the certainty that leads to arrogance That being good and doing good teaching and writing and art without ego if at all possible is better than any honor or award or accomplishment or even paycheck There’s a Dr Tupper that teaches Franny who is actually a fraud a fake a pretentious academic phony Having read of him how can I not resist being like him as I teach this class this book? I loved this book then and love it even now as I think I understand it better It’s a kind of preachingteaching book with a moral to it but it’s one I likeAnd what gorgeous writing there is in this book with terrific dialogue especially completely convincing and real to me The Glass family is a kind of prototype for the Royal Tenenbaum family too in many ways all these precocious f’ed up rich kids never really uite adjusting to the world Dealing with the madness of the world in ways that bring them close to madness My reading and teaching have come full circle back to issues of self in good ways they hadn’t really seen in any focused way for decades I’m glad for the trip back and forward now through the reading Oh and I just saw the recent Salinger biography after I read it which I thought was terrible on the whole but still sometimes interesting Leave him alone we say it's his choice but we still obsess about him and want to talk with him

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    445 Franny And Zooey JD SalingerFranny 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 freuent focus of Salinger's writingsعنوانها فرانی و زویی؛ فرنی و زویی؛ نویسنده جیدی سالینجر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه اکتبر سال 2001 میلادیعنوان فرانی و زویی؛ نویسنده جیدی 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 معنوان فرنی و زویی؛ نویسنده جیدی سالینجر؛ مترجم امید نیک فرجام؛ تهران، نیلا، 1381؛ در 157 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1383؛ سوم 1385؛ پنجم 1392؛ شابک 9789646900400؛ عنوان فرنی و زویی همراه با شرح اسامی مکانها و حوادث و یادداشت؛ نویسنده جیدی سالینجر؛ مترجم علی شیعه علی؛ زهرا میرباقری؛ تهران، سبزان، 1390؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ در 223 ص؛ شابک 9786001170638؛ کتاب دو داستان کوتاه با عنوانهای «فرانی» و «زویی» ست داستان نخست، شرح دیدار پایان هفتهٔ ی «فرانی گلس»، کوچک‌ترین عضو خانواده ی «گلس» با دوست پسرش، «لین کاتل» است «فرانی» ادبیات می‌خواند، و همانند سایر فرزندان خانوادهٔ «گلس» علاقهٔ ویژه ای به عرفان شرقی دارد «فرانی» در پی خوانش یک کتاب عرفانی، دچار بحرانی روحی و عرفانی شده استداستان دوم، زمانی را به تصویر می‌کشد که «فرانی»، از دانشگاه به خانه برگشته، و اعضای خانواده‌ اش، هر یک به شیوه ی خود، برای بهبودی «فرانی» تلاش می‌کنند برادرش «زویی»، که بازیگری بیست و پنج ساله است، در این داستان نقش پررنگ و موثری دارد سایر اعضای خانواده ی او نیز، در این داستان تا حدودی معرفی و شناخته می‌شوند «سیمور»، بزرگترین پسر خانواده، که به نوعی مرشد و قدیس آنها محسوب می‌شود، خودکشی کرده است «بادی»، پسر دوم است که پس از «سیمور»، نقشی حیاتی در زندگی فرزندان کوچکتر ایفا می‌کند او در حالتی رهبانی و در گوشه‌ ای پرت، زندگی و در یک مدرسه ی عالی دخترانه، تدریس می‌کند پس از ایشان هم یک دختر، و دوقلوهای پسری قرار دارند، که به نسبت سایرین نقش کم‌رنگتری در داستان‌ دارند خانوادهٔ «گلس» در دیگر داستانهای «سالینجر» نیز حضور دارند؛ گرچه ایشان به دنبال ارائه ی تصویر کامل از این خانواده نیستند ا شربیانی

  10. ·Karen· ·Karen· says:

    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 well surely Mother you should have realised that you wouldn't really enjoy it all that much I mean it's not you is it? Mysticism and religion and stuff you never did get that did you so why did you read it for chrissake?Mother also lights a cigarette Franny has one too and Zooey and Bloomberg the cat doesn't want to feel left out so has a cigar tooAlso for God's sake you could die of secondary smoke poisoning just reading this and you know how much you hate cigarette smokeBut I'm I don't know I'm tired Zooey I'm just exhausted franklyYup me too Fran me too

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Franny and Zooey [Ebook] ➦ Franny and Zooey Author J.D. Salinger – Franny ja Zooey ovat nuorimmat sisarukset Glassin perheessä jonka värikkäästä elämästä J D Salinger on kirjoittanut lukuisia novelleja Tämä teos sisältää kaksi laajaa novellia jotka ilmes Franny ja Zooey ovat nuorimmat sisarukset Glassin perheessä jonka värikkäästä elämästä J D Salinger on kirjoittanut lukuisia Franny and Kindle - novelleja Tämä teos sisältää kaksi laajaa novellia jotka ilmestyivät alun perin erikseen The New Yorker lehdessä vuosina ja Ensimmäisen osan päähenkilönä on perheen parikymppinen tytär Franny joka ihmisten itsekeskeisyyteen kyllästyneenä ajatutuu eksistentiaaliseen masennukseen Apua Franny etsii uskonnollisesta mystiikasta mutta hänen uudet ajatuksensa eivät saa vastakaikua poikaystävältä Lanelta Toinen osa sijoittuu ajallisesti parin päivän päähän ensimmäisen novellin tapahtumista Franny on vajonnut apaattiseen tilaan ja lojuu sohvalla syömättä ja juomatta loputonta rukousta mutisten Huolestuneen Bessie äidin patistamana isoveli Zooey päättää palauttaa Frannyn tolkkuihinsa ja päätyy turvautumaan erikoisiin keinoihin onnistuakseen vaikeassa tehtävässäänFranny ja Zooey teoksessa vakava uskonnollis filosofinen pohjasävy sulautuu Salingerin nokkelaan ja omaperäiseen komiikkaan luoden vaikuttavan kokonaisuuden.

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  • Franny and Zooey
  • J.D. Salinger
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  • 13 June 2015

About the Author: J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger was an American author best known for his novel The Catcher in the Franny and Kindle - Rye as well as his reclusive nature His last original published work was in ; he gave his last interview in Raised in Manhattan Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school and published several stories in the early s before serving in World War II In he publishe.