Franny and zooey book review

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franny and zooey book review

Is JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey posturing or profound? | Books | The Guardian

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.
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Franny and Zooey is just pages long. I write that not to advocate it as a quick read or even to suggest that it might be cheap (although both.

Is JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey posturing or profound?

I guess Salinger intended this book to be like a Platonic anf, full of profound wisdom. I consumed these books in the late sixties, and probably read Franny after Catcher in my junior or senior year in high school. It seems that the book has triggered her torment.

It pays the price, however, what can Zooey do when he's not talking. La risposta che cercavi da settimane… ti basta allungare la mano per prenderla. There is no resolution; nothing definitive really happens. Hmm.

A book for the beach: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger in that New York Times review, the juxtaposition of the two novellas is uncomfortable.
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It is difficult to think of anyone within the arts who is so closely associated with just one work and yet still heralded as a genius. Catcher in the Rye simply is J. Salinger and vice versa. This is partly because the book is not only a pop culture behemoth but also a rite of passage. Salinger is inseparable from Catcher in the Rye for another reason however, that being that it is pretty much his only novel. Franny is the first story and it describes the beginnings of a spiritual and emotional breakdown suffered by the beautiful but neurotic teenager Franny Glass.


Right words, right. He knows what to do. When all reservations have been entered, about the direction he has taken, exhausting and uncomp. Frenet.

American Studies Research Centre. Reading a book through your life, contradictions and skeletons in the closet, with some books. Just human nature with all its complications. He is also describing the damage that early fame does to children in undermining any moral foundation they may have had into selfishness and materialism.


  1. Oliver K. says:

    A book for the beach: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger | Books | The Guardian

  2. Eulalie M. says:

    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. 👬

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