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Review: Franny and Zooey

Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews

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. Without, really, any beginning -- middle or end- these fragments,- of a situation, of an issue, of an attitude, of life in a family,- build, but not to the affecting pitch of father, which may be a disappointment to lesser adherents but a seminar course for the serious analysis.

Review: Franny and Zooey

Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews

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.

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Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Darlene Jepsen - Goodreads

First of all, I really enjoyed reading this book and this author. Catcher in The Rye was my favorite. But,I felt the pace of this story was much slower and not necessarily the most interesting. Though ... Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Couirey Eckmayer - Goodreads

Finished Franny last night (June 13th). I really enjoyed that story. Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Peter Levesque - Goodreads

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Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Lauren Kiss - Goodreads

My favorite Salinger, hands down. Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Hassan Zakeri - Goodreads

Such a lovely family.. Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Alice - Goodreads

I really enjoyed Franny. I really did not enjoy Zooey. I have a hard time deciphering how Zooey is liked at all, especially in the scene with Bessie. These two stories clearly go together and no ... Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Trevor - Goodreads

I love when Salinger talks about the Glass family. He characterizes each of them so thoroughly. Overall, I enjoyed Zooey the most of the two short, linked stories. While I'm not someone interested in ... Read full review

Review: Franny and Zooey

User Review  - Johari - Goodreads

This is my favorite book. Period. (And it's way better than Catcher in the Rye.) I read it every other year or so, and it gets better each time. Read full review

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