Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

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J.D. Salinger, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye (1951), wrote the stories Franny and Zooey for publication in the New Yorker magazine in 1955 and 1957 respectively. Both stories were part of a series centred around a family of settlers in New York, the Glasses, particularly the children of Les and Bessie Glass, a Jewish-Irish theatrical act. All are brilliant former radio actors. Their eldest child, Seymour, a genius, commits suicide in his thirties. The repercussions to the family of this act provide the unifying theme to the stories. In Franny and Zooey the youngest member of the family, Franny, has a religious and nervous breakdown. She attempts to ward off the meaninglessness of college life by the obsessive repetition of a Jesus prayer. Her brother Zachary (Zooey) rests at nothing in his attempts to restore her sanity. J.D. Salinger wrote the Glass stories, 'It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in ly 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.'show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Cornerstone
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0434670006
  • 9780434670000
  • 916,658

About J. D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born in New York in 1919. His first story was published in 1940 and he wrote a further twenty short stories before he 'found his subject' with the short novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). The book has enormous popular success, particularly with students. It was followed by a collection of short stories, For Esme, With Love and Squalor, which encapsulated many of the themes later to be found in Salinger's linked series of works about the Glass more

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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. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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