Franny and Zooey is the second book I read from J D Salinger years later. Although it has been waiting in my library for a long time, I don’t why, but I didn’t want to read it. After reading J D Salinger A Life by Kenneth Slawenski however, it was time. I thought I was a little too late to read Salinger but turns out; I wasn’t. It was not the reason I couldn’t love him.
Franny and Zooey started exquisitely. When I read and finished Franny’s short story, I was enchanted by Salinger, but things changed when I began Zooey. I found it difficult to read the part of Zooey and so it took me a lot of time to finish it. So I decided not to write about it right after finishing the book.
Even though days have passed, I still do not like it very much. I think I am one of those people who prefer Salinger’s stories to his other work. Nevertheless, I would like to read The Catcher in the Rye without much ado. I know I’ll like it and I don’t want to part with him in these terms.
Franny and Zooey
‘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. I love working on these Glass stories, I’ve been waiting for them most of my life.’ – J. D. Salinger
A novel in two halves, Franny and Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and traumas of entering adulthood. It is a gleaming example of the wit, precision and poignancy that have made J.D. Salinger one of the most beloved American novelists of the twentieth century.
J D Salinger
Jerome David Salinger was an American writer best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine in the early 1940s before serving in World War II.
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