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Franny and Zooey

J.D. Salinger ´ 3 characters

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 ecognize 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 meThere 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 The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square reader feeling like he is preaching or backhanding them with Christianity in fact through the freuenteferences to many of the world s The Culture Chamber religion that wonderfully adorn the novel the message feels entirely universal despite anyeligious or even non Whispering Coves religious beliefs theeader 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 Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World 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 ofeality 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 eminds you why you so love eading 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 breakdown as the collapse of a socially einforced personality mask to educe 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 Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art right the family must be setight 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 The Compact Guide to World Religions 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 willio 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 The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley 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 theeader is fully in keeping with the idea that we can only form our identity in elation 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 eminded of a favorite uote of mine that comes from the cathartically cantankerous with of Charles Bukowski We e 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 each other but it doesn t We are terrorized and flattened by 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 eligion 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 G-Man: The Real Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat 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 andecovery upon the Glass living Meister Oder Schüler?: Berühmte Werke Auf Dem Prüfstand room couch Allow Franny to have your breakdown for you and for Zooey toesurrect 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 you55 This is not however the ideal book to Whippersnapper read when uitting smoking Rest assured I persevered Buteally 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 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 Gatsby 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 Style and Idea 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 This is great iteally 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 Der Peloponnesische Krieg (Beck'sche Reihe) running through its veins Youaved and you bitched when you came home about the stupidity of audiences The goddam unskilled laughter coming from the fifth Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World row And that sight that s Die mechanischen Kinder right God knows it s depressing I m not saying it isn t But that s none of your businesseally 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 etrospect 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 ushes of something like nostalgia during my Aufsatze!: Essays Zur Poetik, Literatur Und Kunst 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 youe obviously not part of the group that loves him you can t be And while I don loves him you can t be And while I don love Salinger the way some of my friends do I sure as fuck appreciate him and I sure as fuck had an absolute blast Anna Goeldin - The Last Witch reading Franny and Zooey my new favorite Salinger novelWhether he s one of your favorite authors or not if youe 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 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 Ejercito y Milicias En El Mundo Colonial Americano 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 havingead 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 Power Engineering: Advances and Challenges Part B: Electrical Power 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 theirespective schools what is Confidentiel défense 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 toead 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 oom 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 eader 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 From Muslim to Christian Granada: Inventing a City's Past in Early Modern Spain rather confusing trip Well you are stupid Mum you are one of the most stupid people I knoweally what were you thinking when you decided to even Bright Montana Sky 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 haveealised that you wouldn t Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth really enjoy it all that much I mean it s not you is it Mysticism andeligion and stuff you never did get that did you so why did you ead it for chrissakeMother also lights a cigarette Franny has one too and Zooey and Bloomberg the cat doesn t want to feel left out so one too and Zooey and Bloomberg the cat doesn t want to feel left out so a cigar tooAlso for God s sake you could die of secondary smoke poisoning just eading 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. Term project patently an ambiguous one and there is a eal 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 ski. .

R 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 ye 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 ead 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 eflection 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 eading 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 ead 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 ich and privileged whiny kids as many do now in eading them I saw them as having a life of ideas I wanted for myselfNow as I ead Franny and Zooey again I feel a little nostalgic for the explicit struggles with faith and Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism religion that I had then Franny s struggle makes me long for that moves me makes meealize 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 Selling Beauty: Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society, 1750–1830 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 isight without being judgmental which I find pretty difficult to do in this Tea Party world What do I learn or Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State relearn about teaching and learning from it Ielearn 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 A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief 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 Havingead of him how can I not esist 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 eal 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 To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey rich kids nevereally uite adjusting to the world Dealing with the madness of the world in ways that bring them close to madness My Punk Pedagogies in Practice reading and teaching have come full circle back to issues of self in good ways they hadn teally seen in any focused way for decades I m glad for the trip back and forward now through the Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education reading Oh and I just saw theecent Salinger biography after I Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated 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 I m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobodyThe blinking cursor that preceded thiseview the place holder of possibility before the big bang of creation speaks volumes when taken in elation to JD Salinger s exuisite Franny and Zooey In a novel about Identity About Forging Who We about forging who we from a blank slate in the void of society and humanity we are constantly called to the floor and eminded how often we impose our ego or wishes our desires and become a caricature of ourselves hoping that by creating a fa ade 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 Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung returning again and again after each uickly deleted early attempts made me feel very much like Franny herself sick ofealizing 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 Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 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 fantasticallyocky in my entire lifeThis novel was graciously beueathed to me at the exact moment it was needed most With a avenous 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 sea Franny and Zooey is virtually Zen in novel format and for easons far surpassing the eligious allusions that decorate the novel as well as entice eaders into other spiritually gratifying books such as The Upanishads There is something eminently soothing about this Salinger tale of family something that Ragana ir lietus really struck me in the deepegions 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 Beasts and Savages reads like a naturally talented author writing at the pinnacle of his craft The use of italics for example a techniue exercisedight up to the borderlines of overuse is one of the many tactics Salinger applies to his literary canvas to conceive life out of a nearly plot less introspective narrative and issuing within it a warm glow to Beebo Brinker resonate deep within theeader 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 clich 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 The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads represented as an individual inelation 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 Manual of Forensic Science: An International Survey revealed in the latter story to be a book held in highegard 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 fa ade without this depth of acceptance and awareness We are only who we are in elation 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 a microscope to society and exposed the bacteria of phoniness that inherent in everyone around him Franny prescribes to this disenchanting eality 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 Die Stadt der Tiere: Ein Tierkrimi rave about me doesn t make itight 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 evealed 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 ead from him Lane sat up a bit in his chair and adjusted his expression from that of all El show de Grossman 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 highegard 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 Minor Marriage in Early Islamic Law respectWhere Caulfield left us in a feeling of superiority yet devastating darkness forecognizing the fakers and phonies around us Zooey Glass full of unremitting charm tosses a spiritual life Plato and the Power of Images raft and allows us toecognize the beauty in the world around us In the first place he lovingly scolds his sister Franny you A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan re way off when you startailing 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 The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There recognize or fear that their actions and beliefs conform to the phoniness of the worldegardless 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 Professor Unrat remain alive and in the game and we should not chastise the world and hold ourselves in too high ofegard unless we Kämpfer Der Hoffnung: Wie Ich Den Kindern Madagaskars Eine Zukunft Gab really take a look at our own motives He exposes Franny s decision to follow the Pilgrim s method of finding transcendence throughelentless prayer to be just another expression of the ego she finds so distasteful in others enacting a self Tell the Machine Goodnight 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. Bessie her mother deeply concerned Zooey comes to her aid offering what he thinks is brotherly love understanding and words of sage adviceSalinger writes of these works 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. If you liked Catcher in the Rye than your average novel then you probably have consideredeading Franny and Zooey It s one of very few books that JD Salinger wrote because he kind of turned into a weird old Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River recluse I waseally excited about eading 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 estaurant talking to her boyfriend The emaining three fourths is Zooey sitting in the bathtub talking to his mom then getting dressed and talking to his sister in the living oom 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 e 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 ow that I ve Ninth City Burning read and been disappointed with 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 firsteal exposure to Salinger I ve made attempts in the past to The Extras read Catcher i 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 1957espectively The book focuses on siblings Franny and Zooey the two youngest members of the Glass family which was a freuent focus of Salinger s writings 2001 1380 185 9789643055875 1386 1387 1392 20 I am a huge JD Salinger fan and I m one of those people who s Özgüven Öğrenilebilir 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 me typically me after i think about the glass family me giving you the link to this fulleview on my blog loved this book so much I couldn t figure out what to do with myself for several hours after Deutsche Sagen 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 veead which have no need or Irony and Idyll: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park on Screen 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 Fran 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 onlyelatively ecently 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 ead 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 eader 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 eason or the other in the years 1945 1980 I knew we could only ead 12 14 of them and I knew some of them might be pretty long so I starred ones on my list that I eally wanted to e ead 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 West Winds of Wyoming reading My Self courseeading as autobiography as in What do I The Necessary Art of Persuasion recall these books meant to me then how did I understand them and how do Iead 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 ead 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 ightMost college courses are probably usually like that in some ways in that they are all about the teacher s project or esearch 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 eader esponse or subjective eadings of texts they are all about close eadings or some postmodern theoretical frame for the eading 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 May Day 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 neveread which is cool Oh the list "SALINGER S FRANNY AND ZOOEY NABOKOV "s Franny and Zooey Nabokov 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 Nest Heller s Catch 22 Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse Pynchon s Gravity s Rainbow which was our last book so we only began Eurodeutsch - Untersuchungen Zu Europaismen Und Internationalismen Im Deutschen Wortschatz: Eine Arbeit Aus Der Perspektive Der Eurolinguistik Am Beispiel Von Zeitungen Aus Deutschland, Osterreich, Der Schweiz Und Sudtirol reading it maybe half Capote s In Cold Blood and Mailer s Executioner s Song which we did not end upeading 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 Grundriss Der Kolloidchemie (Classic Reprint) read in this coursePostwar Novel Story 1 Franny and Zooey is usually the book youead after you join the 60 90 million people who have Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park 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 nextead 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 Dating Habits for Happiness: The 9 Daily Success Habits To Change Your Bad Behavior, Attract Women Effortlessly, Become More Disciplined Be Happier 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 butelated 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 elated crisis Both are kinda early also addressing Zooey s very elated crisis Both are kinda early 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 Soul of Sin 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 thougheally 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 Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say 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 alsoaised 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 For Death Comes Softly 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 aboutace from the sixties ace iots Black Like Me Nigger by Dick Gregory Dr King s works Malcolm X the women s movement I actually Here's Luck 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 andead books on all these topics and great psychedelic and angry and ecstatic folk Colorado Bodyguard rock music always going to concerts Dylan Joni CSNY I had beenaised 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 eligion Or any eligion 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 eally 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 okayI was struck in this present eading 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 Mein Jenseits retreat from consumerism and mass media that became his ownetreat and Franny and Zooey help us see self lessness as a Capo's fate 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 fo. The short story Franny takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around herThe novella Zooey is named for Zooey Glass the second youngest member of the Glass family As his younger sister Franny suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents' Manhattan livingoom leaving. ,