Franny and Zooey

J. D. Salinger

Cover of Franny and Zooey

Rank: B
No. Times Read: 1
Last Read: Summer, 2000

Author Name: J. D. Salinger

Review: Franny and Zooey’s not half bad. This is my favorite of Salinger’s books, even though its main characters have the silliest names I’ve ever heard (sounds like it’s going to be a children’s story starring two badgers). The title characters, Franny and Zooey, are brothers and sisters in a family of child prodigies (think there were five of them, all told). The whole troupe starred on a radio quiz show when they were very young and made their parents a modest fortune. At the time of action, the kids are college-aged, and trying to figure out what to do with their lives.

I’m not sure why, but the notion of the child prodigy fascinated Salinger. Most everything he wrote involves a young kid that’s extremely bright, or one that’s grown older and more cynical. In this book, Franny and Zooey kind of try to help each other out, figure out how to get their lives on track, and how to deal with the fame they no longer possess.

Most of what Salinger writes is character driven, in that it’s usually just two characters that talk to each other. This book is no different. In my opinion, though, this one works pretty well, whereas everything else I’ve read works only moderately well. If I had to recommend one Salinger book to anyone, it’d be this one, without a doubt. In fact, if there was a Salinger book that I would ever consider rereading, it would be this one. As I said, it’s not half bad.

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