Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Franny & Zooey

The recent death of J.D. Salinger made me realize that I hadn't read much of his work beyond The Catcher in the Rye. To remedy that, I picked up Franny & Zooey.

These are two companion stories about two siblings in the Glass family, Franny and Zooey (obviously). They're really nothing like what you would stereotypically expect stories about young-twenty-somethings in the 1950's to be like. Following the minute details of small segments of a day, the characters of the Glass family are gradually revealed through the dialogue between Franny and Zooey. The writing is just amazingly good, and there's an air of nostalgia that hints of F. Scott Fitzgerald. All of this is widely said about Salinger's work in general, but I really can appreciate it after reading this book.

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