I could have been a member of the Glass Family. I started reading Salinger in middle school, stealing ancient copies of Franny and Zooey and Nine Short Stories that had belonged to my uncles. I took the books back to the library. His is the voice I hear in my head when I write, and always has been.
It was wrong, not what I expected, another example of taking apart everything mystical and beautiful in order to expose I wanted to tell everybody that it was ironic!
There is still a copy of the stories, the same copy I stole 34 years ago, next to my bed. I wanted to live in New York, ride trains, have a Chesterfield and a Chiffarobe, drink cocktails, smoke cigarettes, and have a background of fame as a quiz kid that I could choose to disregard.
He was not exactly plucked in the flower of youth, being 91 and all.
I had a bound genealogy of a family I knew better than my own, and a ready source of reassurance that I was not the only tightly wrapped, angsty, alienated, person who was not quite what they seemed to be.
I had just read all of his books again, and in that way I have of believing my thoughts are invalid unless confirmed by a better informed source I wanted to see if he really was as great as I thought he was.
I read Catcher in the Rye at some point before it was assigned in school, and then again when it was actually required reading; I remember that I liked the book, but that classroom discussion about themes and characters just about killed me.
I do see the problem with that line of thinking, but at the time I was heady with library access, and excited to learn What it All Meant, once and for all. It was like a public autopsy for me, that mechanical dissection and parsing of the words and thoughts of someone who was my own.
It was too heavy, too regimented, I kept wanting to raise my hand and explain that Salinger, my friend Salinger, had never sat around thinking about Themes of Youth and Alienation. An Introduction, and my Glass Family collection was complete. Franny and Zooey took longer; I read it over and over first because I loved the dialogue, and later, because in her confusion about life and love and faith, Franny seemed to me to be a soul mate.
He wrote three books, a collection of short stories, and a novella which appeared in "The New Yorker," but which I have never found in buyable form. I have been trying really hard not to read anything being written about him right now, not blog posts, not opinion pieces, not even obituaries, because this is a private thing for me.
By that time I was twice as old as Franny, old enough to be her mother, and I understood the lure of the beautiful, simple expression of faith and salvation in the book she carried.
Whenever I had a "free choice" for reading a book and writing a paper in school, I wrote about one of the stories. Franny and Zooey and J.Franny and Zooey, volume containing two interrelated stories by J.D.
Salinger, published in book form in The stories, originally published in The New Yorker magazine, concern Franny and Zooey Glass, two members of the family (also including Seymour, Buddy, and Boo-Boo) that was the subject of most of Salinger’s short fiction.
Franny and Zooey.
J. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies.
It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in Dec 16, · an abridged adaptation of Salinger's amazing novel.
Franny 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 inhaving originally appeared in The New Yorker in and respectively.
Salinger's best can be found in "Franny and Zooey." Sure, Franny is a histrionic drama-queen, and Zooey is a megalomaniacal, friendless jerk, who treats everyone around him as second-rate, but by the book's end, you understand how their childhoods (or lack thereof) have molded them this way.
Franny and Zooey. J. D Salinger. J.D. Salinger, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye (), wrote the stories Franny and Zooey for publication in the New Yorker magazine in and 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.Download