“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”
Title: Franny and Zooey
Author: J.D. Salinger
Release Date: January 30, 2001 by Back Bay Books (first published in 1955)
Age Group: Adult
I finished Franny and Zooey on January 5th, 2012. It only took me a day to read the entire book, considering it was so short. The author of this book was J.D. Salinger … you may remember him as the author of Catcher in The Rye.
Franny and Zooey is about a family of children (savant-like children) who discuss certain matters of life. You meet the family and learn to appreciate each character individually.
Something that I was surprised by was that Zooey , in the book, is actually a 25 year-old man. I think this surprised me because I know that actress Zooey Deschanel was named after this character.
Things I liked about the book: The style of writing (which made it very easy to read). The shortness of the book – again, a plus. The dialogue was brilliant, to say the least. It takes a genius, in my opinion, to create dialogue like this for geniuses.
Things I did not like about the book: It takes place in maybe 3-4 scenes tops. Also, I had a problem with the way Zooey treated his mother.
Book Challenge: 2 down, 18 more to go.