Franny and Zooey: A Book Review

“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
Genre:  Classic
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star

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.