15: zooey and Franny

by J.D. Salinger

here’s a fun fact about me. i have never read The Catcher in the Rye. I had a copy then someone took it then I don’t know what happened and here we are, not owning a copy of a book that everyone and their mom have read.

I was really interested in this book because I had found out that this book had a little plot, almost no plot and my book has been called plotless and i agree. The writing is nowhere as witty or smart as this one. And my characters are sad, i kind of hate sad people so I am mad at myself for making my characters that way.

But I think there needs to be more drag smoking, more alcohol drinking and more walking down the streets and not knowing where they are going.

Yep….

I kind of want to take up painting, but that’s another story.

So We start off with a short story about Franny, and then we get a longer much longer story about Zooey. Franny’s BROTHER. I don’t think it was only me that thought Zooey was a girl. … ?

I like Zooey so much, he’s so angry yet he doesn’t want to be. I like that, I like that he cares even though he’s sarcastic and sort of weird and kind of cruel but a lovely person over all. Yes, now you know my choice in friends.

I don’t know what else to say about this book, it took me longer to read than i had expected..which is never a good thing.
But nevertheless, I did enjoy it, and like I said, Zooey is lovely.

page 18:

“They’re not,” Franny said. “That’s partly what’s so awful. I mean they’re not real poets. They’re just people that write poems that get published and anthologized all over the place, but they’re not real poets.” She stopped, self-consciously, and put out her cigarette. For several minutes now, she had seemed to be losing color in her face.

page 27:

Lane waited till he had chewed and swallowed, then said, “Why, for God’s sake? I thought the goddamn theater was your passion. It’s about the only thing I’ve ever heard you -”
“I just quit, that’s all,” Franny said. “It started embarrassing me. I began to feel like such a nasty little egomaniac.” She reflected.

page 29:

“All I know is I’m losing my mind,” Franny said. “I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It’s disgusting – it is, it is. I don’t care what anybody says.”

page 85

“That’s the spirit! Make it chicken broth or nothing. That’s putting the ole foot down. If she’s determined to have a nervous break down, the least we can do is see that she doesn’t have it in peace.”

page 95

“You know, I’m the only one in this family who has no problems,” zooey said. “And you know why? Because any time I’m feeling blue, or puzzled, what I do, I just invite a few people to come visit me in the bathroom and – well, we iron things out together, that’s all.”

Posted: December 7th, 2011
Categories: 52 weeks, BOOKS, QUOTES
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