'Everything everybody does is so - I don't know - not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and - sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.'
First published in the New Yorker as two sequential stories, 'Franny' and 'Zooey' offer a dual portrait of the two youngest members of J. D. Salinger's fictional Glass family.
'Salinger's masterpiece' Guardian
Most of us have heard of The Catcher in the Rye, but did you know J. D. Salinger only had four books published in his lifetime? For those who loved Catcher and want more, or for those who haven't yet picked up one of his books, find your essential Salinger read below in celebration of his 100th anniversary.
A novel in two intertwining stories, Franny & Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and ruptures of entering adulthood. 'Lane Coutell, in a Burberry raincoat that apparently had a wool liner buttoned into it, was one of the six or seven boys out on the open platform. Or rather, he was and he wasn’t one of them.'
Most of us have read or heard of The Catcher in the Rye, but did you know J.D. Salinger only published four books in his lifetime? For those who loved Catcher and want more, or for those who have never picked up a Salinger, take our quiz to see which book you should read in celeberation of this 100th anniversary.