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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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Feb 29, 12

bookshelves: grades-10-and-up, classics, religion
Read in February, 2012

“Franny” and “Zooey” were originally published as two separate works. Given that they’re brother and sister, it makes sense to bind them. Given their upbringing as ultra-intelligent seekers of truth, it’s impossible to pull them apart.

No doubt there’s an important spiritual message here. Maybe even more important than Zooey’s declaration that Christ is the most intelligent man in the Bible. But I’m most impressed by this fact: even the smallest character actions are pinpoint manifestations of their neuroses. Franny’s boyfriend, Lane, is a wondrous cad. Bessie, the mom, is a meddling prima donna. Her invasion of Zooey’s bath is as cringe-worthy as the “Modern Family” episode that features Cameron’s Mom and Mitchell. Maybe moreso, because Zooey treats his mom like a verbal punching bag.

Zooey calls Franny “Buddy” too often, and the spiritual revelation doesn’t quite work, but any book that reminds me of “Modern Family” is worth a read.
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