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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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Aug 06, 09

really liked it
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Read in January, 2009

Yesterday was the day of Rakshabandhan, an Indian festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters, and I spent this day a few thousand miles away from my siblings. Last night I spent 2 hours at the dinner table talking to my roommate about those years when I used to celebrate Rakshabandhan at home with my sister and brother, about the years when we were growing up together. After yesterday's somewhat long dinner, I picked up Franny and Zooey from the page where I had left it the previous day. And within the next few pages, I was reading this wonderful dialogue between a sister and a brother. The book hadn't been particularly engaging for me so far, now suddenly it struck a chord with me. Franny, the sister, is undergoing an existential crisis and having a nervous breakdown. It is her brother Zooey who holds her hand, understands her and guides her out of it. Their house still holds the fragrance of their childhood days. Differently from The Catcher in the Rye which focuses only on Holden, here we can see the role of the family in shaping the views and opinions of Franny and Zooey. If it is this family that was in some way responsible for bringing about Franny's crisis, it is her family itself that helps her get through it.

And that is just one of the possible ways in which one could remember this book. It is capable of speaking to different people in a different manner, possibly in a very personal manner. The narrator of the story himself brings up the debate about it being a mystical story or a love story. It could easily be either one or both depending on the reader. Franny raises several profound questions and Zooey provides very thoughtful answers. Franny's questions could be rephrased to mirror some of the questions we might have faced at one point or another. And Zooey's answers could resonate with our own lives in some way. One is likely to spend more time thinking about this novel than in actually reading it.
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message 1: by Claire (new)

Claire S Good to know, very encouraging! I'll move forward as a copy becomes available in my world.. thanks! - Katie

message 2: by Ally (new)

Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & Franny and Zooey is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...

message 3: by Sujata (new) - added it

Sujata Really well put Megha.With JD Salinger's demise I was really sad and was looking for books other than the Catcher in the Rye(which has been sitting on my PC as a ebook for a few months now) and I found his short stories collection.And reading your review made me want to get all of his books(hard copies this time) this instant.I will get it all as soon as I can.


Megha Brian wrote: "Very nice review. Everybody got more out of Franny and Zoey than I did; maybe I should go back and reread it."

It perhaps depends on whether when you read it happens to be the right time. For me it worked largely because of co-incidental timing.

message 5: by Uday (new) - added it

Uday Desai Beautiful review and helpful too. I am adding this book in my to-read shelf.

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