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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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Jun 06, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Salinger Fans
Read in January, 1999

F&Z is a novel in two parts. In the first, Franny Glass goes to visit Boston and has lunch with her boyfriend--who she now considers to be pretentious. In addition, she is becoming increasingly disillusioned with society's inauthentic and selfish behavior. As she goes through a very centering religious experience (which is so fascinating) of speaking a prayer so that it almost becomes a heartbeat, Salinger brilliantly complicates the tone. He is so gifted at the power of suggestion. I want to have the book Franny has, I want her meal, her cigarette, her messed-up family. Ironically, it is all these things she HAS that Salinger is cleverly satirizing...

The second part is where Zooey Glass (Franny's older brother)deals a lot more with the interworkings of the Glass parents, how they raised their kids...and what each child is doing as an adult raised in such a unique environment.

Salinger is second to Nabokov for me in his accurate, enticing, and disturbing psychological portrayals of characters.
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