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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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Feb 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: grades-10-and-up, classics, religion, grade-10, grades-11-12

“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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February 27, 2012 – Finished Reading
February 29, 2012 – Shelved
February 29, 2012 – Shelved as: grades-10-and-up
February 29, 2012 – Shelved as: classics
February 29, 2012 – Shelved as: religion
August 27, 2016 – Shelved as: grade-10
August 27, 2016 – Shelved as: grades-11-12

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