Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Reading 3/2

Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger

The Glass family is messed up. The first section consists of Franny visiting her boyfriend, going off on rants about phoneys, religion and English Departments across the country before having a breakdown and passing out. Zooeys story takes over where Franny's leaves off. Franny is sleeping on the couch as he reads an old letter from one of his brothers in the bath. His mom barges in berating him with questions and musing. Zooey eventually does talk to Franny showing his intellectual, egotistical side, talking about religion and calling Fanny out on her Jesus Prayer, leaving her in tears before he goes to impersonate his brother in a phone call to Franny.

I truly enjoyed this novel, if you can even call it a novel. One thing I have always loved about Salinger is how real his characters are, even when they are completely fucked up in the head. Franny's self doubt and Zooeys pompous attitude make for intriguing interactions with everyone they come in contact with. The whole of the Glass family is fascinating, if not tragic, making me want to delve deeper into their story.

1 comment:

Lily Child said...

This is definitely a modern classic. I have been meaning to read it. I didn't care much for Catcher in the Rye, but I read that at a much younger age. I wonder what my perspective would be now. Lovely review. :)