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Franny and ZooeyFranny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read Catcher in the Rye, you sort of expect that Franny and Zooey would go to the disturbed, absurd space in a while.

Franny goes to meet her boyfriend over a weekend and is lost and listless. Nothing seems right, everything feels a farce – the only now she is voicing it without concern for anyone else’s feelings. When she faints, Salinger wants us to believe she is finding meaning through prayer, a kind of nirvana by telling the Jesus Prayer incessantly.

Back home, Bessie, Franny and Zooey’s mother, is appealing to Zooey to try and talk sense into Franny or at least find out what’s wrong. As in Catcher in the Rye, we see a special sibling bond between Franny and Zooey. One of irreverence yet concern. Zooey tries to make her see reason from the point of view of the world outside, but Franny seems beyond that, eager to hold on to something which gives her reason to be.

The beauty of the plot lies in how Zooey convinces Franny to see otherwise without disrupting what she believes in.

The book is intense and does take a toll on you while reading it at one go. Too many emotions to handle. Suggested time of reading – during an extended weekend or when you are desperately searching for a different perspective.

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Random thoughts

By the time you hit the 28th year the heat is already on. You will be 30 soon or you are almost 30. Marriage, settled in life and the usual rant.

One day later on the other side of 30, I’m still unmarried and yet settled in life. Settled in my thoughts, settled in the way I live my life, settled in what I do. I’m responsible for what I do. Have the power to say no and the humility to accept that I’m so so very wrong. Have the acceptance of defeat and the ability to bounce back.

On the other hand, when it comes to the other kind of settling, age is just a number waiting to be experimented with each year…

On turning 30