Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Love You, Franny Glass.



I've loved her for years, but it wasn't until two weeks ago that I reread this magnificent book. Now I carry it with me everywhere. Even moreso since Salinger's passing.
How often does a person read a book only to find their every thought and feeling at one point or another reflect back to them on the page?

Observe what I found that resonated with me.

“‘Oh, it’s lovely to see you!’ Franny said as the cab moved off. ‘I’ve missed you.’ The words were no sooner out than she realized that she didn’t mean them at all.

She found herself looking at Lane as if he was a stranger, or a poster advertising a brand of linoleum, across the aisle of a subway car.

“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect…”

“There’s an unwritten law that people in a certain social or financial bracket can name-drop as much as they like just as long as they say something terribly disparaging about the person as soon as they’re dropped his name…”

“I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting.”

“Just because I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values…I’m ashamed of it. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of splash.”


This book makes me feel alive and sparkling! The best kind of feeling that I haven't had for some time now.

Though I must say, I always did find it oddly romantic that Lane kisses her coat lapel.
It always reminds me of a boy I went to high school with who signed my yearbook with very kind and thoughtful remarks and then kissed it and gave it to me.

I also like the Zooey portion of the book, but love the Franny part best.

Briefly, I'd like to mention that as of late, I've had many internship opportunities and settled on one yesterday, with the Fender Music Foundation. I'm so very excited, everything went wonderful at the interview and I'm all on track to help out with social networking. Yay! :)

Love to you all,
Heather

11 comments:

the girl in grey said...

I'll have to pick this up at the library.
XO THE GIRL IN GREY

kim said...

Love that book. Love Catcher in the Rue even more somehow. Congrats on your Internship. What do they do at the Fender Music Foundation?

XXX, Kim

Jaime said...

I read this in high school, I think. Would love to read again and Catcher. Congrats on successful interview! :)

drollgirl said...

i read this book years ago as a teenager and might just need to revisit it!

congrats on the internship. radical!!!! if i had a guitar and a whammy bar (and i knew how to play!), i'd play a little congratulations guitar solo for you! :)

Sadako said...

Never read this one but I really want to now!

Phoenix said...

Congrats on the internship! I loved this book and read it quite a few years ago - Franny is a wonderful character, so quirky and honest. :)

English Rose ♥ said...

Thanks for drawing this book to my attention, I had no idea it existed but I love those quotes and am definitely going to check it out.

Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comment on my blog, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it half as much as I did writing it and I absolutely loved hearing your opinion. Its comments from lovelies like yourself that make blogging worthwhile =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Paulina said...

salinger ha he was crazy. i like him .

Des said...

Wow, congratulations on your internship. I know how stressful that process can be. And I know what you mean when you describe that experience of reading something that you thought only you felt. Salinger, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway all had that ability to make you have that experience.

Love Simone said...

I grew up in New Hampshire and my friends and I would often go on a hunt to find his secluded little home (to no avail unfortunately....well he really didn't want to be found!)

Franny and Zooey is one of my all time favorites!

Krissy ♥ said...

I read and loved The Catcher in the Rye many years ago, and I've always been meaning to read Franny and Zooey. It just keeps slipping my mind. Now with Salinger's death, I'm reminded again to go find me a copy and get to readin'!