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,