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Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

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            Okay—we all know Salinger is awesome.  But sometimes several people think that reflexively but do not really know he is awesome—that awesome.  Most people read Catcher in the Rye in high school and just kind of went along with Salinger’s mythos as being awesome.  However, this book will show you just how awesome he really is, and why he is awesome.  It is a very simple story.  This is no grand epic crossing centuries and a generation of Samurais.  It’s better (cross our hearts).  Really, it is.  And if we told you the story you would refuse to even look at it.  With that all said this book also has a pretty rare and extremely useful magical quality: extra strength escapism.  If you are waiting to see if you have a brain tumor; or waiting to see if your crush will text you back and say OK I’ll see that movie with you; or if you are waiting to get out of jail or boarding school or a horrible, very long flight this book is the cure.  If you open this book and start to read it it will suck you in and spit you out when you have finished the book.  You will not stop reading until it is done and you are not in any world but Franny and Zooey’s.

Malady: Nervous Anticipation

Desire: Extra Strength Escapism

Category: Fiction, Literature, Classics, Short Stories & Anthologies

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