Monday, 6 June 2016

Ramadan Kareem!

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Here's wishing you and your family a very prosperous and happy month of Ramadan. 

Zoe Summers

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Why you absolutely need to read FRANNY AND ZOOEY

'Franny and Zooey'  illustrated by Mike Medaglia:

I would never have read a book by Salinger, if it weren't for that one friend. You know, that one friend who explodes into your life, so unexpectedly that you are caught off guard. That friend. So this friend, told me to read the book, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares because apparently, I reminded him of the main character. And the book is written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, so it was obviously amazing, but the best thing about it is that I discovered Salinger. And I am ever so grateful for that.

I, if somewhat predictably, started off with The Catcher In The Rye. I admit that I was scared to get into it because of all the mixed reviews people have about it. But they were unfounded; I absolutely loved it. Holden Caulfield, may be self-righteous at times, but he is real. He is an embodiment of how we all feel at that time in our lives. How we feel wronged and how the world seems to be against us and how everything just seems pointless if we're all going to die.

But it was Franny and Zooey, that truly resonated with me. It was so relatable. The book deals with a girl, who seemingly has everything, who suffers a nervous breakdown and is severely confused about her spirituality. The book is about a boy who doesn't really know what he's doing. He's confused by the severity of his decisions. He is frustrated with the world and he's frustrated with his family. But the thing is, he loves his sister very much and he understands that she's at that stage in her life where she isn't sure of anything and he is very worried about her.

J.D. Salinger - Seriously, are we LIVING or just existing??:
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger

If you've read Salinger's works, you'd know about the Glass family. You'd know that they are a family of five brothers and two sisters. And you would also know that Seymour, who along with Buddy was the eldest of the Glass children had committed suicide some years prior to when Franny and Zooey is set. Seymour's death has a huge impact on the lives of all the members of the Glass family. It also have been what had lead to Franny having the nervous breakdown.

Now, I'm not going to analyze the book for the risk of completely ruining it and doing it complete injustice. All I'm going to say is that everyone of us needs a Zooey in our lives; because we've all been a Franny at one, or many points in our lives. We need someone who has a semblance of understanding us. Who is there for us. Who is our voice of reason. Who is so pretentiously wise, that you can't help but begrudgingly fall in love with him. That's what I love about Salinger's characters; they're real. You could pass them on the subway or at you local Starbucks and know nothing about them.
watercolor by rocketrictic, quote from j. d. salinger (via flickr):
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey:
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
It is imperative that you read this book before you die, because it will connect with you and because if you don't, you're missing out on something that is potentially life-changing.

Zoe Summers