the found notes
Now, the opinion:
This book spoke to me. I wish I had read it as a teenager because it offers a way to synthesize faith and art in a way that I needed to hear when I was younger. Salinger finds the sacred in pursuits the church sometimes labels as secular, secondary, even selfish. The "terrible secret" is found on the second to last page. Out of context, it's unquotable. In the context of the two-part novella, it's revelatory. And he makes this revelation through the voices of our flawed & flailing protagonists. If you'll excuse me for using a church-y word, it's incarnational writing.
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