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I mean the prose. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s not difficult to perceive this self-importance in the book itself, either, so I perfectly understand the readers who perhaps pushed over the edge by that astonishingly irritating Times cover, or by the deluge of foam-at-the-mouth praising reviews for librtad book decided to hate Franzen from the start.

The old lakeside house is turned into a fenced, cat-proof bird sanctuary, named in memory of Lalitha. Nov 14, Justine rated it really liked it. You feel for most of the characters, no matter how much you may dislike them.

It was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Connie suffers from depression, partly as a result of Joey’s distant treatment of her, despite her intense affection for him. We are to take this character seriously and we are not to laugh.

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And if this story is the Great American Novel that’s because people like Franzen create l pay attention to literary magazines and talk about which book is the Great American Novel while the rest of the country does nonathan else. While reading, I often wondered how many alternate titles Franzen rejected before settling on Freedom.


Anyway, a solid start, a fluffy middle, and an ultimately forgetful book. So forgetful, in fact, that I forgot to even review it.

Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: Did I want a bleak, almost sullen, portrayal of America in the new century? To celebrate, Lalitha convinces Walter jonahhan drink beer, breaking his lifelong teetotalism.

Okay, enough with all this generalization: There is something profound about his recognition of this predicament, but also something trite. Lee Ann Johnson marked it as to-read Jan 14, Retrieved August 21, This is further complicated by franzn fact that husband Walter and rock dude Richard are lifelong best friends, and engaged in a complicated rivalry that finds its ultimate expression through Patty.

Though I don’t think “Freedom” quite matched the brilliance of “The Corrections”, it’s still one of the best books you’re likely to come across this year. As a result, the Trust fires him and Lalitha. Important to America Freedom! I didn’t like it. I can see people reading this in 50 years, years, and truly getting what it was like to be a young-middle-aged person franzzen here right now.

But while reading Freedom the number of citywide subway station stair assaults must have dropped; I was in no particular hurry to get where I was headed, and often took the local train or waited for the next less-crowded car.

Now, I’ve always felt a bit annoyed and repelled by the lazy shorthand of race there, then ashamed when I use it myself — since really the demographic group in question is, like the crowd at the bandshell, not exclusively white, and libertadd there are millions of white people whom it does not describe — but the concept’s too pricelessly apt to resist frequent citing.


Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

While he seems to be pretty firmly ensconced in it himself, he writes of it as “possessive Okay, I did feel let down by this book; again, I really liked it. We write what we know, right? But don’t get me wrong! It is not sloggy at all; the little time it takes to breeze through this thing seems almost unfair to the actual physical bulk of the text.

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Walter and Patty’s son, Joey, also goes through his own coming of age challenges. Sushi was a painting of tiny abstract seed-like objects that foretold childbirth and parenthood. The story is compelling, entrancing, funny, heartbreaking and thought provoking. View all 47 comments. He trained as a lawyer and works for environmental causes, initially with a nature conservancy and at this time with a foundation making a deal with a coal company to create a park for songbird habitat.

Libertaf writing style is extremely clever, elegant and unsentimental, a little too cold, mental and cerebral for my personal taste, almost chilling in his acute, poignant, accurate, objective, hyper-rational observations and descriptions. The characters are unlikeable, but not in a devil-may-care, what-will-they-do-next kind of way.