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Without authorial compassion for his troubled characters, those characters’ development gets arrested at a half-baked, shallow level, no matter how frantically Franzen limns their consciousnesses. Although Freedom may have been the best choice of title, others would have been far more fitting based on the characters that populate the novel.

But fundamentally, it is also an illustration of hope.

Despite having married Connie, Joey continues to flirt with Jenna. Is this the way of the world, Franzen seems to be asking? Melodrama would, I suppose, be a kinder term than soap opera or gossip columnbut that genre designation carries certain associations — blatant artificiality, crying-on-the-outside catharsis, stylistic opulence — that don’t apply here. It has best seller written all over it; which, again, jknathan its power and its limitation.

Did I want a bleak, almost sullen, portrayal of America in the new century? And Ojnathan seems ironically bold yet appropriate for a contemporary novelist to explore relevant American social issues through the artistic lens of undiluted realism.

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She eventually betrays Walter in a brief affair with Richard, during a stay at the Berglunds’ vacation house located next to an unnamed lake in Minnesota. Nov 14, Justine rated it really liked it. If it was well written, then maybe. Liebrtad was like coke cut heavily with nasty meth. I thought that I would not see anything new until Franzen made us of the environmental issues as his very novel backdrop.


They were a vital part of my world. Which again brings up his limitations, at least in Freedom.

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Six years after she left Walter, Patty runs into Richard, who is now comfortable with his success. Franzen himself is in a prison, and from that prison attempted to write a great novel rivalling the great ones of the 19th century: Paul—the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation.

But oh — fanzen like His thing with Connie was too intense and strange — too sincere, too muddled with love- to be fungible as coin of bragging. My criterion for the fourth star is that I itch to read it, and I itched like crazy while reading it. In an interview with Dave Haslam on October 3, Franzen discussed why he had called the book Freedom:. The penultimate section of the novel is a follow-up chapter to Patty’s autobiography, written specifically for Walter.

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Okay, I did feel let down by this book; again, I really liked it. Although “mistakes” continue to abound, the novel could almost have been called “The Connections”.

Pretending to care but not really caring about anything anyway? Otherwise, beginnings, ends, middles–they’re all arbitrary. Not much, mind you. Abridged for your convenience in list form Before you think I’m mean, please note that “freedom is terrible” is kind of the point of Franzen’s book: You can be given enough rope to hang yourself.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ironically, there is one ancillary character who is pretty tolerable and has the potential to significantly change one of the main characters, but she is suddenly and randomly killed off, causing me to throw the book and wish that it had been anyone—nay everyone—else in the book!

Oprah Winfrey made Freedom her first book club selection ofsaying, “this book is a masterpiece. Anyway – pretty ghastly. You probably will, too. Unlikeable, uptight, troubled, upper-class ,white characters living unhappy privileged lives. But when the book took off from their it went into different directions that just fell flat for me. In fact, despite all the Oprah hoopla Which he described as a fiasco, not because of anything that he or Oprah did, but because the whole thing got blown out of proportion.

Important to America Freedom! In short, my formal adoration of Freedom was simply a forgone conclusion, an eventuality waiting to transpire. I don’t claim to be the world’s closest reader, but I just don’t see the profundity in that. The things we saw in our parents, we try to recreate with our kids.

Books by Jonathan Franzen.