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Because he gets the kind of attention that similarly libegtad women wouldn’t get, while writing about topics that aren’t considered Serious when women write about them. Walter and Patty, the married couple, were every bit as inconstant and not just towards each other as they were intelligent or at least meant to be. Retrieved March 19, There are articulate and smart criticisms of my personal favorite theme: For this, I wanted them all to die as soon as possible so the book would end.

To find every aspect average is not the same as combining extreme likes and dislikes that tally to the same net amount. Ross Douthat of First Things praised the “stretches of Freedom that read like a master class in how to write sympathetically about the kind of characters” with an abundance of freedom. Patty doesn’t immerse herself lobertad Eliza’s bohemian lifestyle directly, it’s more like she passes through it as a cultural tourist.

Nov frannzen, Justine rated it really liked it.

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Are you kidding me? View all 40 comments. The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and laa. Aside from, of course, the sex-aaaay seXXX level, since all musicians are spectacular in bed View all 43 comments.

Sep 02, Krok Zero rated it it was ok Shelves: All of us, parents, went into it, without any classroom lectures. When she’s raped at 17, her jonatnan makes an effort to say the proper things but sells her out to advance her political career. Patty reveals that she libertsd not talked to Walter for six years.


In a way it was more depressing this franzfn because for some characters, over some jonathhan, he actually made me care. Patty is as despicable as any Franzen character and for that I loved her. If you really start feeling isolated and pathetic, just sleep around and then call him to tell him ffanzen about it: And you quickly find that you not only start to wish the characters thorough unhappiness, but further, you actually long for some kind horrible nuclear disaster to clear the slate so that Franzen can just start over with an entirely new cast midway through the novel.

Freedom started out that way for me, too. Despite losing the Trust’s funding, volunteer applications for his Free Space campaign pour in. You feel for most of the characters, no matter how much you may dislike them.

Despite his vaunted observational acumen — which, to be honest, I found kind of blinkered and basic — Franzen’s treatment of his characters is too often tainted by he-said she-said superficiality. View all 68 comments. It is as if he can not let his characters, and by extension actual people in the world, have any kind of freedom that he himself is incapable of apprehending.

This voice has little to differentiate it from the authorial third person, and rather hard to believe issuing from an johathan, stay-at-home mom. Mar 10, Steve rated it really liked it. See, I associate him, like a lot of people, with that Oprah thing in the nineties, when he withdrew from being in the Oprah bookclub, got lots of shit, and as a result maybe became wildly popular.

I should know better. It was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 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.


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In fact the book made me think of my college life, rather than my current adult life, jonathqn than anything. I would rather read Jonathon Franzen’s descriptions of the void than another wretched moment in the lives of these abysmal characters.

View all 48 comments. As such, I contend that Freedom is terrible. Friendships, despair, loss of hope. In college, she meets Eliza, a self-absorbed train wreck who turns her on to The Velvet Underground and poetry. Understand that I am in a great hurry to arrive in short order wherever I’m going, which is somewhat inexplicable since once I’m there I don’t have much to do, and will probably just sit there, dicking around on the Internet; but while I’m en route, I’m a terror, and slow old ladies be damned!

Rodolfo Mendoza Rosendo added it Mar 10, Based on your definition explain why this story is or is not good literature. Franzen buries his would-be thesis in an aside about somebody’s immigrant grandfather: Yeah, actually I do really think that. ByRichard, in middle-age, has finally found success as a minor indie rock star.

Franzdn book dredged up and forced me to confront many buried ideas and memories, not the least of which was my entire college experience. Let’s see, Freedom is a novel about a family, the Berglunds, and if you want to read a franzeb review of it, I defer to Mike Reynolds. Just as I was reading this section, a stray cat came up on our deck and tried to attack one of our two house kitties through the door screen. Sep 04, David rated it really liked it Shelves: She went to live alone in Brooklyn and worked at a private school, where she found a passion for teaching and coaching young children.

Lee Ann Johnson marked it as to-read Jan 14,