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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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Jan 05, 2011

really liked it
Read from January 05 to 13, 2011

I owe Jonathan Franzen an apology. 100 or so pages (less that 20%) into Freedom I (essentially) criticized the book as being to harsh and depressing. After finishing it today I feel like i have to be careful about what I read next because it will likely pale in comparison. The most interesting part of the book for me are the strong female characters, each of which are, at different times. intelligent, pathetic, sexual, powerful, weak and redemptive.

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Mark Gurvis I'm curious what made you furious originally? Franzen is one of the more brutally honest dissectors of the zeitgeist... can be painful to view...

Pablo I think what bothered me most was that he seemed to be intentionally making his characters and their lives unlikeable, almost flagrantly thumbing his nose at the reader and the idea of the sympathetic protagonist (or, in this case, protagonists).

It's not that I think protagonists have to be "good" people or "nice guys," but I actually was starting to feel anger toward the stupid choices these characters were making.

But I got over it (or, maybe it's better to say that I got over myself). I have to admit that I not only enjoyed the book, but I was thoroughly impressed. I disliked The Corrections, but I may have to revisit it. I just picked up How to be Alone and can't wait to start reading the essays.

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