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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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Feb 17, 2011

really liked it

I rolled straight from The Corrections to Freedom (and somehow avoided all the commentary on it). The Corrections seemed to be Franzen’s justification of everyone else – I was sort of wondering who the book was really rooting for, and the book sort of ends with a little flag-wave to Enid and her ridiculous Midwest/Austrian reindeer iconography, who it had invested large chunks of time berating. Freedom seems to present a similar test for Franzen to represent those we (the liberal readers and the liberal author) feel diametrically opposed to. It is a sort of long night of kicking at sheets tucked in too tight, fighting just how annoying the rest of the world is, and how in violation of our principles. Less of a comedy, but some hysterical moments – regarding indie music, criminal defense, overpopulation etc. I remember reading the Patty excerpt on the New Yorker a while back, and she, in my opinion, is the character he has the most sympathy/affection for.

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