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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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really liked it

I almost gave this five stars, but the widespread praise made me pull back a bit. I don't want to be lumped in with the other reviewers who have been so quick to shout 'genius!' and 'masterpiece!' and 'Oprah!'

But the fact is, I quite liked the book. You're taken into this family drama and you just roll along with it. My only problem with it is that the hero of the book, if there is one, is Walter, and Walter seemed to me to be a crank. I liked his best friend Richard, and his (Walter's) wife Patty a lot better. The son was almost unbearable. But still, thoroughly worth reading.

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July 18, 2010 – Shelved
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September 25, 2010 – Finished Reading

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