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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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Sep 13, 2010

liked it

There was so much press about this book that I had to read it and I thought it was time I delved into literary contemporary fiction. Patty and Walter Berglund are realistic characters and they could be anyone’s neighbors living right next door or down the street. Both try so hard to be good parents, friends and responsible citizens and it all blows up in their faces.

It is a long book and I did manage to finish it. I found Patty a bit mystifying, weak in a way yet strong in others. I found more sympathy with Walter. Their children are strange but the gene pool of Patty’s family could support what happens to the son while the daughter seemed to be drawn as a replica of Walter’s mother. So no matter how one tries the crazy relative genes win out.

The theme of the book obviously is freedom. Freedom from the ties that bind us - children, family, work, friends and I suppose society.


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