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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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Sep 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: signed, own, type-hardcover

Not exactly a video review, but still an interesting anecdote about Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

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Hear the amazing, 100% true(ish) story of how I got my copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom signed by the author during an author reading in Kansas City on September 22, 2010. You’ll hear the first-hand account of my bravery in the face of an elderly security guard, the strength of punches needed to take babies down, and why I’m glad Franzen is an author rather than a professional investment broker.

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Reading Progress

September 18, 2010 – Started Reading
September 18, 2010 – Shelved
September 23, 2010 – Shelved as: signed
September 23, 2010 –
page 117
20.82% "I'm very skeptical of popular media. If most people like a band, movie, or book, I'm annoyingly against it. So it pains me somewhat to say that after 117 pages, "Goddamn, this is a good book.""
November 7, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 24, 2013 – Shelved as: own
February 23, 2014 – Shelved as: type-hardcover

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message 1: by Colin (new)

Colin McKay Miller Most people went meh on this. Interested to hear your thoughts as to why it was so good.

Caleb Ross I was surprised I liked it so much, to be honest. I'm admittedly a hipster when it comes to books (meaning, if one is popular, I am less willing to admit that I like it), but this guy has such a confidence of language that makes me so jealous.

message 3: by Colin (new)

Colin McKay Miller Cool. I might have to give his works a glance some time. I'm guessing lots of it will pop up used soon.

message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul Eckert I almost wanted to hear a bad review about this one. Like you, I'm suspicious of wildly popular literature, especially books by authors that critics fall over themselves to praise. This is why I may never read David Foster Wallace (actually, I did listen to an abridged version of his essays "Consider the Lobster" on audiobook, and I thought the guy sounded like an arrogant prick).

I've heard good things (mostly) about "The Corrections" as well. I'll have to check them out some day.

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