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Impressions of Freedom and Franzen

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message 1: by Noomninam (last edited Feb 05, 2014 01:04PM) (new)

Noomninam | 20 comments Mod
Just getting started, but I'm immediately struck by the book beginning with an extended character study – albeit a very entertaining neighborhood portrait. This goes completely against the minimalist, "show, not tell" writing style espoused by all the creative writing teachers I had (the same generation of educators whose approval DFW both sought and rejected). Not unlike Michael Chabon in mood and style – but again, I'm only a few pages in. What does anyone else think?

message 2: by Thomas (new)

Thomas | 4 comments Mod
I think you're spot on about it, John. It's been a siphoning of action through character development. But very entertaining early on. As a fan of sprawl (Wallace and the only Chabon I read, Kavalier and Klay), I like it so far.

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