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Freedom By Jonathan Franzen,

  • Title: Freedom
  • Author: Jonathan Franzen
  • ISBN: 9780007269754
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the New York Times Book Review s Top 10 Books of 2010Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St Paul the gentrifiers, the hands on parents, the avant garde of the Whole Foods generation Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job She was an enviablyOne of the New York Times Book Review s Top 10 Books of 2010Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St Paul the gentrifiers, the hands on parents, the avant garde of the Whole Foods generation Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter s dreams Together with Walter environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man she was doing her small part to build a better world.But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal What exactly is Richard Katz outre rocker and Walter s college best friend and rival still doing in the picture Most of all, what has happened to Patty Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become a very different kind of neighbour, an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street s attentive eyes In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom s characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.
    Freedom One of the New York Times Book Review s Top Books of Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St Paul the gentrifiers the hands on parents the avant garde of the Whole Foods gen

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    1. I read Freedom the week before Christmas What was I thinking Did I want a bleak, almost sullen, portrayal of America in the new century And not a complete one, either, but limited to privileged white people Why didn t I just sit on the couch, get drunk, and watch Salt and Easy A Ok, I did that, too, but my kids were off of school and apparently believe they should get to watch television as well, so I went upstairs and read away a few afternoons Stupid Freedom Mr Franzen, you re good Most writer [...]

    2. Update 9 23 Jonathan Franzen was in town doing a reading signing last night, and after listening to him talk, I m officially backing off of theory 1 below He does not seem like a douche bag, at all In fact, despite all the Oprah hoopla Which he described as a fiasco, not because of anything that he or Oprah did, but because the whole thing got blown out of proportion and the backlash after the early raves for Freedom, Franzen came across as remarkably down to earth and funny He seems like a very [...]

    3. Here s the thing about this book I was really expecting to enjoy it I say that for two reasons The first is The Corrections Not the book itself, which is still quietly residing on my shelf, waiting for its day in the sun Nay, I speak of the buzz You see, I know people And a lot of those people read things And some of those things were their own copies of The Corrections And the buzz was, as far as I could tell, that the people that I know liked The Corrections In fact, their only complaint seeme [...]

    4. Okay, so earlier this summer I was waiting to see The National play Prospect Park Of course you were, Jessica but bear with me, that s my point , and I sent a text message to the guy who d given me the tickets, thanking him again and observing that White People don t LIKE seeing The National play Prospect Park White People LOVE seeing The National play Prospect Park This was a reference, of course, to the oft quoted blog that holds a very high place on the seemingly endless list it identified, o [...]

    5. This book hoovers you into its world from the first page and before you know what s what you ve missed your bus stop and you are into it But there are problems Yes I will tell you about some of them You would expect no less of me.I was reading along with the main character Patty Berglund s autobiographical statement Mistakes Were Made p 27 187 and was lapping it up until soap bubbles began appearing between me and the page The bubbles became suds undeniable suds I could not divest myself of the [...]

    6. After reading Wuthering Heights, I had this idea I should make a bookshelf called Assholes and Asshats, a little place that could serve as a warning to people who immediately disregard books containing characters they have trouble relating to and sympathizing with You know, jerks, dickwads, the stoney cold and self involved, the pompously mean and rich or bitterly poor and junk addled characters loitering about within the pages of many harder to swallow books Personally, I have both experienced [...]

    7. Freedom is Terrible, by Katie G Abridged for your convenience in list form Before you think I m mean, please note that freedom is terrible is kind of the point of Franzen s book Freedom doesn t get you what you want Uninhibited, it brings a whole slew of problems along with it and, assuming you re not a slave or living in North Korea, the fact that your life is miserable is not due to a lack of freedom Ironically, you can also substitute the book Freedom for the word freedom above, and it doesn [...]

    8. UPDATED.To keep in style of the book this review will be just a lot of rambling I mean, it was mostly a soap opera And I just don t do soap operas I can just about manage about 10 minutes every 5th episode, but that s about it And Franzen submitted me to 570 bloody pages of a soap opera which I had to digest in a few sittings Like in all soap operas, everything ends well and love conquers all, of course some characters might have to be killed off along the way, but it seems like a small price to [...]

    9. Uh oh I didn t like it Review coming up faster than you can say jismic grunting butt oink Would you think me a nutjob if I told you that Franzen s Freedom reads less like a novel than like an extremely articulate gossip column Hear me out.I admit that it can be difficult for me to appreciate the kind of undiluted realism that Franzen favors, because so much of what I value in art is tied into one form of defamiliarization or another Simply putting a mirror up to the world can be interesting, eve [...]

    10. Times I hear, You either love him or hate him, I often both love him and hate him In feeling lukewarm, there s a distinction to be made in how you got there To find every aspect average is not the same as combining extreme likes and dislikes that tally to the same net amount I d rather feel strongly both ways So here s my highly variable assessment of Franzen and his latest.On the like side of the ledger, I have to give him his due for being one helluva good writer His sentences flow, his words [...]

    11. Take two parts Tom Wolfe, one part Charles Dickens, stir in generous portions of current events and humor, breath over it tragedy like pouring vermouth on a very dry martini, bake in a pan of realistic humanism and you have this wonderful book called Freedom We get to know four generations of Berglands, from the comfortable but restraining farms of Sweden to the comfortable but restraining backwoods of Minnesota We get to learn family dynamics and are privy to relationships that work and many th [...]

    12. Background I decided to give in to the hype and read this book by the new American voice of our generation, the first author to grace the cover of Time in than a decade, Jonathan Franzen only after I heard him speak in Hartford He seemed like a nice guy, with a kinda dry, almost bashful humor Plus, he was friends with David Foster Wallace So why not give Freedom a read It seemed fairly reasonable to expect this to be good literature Explanatory Digression The state of CT uses the CAPT as the st [...]

    13. Have you ever had a dysfunctional relationship with your parents had a college best friend that turned out to be toxic started up as an idealist but then compromised into working for the dark side cheated on your nice guy husband with his cool best friend had a teenage son who ran away from home to shack up with the neighbor s underage daughter been corrupted by the military industrial complex If you answer yes to any of the above queries, you would probably be able to recognize a part of yourse [...]

    14. 2015 REVIEW Free Birds NowI dreaded reading this novel for many years There was a lot of media focus on the bird watching theme, and I once endured an interview with Franzen at a writers festival that seemed to address nothing else I have to confess, though, that I spent much of my own childhood fascinated by native birds I collected hundreds of cards from petrol stations and assembled them in books designed for the purpose One of my favourite books was What Bird is That I wasn t so much a Volvo [...]

    15. Mrs Flick has been wholeheartedly pushing this book on Liana and I finally I got my paws on it, and the verdict is this medium well If this were a cut of meat, it would be messy, ugly, but tasteful there would be much blackness on the outside Franzen is quite the oxymoron he s incredibly vivid in his very opaqueness there are four members of the Berglund family and only three get to have their stories unfold the elusive daughter is not worthy, apparently, of a narrative space and the juices are [...]

    16. There s was no way for me to read Freedom and not compare it to The Corrections No chance I fiercely loved The Corrections and was expecting to love Freedom so much less than I actually did It was probably a little unfair to go into it with that attitude, I just assumed this was a rebound book and the reviews are so mixed But I was pulled into the story instantly and was enthralled 99% of the time That s pretty darn good for a 600 odd page book The similarities between the two books are sparklin [...]

    17. A fulsome and satisfying read He is old fashioned in the way he makes the reader feel like an ally of the narrator, or author himself sometimes, from an omniscient perspective, and then slipping in a modern way into the thoughts, perceptions, and feelings of the characters Beyond morality tales of the likes of Dickens, he has that modern balance of humor and pathos like in novels of Bellow and Updike Tragicomedies that don t really go over the top like Tom Wolfe does or drift into meta spaces l [...]

    18. Shamelessly conventional, both in style especially in style and subject Packed with adverbs Multitudes of awkward passages Lacking in musicality Poetryless Written as if English were a tool rather than an instrument Super shrill three of the four main characters seem to speak and even think at only the highest volume There are no conversations, only arguments Timid of mystery and everything is explained Chock full of contemporary zzzzzzzz trivia and contemporary zzzzzzz culture At times, I felt [...]

    19. The only freedom Franzen s characters have is the freedom to turn back into the various prisons of their familial lives This is the power inherent in his work and also its limitation There is something profound about his recognition of this predicament, but also something trite It is as if he can not let his characters, and by extension actual people in the world, have any kind of freedom that he himself is incapable of apprehending Franzen s own anxieties and neuroses suffuse this novel, in fac [...]

    20. It s not a deal breaker for me, but if you are someone who is emotionally wedded to liking the characters in a book, or even one of the characters, you might want to steer clear of this novel That is not to say the author doesn t get it right His talent comes through loud and clear with the layered and nuanced Patty and Walter Berglund, kids Joey and Jessica, family friend Richard Katz and others Shallow, vain, self loathing, whining individuals full of personal pathos Personal liberties versus [...]

    21. I loved this book Could not put it down What made it so compelling for me was Franzen s acute psychological eye, his ability to get inside family dynamics and deconstruct relationships, to create tension and suspense through the ways we get along with each other And don t Patty is a gifted athlete growing up in a family that doesn t value athletics When she s raped at 17, her mother makes an effort to say the proper things but sells her out to advance her political career Patty has the wildly un [...]

    22. I read this in slightly less than 24 hours and am currently nursing the most painful kind of book hangover You know the old how can this be over how can I possible follow this up did I really sit up reading this until 4 am sort of feeling Freedom really is that good, good in that way that you will so absorbed while reading it that it won t even occur to you how good it was until you hate to turn the last page Anyway, I ll save the longer review for a few weeks.In the meantime, enjoy it.

    23. Let s talk for a second about Ego I think this is the perfect place to do that First of all, because Ego is a thing that we avid readers and writers are very generously gifted with Second, because Mr Franzen s Ego can only be compared to something like Mt Everest No let s do Jupiter Don t get me wrong, I don t see Ego as a bad thing per se It just comes with the package in the very first years of your life, giving you a strong personality, opinions, leadership, and often some basic arrogance, en [...]

    24. Scattered observations Writers probably can t ever ditch certain fundamental aspects of their style With DFW it s the slightly manic, ever looping association of ideas as his brain connects his current thought to stuff you would never have imagined Franzen seems unable to dodge the unevenness trap brilliant for long stretches, interspersed with material that is either preachy, superfluous, or both Less powerful than The Corrections because his characters are less universal Arguably they are all [...]

    25. It seems ironically bold yet appropriate for a contemporary novelist to explore relevant American social issues through the artistic lens of undiluted realism Within the context of a dying book industry, one desperately trying to convince consumers that fiction is still an appealing, worthwhile commodity to invest their time and money in, it s often better to play it safe and tug on heartstrings and connect, than to fuss around with experimentation in the interest of moving things forward And re [...]

    26. Frank, honest, sad yet not in any way melodramatic These are, for me, what make Freedom stands out from the other American contemporary novels that emphatically talk about dysfunctional families without eliciting reactions from your tear ducts Franzen made a lot of sense when he expressed his concern over the inclusion of The Corrections among Oprah s books because most of Oprah s books are told in the point of view of women and so they are womanly in perspectives and so they are read mostly by [...]

    27. A friend of mine loaned me this book via Nook s Lend Me option which is both gay and retarded I didn t realize at the time neither of us did that the book is only on loan for 14 days and can only be loaned once So what happened was, I didn t finish I had about 150 pages left when I got a very rude alert telling me, essentially, to have a good day Anyway, the ending that I did not read and have no idea about may have compelled me to give this one three stars, but as I have no desire to finish it [...]

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