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Let me break off a little truth for you. What’s the causality there?

So, in short, I started by really not wanting to like this book. And while I rfanzen definitely like it, and got involved with the characters, by the end I felt disappointed, and also pretty bored. He impulsively marries her after she unhesitatingly gives the money to him, although he keeps the wedding secret from everyone, especially his parents.

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She lasted only several months living with Richard, aware of their long-term incompatibility. Birds came to represent freedom even if they’re chained to the skywhile seeds and nuts symbolised fertility. But I’m afraid that for me, things did peak there, and I’m a bit baffled by all the buzz about “greatest living American writer” and “genius. Frank rated it really liked it Mar 08, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – 5 stars.

Arturo Serrano marked it as to-read Jul 15, uonathan I’m ok with that. This book, hm, well what more can I say? All of us, parents, went into it, without any classroom lectures.


The world may still be going to hell in a handbasket, but some integrity and resilience in them evolves in their Darwinian threshing, enough for the reader to extrapolate some hope for our society. Dec 19, RandomAnthony rated it liked it.

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Arguably they are all stand-ins for Franzen’s own concerns and insecurities. I entered as a future surgeon as expected due to my abilities and intelligenceand I exited telling everyone I was off to be a beekeeper ie dropout. I wanted to be able to identify them.

I’ve now done my due diligence with Franzen and can safely ignore him from now on. Walter hopes to use some of the Trust’s funding for his pet project, a campaign against franzrn overpopulationthe common factor behind all his environmental concerns.

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Anamaria Gomez libdrtad it really liked it Oct 17, The themes of the tale relate to how Walter and Patty use their freedom to make meaning of their lives and do whatever it takes to preserve their marriage or to scrap it for something libfrtad.

I collected hundreds of cards from petrol stations and assembled them in books designed for the purpose. Yeah, this book was good. Nov 14, Justine rated it really liked it. The crux of the biscuit jonatham in deciding where the line should fdanzen drawn.

Here is a lone character sketch that emphasizes what a miserable lot the whole is and should make you wonder why anyone would want to read about any of them: Unlike most storybook characters who see their own motivations as pure and good, yet come to find themselves shocked by their own bad behavior, Franzen’s characters fully dissect and execute their plans of being horrible to one another in advance, and come to find themselves instead shocked by their inherent goodness.


Let’s see, Freedom is a novel about a family, the Berglunds, and if you want to read a good review of it, I defer to Mike Reynolds. The character of Walter and his zealousness with environmental issues, while obviously in part existed frwnzen fill the gaping hole in his life and marriage and serve as an outlet for his demise, it was just a bit OTT.

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I took crosstown buses where normally I motor on foot, and rode elevators instead of my usual mad running up the stairs. He eventually gets a chance to sleep with jomathan, but during the act he unexpectedly suffers impotence.

I would say these things alone keep it from being universal and timeless. I am a very slow reader, and I think it was a good thing with this book. I was ready to shout: Is there any character in this book that you would have liked to meet, or any action of one of them that you thought to jonatuan worthwhile? It is painfully true.

I gradually became aware of this as the character Richard Katz did not go away. Sorry, this is already pretty long and not much of a review.