Speakers Push Air


Read: Freedom
October 30, 2011, 11:13 pm
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Bit confused by this one. It’s a very, very good book. I couldn’t read it fast enough, I didn’t want it to end. But it wasn’t great. Somehow The Corrections felt great. Even with its flaws.

Franzen’s a fantastic writer but what he’s writing is, when you boil it down, just middle class family sagas, with some contemporary – but not necessarily essential – context (its reputation as some sort of post-911 state of the nation address is a little mystifying). He’s not unlike a slightly darker, slightly less sentimental John Irving: long, tightly plotted, vivid but slightly implausible dramas.

So yes, somehow Freedom manages to be both very good and a bit disappointing. That’s expectations for you.


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