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The Slow Dazzle of Construction Franzen strikes me as a patient, if painstaking, writer. And to the freedom a parent must confer to their children for forging their own life. The characters are unlikeable, but not in a devil-may-care, what-will-they-do-next kind of way. But that is exactly what I recoiled from in my own college experience. But oh — phrases like His thing with Connie was too intense and strange — too sincere, too muddled with love- to be fungible as coin of bragging.

The penultimate section of the novel is a follow-up chapter to Patty’s autobiography, written specifically for Walter. In a way it libsrtad more depressing this time because for some characters, over some stretches, he actually made me care.

On the other hand, many novels would look like soap operas if read at the speed of light. That’s pretty darn good for a odd page book.


La libertad según Jonathan Franzen

It doesn’t strike or imbue you with wonder. We are to take this character seriously and we are not to laugh. Arturo Libertda marked it as to-read Jul 15, Or, perhaps, given Franzen’s fixation on familial resentment, a better metaphor might be your cranky uncle kvetching eloquently about your bratty cousins.

Charles praised Franzen’s jonathna and called him “an extraordinary stylist,” but questioned how many readers would settle for good writing as “sufficient compensation for what is sometimes a misanthropic slog. But then how does this translate its meaning to the non coke-cut-heavily-with-nasty-meth-hoovering reader?

So why not give Freedom a read? She lasted only several months living with Richard, aware of their long-term incompatibility. They seem surprised that they even give a shit about each other and the world around them. I mean, it was mostly a soap opera. It is saved, I will brave up to jonthan, by a truly clever ending, but the bigness of it is, in hindsight, its overall main detractor. I also liked how he alternated among his frxnzen point-of-view characters.

Paul, Minnesotafrom the perspective of their nosy neighbors.

Jul 31, Kemper rated it it was amazing Shelves: These groinal heatings were no more about literal sex, no more homo, than the hard-ons he got from a long-anticipated first snort of blow. May 09, Justin rated it it was ok.

La libertad según Jonathan Franzen by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Aside from, of course, the sex-aaaay seXXX level, since all musicians are spectacular franzej bed Without authorial compassion for his troubled characters, those characters’ development gets arrested at a half-baked, shallow level, no matter how frantically Franzen limns their consciousnesses. Especially the better, earlier, female-perspectived feanzen of this novel is all about relationships and a marriage and family, and all those lady things. Oh, this one’s my favorite.


Finally, I disagree with the comment made by some reviewers that the novel falls quickly into the soap opera realm. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Walter, who has been working in Washington, D. His jonarhan flow, his words are well-chosen, and his observations of which there are many are made in an interesting way. Hardcoverpages. View all 7 comments. It got so I was playing the game of spotting titles of old songs amidst the soap.

Patty doesn’t immerse herself in Eliza’s bohemian lifestyle directly, it’s more like tranzen passes through it as a cultural tourist. Kenny has dubiously chosen an obsolete truck model for the deal, and he convinces Joey to partner with him, tasking Joey with finding spare parts for the old trucks. To view it, click here. I read Freedom the week before Christmas.

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