Author: Jonathan Franzen
Inspired me to learn about: Carving out character descriptions through the use of first, second and third person narration.
Jonathan Franzen weaves an intricate tale in Freedom; which although does not have a plot that grabs, it held my attention sufficiently because of its almost mundane subject matter – the life of a contemporary middle class American family grappling with issues of love, marriage, infidelity and disappointment.
Reading it did feel voyeuristic at times because The Berglunds – though struggling through their less-than-average issues are quite the average family.I found myself liking them in the beginning; charmed by Patty’s cheerful and contagious enthusiasm to everything, and Walter’s steadfast focus on his beliefs – then went to finding them quite unbearable as they fumbled through their sometimes simple, and other times melodramatic lives; and finally rooting for them to get it together towards the end when it becomes apparent that although they bring out the worst in one another, they are also well-suited in their complicated and poignant emotions.
An average read that has made me curious about his first novel ‘Corrections’.
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