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Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (edição 2010)

por Jonathan Franzen

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The idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbors, green lawyer Walter takes a job in the coal industry, and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged.
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Título:Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Autores:Jonathan Franzen
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 576 pages
Colecções:Read and owned
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    Utilizador anónimo: Both are 500+ page modern epics whose stories originate in the Midwest but this one moves far beyond the territory and scope of Freedom. Represented and sold by same agent as Franzen's book and same UK publisher.
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    Matrimony por Joshua Henkin (susiesharp)
    susiesharp: They are both about the lives of people you learn to care about yet don't always like
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    A Friend of the Earth por T.C. Boyle (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Umweltschützer
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    Unless por Carol Shields (Cecilturtle)
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    In Search of Lost Time por Marcel Proust (allenmichie)
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    The Privileges: A Novel por Jonathan Dee (BillPilgrim)
    BillPilgrim: Another modern family story. Jonathan Franzen recommended The Privileges to the New Yorker book club.
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    The Interestings por Meg Wolitzer (hairball)
    hairball: Similar tone.
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    May We Be Forgiven por A. M. Homes (GCPLreader)
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"hay libros hermosos y luego están los grandes libros. hay libros que emocionan y educan, y luego están los que son menos habituales, los valiosos, los que tienen la fuerza de cambiar nuestra forma de entender la complejidad de este mundo extraño. volver a casa, la primera novela de Yaa Gyasi, pertenece a esa segunda categoría." ( )
  Aido2021 | Mar 4, 2021 |
I thought this was soap operatic, terribly telling (vs. showing), over-historic (lots of "his uncle's grandmother's dog had done X, leading via some long-winded and mostly tangential set of circumstances to some outcome that caused Y"), very contrived, and not at all deft. I expected something heavy on style and got something heavy on cumbersome setup of plot connections that frankly weren't all that interesting. It read to me like a middle draft of something in need of much condensing and rewriting for style. There are literary gestures, but I've panned other books (e.g. Joe Meno's The Great Perhaps) that are rough but whose literary gestures are better). This is not what I expected from the guy being billed as the savior of American literature. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
As with Franzen’s other novels, everyone’s got hangups and skeletons in the closet and he spends the novel dragging these out into the light while the characters kick and scream.

This differs from The Corrections, at least, in that it does all go a bit saccharine at the end. Tying up all the loose ends does seem to me to clash quite a bit with the gritty reality of characters dealing with lives that are less than perfect.

The novel jumps around an awful lot. If you’re not paying attention, you will get lost fast which, in a long book, isn’t helpful. So, hold on tight and keep your hands inside the car.

There’s a fairly tight narrative surrounding a woman called Patty who grows up suffering from the human condition which is compounded by a sexual assault. This results in polar opposite responses from her parents and she never really recovers from the effects of all this.

The point of the novel is that we’re all messed up. I first came across him making this POV 12 years ago when I read Corrections, but, as then, there’s no counterplot to this narrative. The only evolution of his theory that I can discern is that we’re not only doomed personally and interpersonally, but also environmentally too. Yippee.

If you’re into schadenfreude and like to pull the lace curtains back to see what the neighbours are doing, you’ll love this novel. If, on the other hand, you like to get involved in the lives of the broken and see them healed, you’ll have to look beyond Franzen for inspiration. As I suggested back in my Corrections review, only Christ can give you the counternarrative of hope that novels like the ironically-titled Freedom fail to deliver. ( )
  arukiyomi | Dec 27, 2020 |
It has been a very long time since I’ve read a book which insinuates itself like an epiphany on my unsuspecting self or a disease which I can’t get rid of (maybe the same thing?)

In my own subjective and wholly unqualified ranking of masterpieces Franzen’s Freedom is instantly recognizable as a one if only for the microscopic and tender attention paid to every single detail, no matter how painful or casually exquisite. This is an unfair reduction however: there is at least Carver and Updike and Roth and even sometimes Dos Passos in his genes and a ruthless pursuit of mind-blowing prose and plot on every single page, paragraph and word.

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  zedejose | Dec 17, 2020 |
I read my last Franzen book, The Corrections, ten years ago. I remember very little about it except that I liked it. And I really like Freedom. It's chock-full of real characters I care about, whom I feel I know in some way, and yet who are complex enough that they can still act in ways that are surprising. I like Julia Glass for the same reason, for creating characters whose lives intersect in such real and three-dimensional ways that you just keep turning pages to find what they'll do next. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
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One keeps waiting for something that will make these flat characters develop in some way, and finally the Nice Man is struck by a great blow of fate. But rather than write his way through it, Franzen suspends things just before the moment of impact, then resumes Walter’s story six years later—updating us with the glib aside that the event in question “had effectively ended his life.” A writer’s got to know his limitations, but this stratagem is clumsy enough to make one want to laugh for the first time in the book. It certainly beats the part where a wedding ring is retrieved from a bowl of feces.
adicionada por danielx | editarAtlantic, BR Myers (May 13, 2012)
 
 
Franzen is an amateur ethnographer impersonating a fiction writer. His novel is overstuffed with finger-puppet characters and the clutter of contemporary life: there's no reason to know that someone is wearing "Chinese-made sneakers" or that someone else watches Pirates of the Caribbean during a transatlantic flight. Freedom is crammed as well with rants passed off as dialogue and dialogue that either serves no narrative purpose or reeks of research done in the lifestyle pages of the New York Times.
adicionada por lorax | editarThe Nation, John Palatella (Nov 15, 2010)
 
The freedom of Freedom isn't freedom of choice, it's freedom from it; not an expansion but a narrowing. The book's movement is from the abyss of the abstract to the surety of the concrete, from the potential to the actual. You get there not by reinventing yourself in the American vein, by hatching a plan or heading west or donning a disguise. You do it by going home again, by seeing, as if for the first time, what you've already done, and claiming it as your own.
adicionada por zhejw | editarHarper's, Christine Smallwood (sítio Web pago) (Nov 1, 2010)
 
I didn't buy one of the characters, I didn't buy one of the plot twists, I found the stuff about a Halliburton-esque company rather convoluted and I was completely absorbed by the rest. Without question, Freedom is a book that grabs hold of you. When I was in the middle, I thought of its characters even while I wasn't reading about them, and when I was reading it, I read several lines aloud to my husband.
adicionada por Widsith | editarThe Observer, Curtis Sittenfield (Sep 19, 2010)
 

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