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jonathan franzen + freedom = amazing book

October 22, 2010

You might think it presumptuous to compare Jonathan Franzen’s towering new novel to Tolstoy. As it happens, I needn’t bother, since Franzen has done it for me. Engrossed in War and Peace, one of Freedom’s protagonists – the not-entirely-happily married Patty Berglund – is struck by the resemblance of Natasha Rostov’s romantic travails to her own divided affections: for her husband, the earnest, loving Walter, and for his best friend, a rogueish minor rock star named Richard Katz. “The effect those pages had on her, their pertinence,” writes Franzen, “was almost psychedelic.”

Go and get this book….


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