Friday, March 25, 2011

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

A 2010 Oprah Book Club Selection

Freedom is a bit of a tough read, but it is so worth it.  It covers the lives of Walter and Patty Berglund, their friend Richard, their children, and family, detailing the ups and downs of their lives.  It is written from everyones perspective, going back and forward in time, causing the reader constant adjustments to voice and time.  The characters are wonderfully read, vibrant, and human.  There are several funny moments.  It treats the bad moments with a matter-of-factness that allows the reader to continue reading knowing that live goes on.  Ultimately the book was wonderful!  A thoughtful, well-written book about life and living and the choices we make.  I'm so glad I stuck with it.  I will have the book in my thoughts for some time.

A final note--the book itself is well made.  It was bound with thick quality paper.  A joy to hold and read.  I love the cover!

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