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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2010: "The awful thing about life is this:" says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir's Rules of the Game. "Everyone has his reasons." That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with creating merely likeable characters than ones who are fully alive, in all their self-justifying complexity. Freedom is his fourth novel, and, yes, his first in nine years since The Corrections. Happy to say, it's very much a match for that great book, a wrenching, funny, and forgiving portrait of a Midwestern family (from St. Paul this time, rather than the fictional St. Jude). Patty and Walter Berglund find each other early: a pretty jock, focused on the court and a little lost off it, and a stolid budding lawyer, besotted with her and almost burdened by his integrity. They make a family and a life together, and, over time, slowly lose track of each other. Their stories align at times with Big Issues--among them mountaintop removal, war profiteering, and rock'n'roll--and in some ways can't be separated from them, but what you remember most are the characters, whom you grow to love the way families often love each other: not for their charm or goodness, but because they have their reasons, and you know them. --Tom Nissley
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When Patty and Walter Berglund's teenage son moves in with their conservative neighbors and their perfect life in St. Paul begins to unravel, out spill family secrets--clandestine loves, lies, compromises, failures. David Ledoux's masterly narration is powerful and well paced, comic and poignant. He expertly captures Walter and Patty--with her anxious whinny of a laugh--and their family life with its satisfactions and histrionics. Ledoux also deftly renders the gossiping of the Berglund's disingenuous neighbors; the frenetic rants of the drug-addled Eliza; and the weary, disaffected drawl of sleazy musician Richard. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux hardcover (Reviews, July 5). (Sept.) (c)
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Incredible book. Deep, multi-faceted characters, an incredible story, and brilliant prose. A must-read.Published 16 hours ago by Andrea Ott
light, funny, great at the beginning but gets a bit slow and boring at the end.Published 4 days ago by Vitaly Gladyshev
This book effectively captures the beginning of the 21st century as well as any--from the viewpoint of US citizens, that is.Published 7 days ago by Ross Diercks
I really looked forward to reading Freedom after having read the excellent novel, The Corrections, by Franzen. Read morePublished 16 days ago by C. Collins
I felt that several things dragged this book down. The characters were too flawed, so much that the reader could not like any of them, and they expressed themselves with way too... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bunnyrabbitson
Slow start but after the first 100 pages you can't put it down. I didn't want it to end.Published 18 days ago by Donna McKenna Blood
Jonathan Frazen did a beautiful job at portraying the realness and cruelty of love and life. Emotions came out of the pages and filled the room I was reading in.Published 21 days ago by Matthew Herman
Oh, how to even begin reviewing this book? I could go on for hours, days, weeks. I can't remember the last time a book made me want to kill myself. But FREEDOM did just that. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Clarice