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Franzen tries, doesn't he, to be original and important and canonical? Trouble is, he's a normal, middle class guy with hypersensitive notions about his own genius. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Big Al
I found this book dead boring. Have come to reluctant conclusion that I don't connect with this author. My fault, not his.Published 5 months ago by Lece
Part of what I like about Franzens writing is that it's all familiar and relatable for me. I'm a northeastern, suburban raised American with doubts and ideals.Published 7 months ago by Ian Carleton
It's always a delight to read Franzen. His writings come from an academically trained mind that did not become too "academic" or patronizing, not to mention the noticeable... Read morePublished 8 months ago by peterabudhabi
There's no doubt that Jonathan Franzen is a gifted wordsmith. His ability to explain events with both clarity and eloquence, while transforming simple anecdotes into absorbing... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jack de L.A.
everyone who cares about good writing should read EVERY SINGLE Franzen Book. He is unlocking a modern place in English letters and each turn of the tumbler is worth seeing for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tahiya