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I had never read a such a wonderful book. The author uses a technique never before seen, amazing the reader with the many planes of reality he weaves into the plot!Published 1 month ago by Egidio Colon
This was a pretty interesting novel from Franzen's early days. Although it was difficult to keep track of the names of some of the characters who appeared only occasionally,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Metaprof
Not his best book, that goes to Freedom, but as a Missourian, it personally related to me in some interesting ways. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John
This is my favorite Franzen novel. Dark, brilliant and unsettling. I have a theory, that he knew if he continued writing in this vein he would never achieve Oprah-level success... Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. Mccaffrey
Put off reading Franzen's first book for a few years. IMpressive to say the least. Gut feeling. This is a 5 bagger with at least a couple sodas.Published 12 months ago by sdillon2
Very dull. I couldn't get into it, and had to stop after 70 or 80 pages. His other books are much better--Strong Motion is wonderful, and very underrated.Published 12 months ago by Jan Smitowicz, Author
I really wanted to like this book. After having read Freedom and the Corrections, I was a huge fan. I say "was," because this book made me proclaim, "I'll never read... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Audrey
Compared to Freedom and The Corrections, this predecessor, Franzen's first novel, didn't wow me as much its language or flow or the depth of its characters, but the intricacy of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Bon