Chris Day Day itibaren Bongolava, Madagaskar
Tamamen büyüleyici ve başarılı.
Bu kitabı beğenmedim. Yazının temel olduğunu, karakterlerin ortaya çıktığını ve arsanın koştuğunu hissettim. Sonunu bilmek istediğimi söyleyeceğim, bu yüzden okumaya devam ettim. Biraz merak uyandırmak için iki yıldız verdim.
I was prepared to really hate both Jonathan Franzen and FREEDOM. Both were so hyped, so lauded, and so smug-sounding that I had convinced myself that there was no way I'd appreciate, much less enjoy, this book. To my amazement, I was laughing to myself within reading the first 10 pages. I might ding FREEDOM a half-a-star if I could -- 1) for a couple of segues that seemed totally unnecessary and not at all germane to the plot, and 2) for the section where a teenage Joey gets involved in a Halliburton-esque business in Iraq and flies to Paraguay to broker a deal on jeep parts for the Army, which seemed a little too far-fetched, even though we're led to believe that Joey is very advanced and special for his age. That said, the rest of the book amazed me. The Franzen is a master at capturing the nuances of human nature and the human psyche. Ron Charles' review of FREEDOM in the WaPo describes it better than I ever could when he says, "In dialogue that conveys each palpitation of the heart, every wince of the conscience, and especially in those elegantly extended phrases of narration, Franzen conveys his psychological acuity in a fugue of erudition, pathos and irony that is simply fantastic." FREEDOM deals with such a quiet subject -- family and neighborhood dynamics, or, in essence, real and everyday life stripped clean of anything fantastic -- that it seems easy to miss the ambitiousness of it, and the brilliance of Franzen's execution. But throughout I kept thinking, "Maybe I could tackle a subject like that someday," and in the next thought would decide, "There's absolutely no way." Franzen accomplished something really special and spectacular here. I'm glad I read it.