Friday, September 24, 2010

My early take on Franzen, and Book Club questions

I had my hands full on Columbine when The Corrections came out, and focused on narrative nonfiction. I never got around to reading it.

But when the Jonathan Franzen hype returned this summer, I had to check out Freedom to see for myself.

I'm a slow reader, so I'm not far, but it was obvious from page one how talented he is. Great insights into people, and wonderful flair for expressing them in a crisp, "effortless," amusing style. Effortless was in quotes, because I mean that it feels that way. Of course it takes a great deal of effort and talent to make that invisible.

I hope it holds up.

In the meantime, Oprah has reading questions up for the book. I'm curious to look, but holding off until
I get further. Spoilers suck.

Whatever you think of O, she has an incredible team, and they do things right. They come up with solid questions. I was really happy with the book club questions she posted for Columbine.

I will let you know what I think of Freedom when I'm done. (But I've been reading Light in August for a year and a half. Haha. And loving it. Faulkner has leapt up to near the top of my all-time favorites list. Franzen might have a shot at that, too.)

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