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Friday, April 22, 2011

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

You could say that I'm not a fan of this one... It was a solid book club pick. There was a lot to talk about, a lot to debate. There's nothing worse than a book club choice that leaves the entire group with nothing to say. BUT... holy cats. (Here comes the rant. If you're not ready for the rant, take a moment, get a cup of coffee- prepare for the rant. Ready? Here goes...). 
Not one likable character in the entire book (and it's forever long so you would think you would run into at least ONE, but no, you actually don't). A significant portion of it was needlessly disgusting. On and on with the greenpeace-y theme. I love Mother Earth too. We should all be more diligent and careful with our world. I'm completely behind that. But get off it. Run for office already and step down from the soap box before you fall and break something. 
This entire novel appeared to be less about the characters and creating a story (forget a plot line- there isn't one to be found) than it was a free-text forum for the author to air all those extra-marital tree huggery tendencies he's carried into his own midlife drudgery. Oprah can have this one. I prefer not to have that again :0).

You will find an official plot line description at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7905092-freedom

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