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Genre: Literary Fiction
Start Date: Oct. 6, 2010
Finished Date: Oct. 13, 2010 (up to page 204)
Where Found: Chapters-Indigo
Why Read: Heard good reviews, thought The Corrections was interesting, and was willing to try another Franzen book.
Summary: The disintegration of a dysfunctional family is analysed from events occuring prior to the marriage of the basketball player turned housewife Patty and the meek, politically correct Walter, and "mistakes made" during their marriage with their prodigy daughter and Young Republican son, with neighbors, former lovers, and friends all playing a role.
I give up. I reached a breaking point and decided enough is enough. I only have so much patience with a book, despite its impressive array of reviews, that I simply cannot withstand another word.
If you did not like The Corrections, do not try Freedom. It is barely discernable in style and in substance. I finished The Corrections because it was for a university course and I felt obligated to see it through. At first, I felt the same about Freedom, but could not keep from feeling utter disdain and contempt for the most unlikable characters I've ever read. There is no liking them--not a single one. How can you read a book without feeling a modicum of sympathy, delight, or friendship, unless it's Macbeth (and I honestly didn't like that much either!)
What's interesting is the mixed reviews on Amazon (not a reliable source, mind you, but a snapshot of the general public's reception to the novel)--as of now, there are 107 5* reviews and 83 1* reviews, the others falling lower in numbers. Quite the polar opposites of opinion, wouldn't you say? It strikes me as odd that a novel can fall into either the "love it" or "hate it" category with no option for in-between.
I'm hoping to get a refund or exchange at Chapters as this is a "Heather's Pick." Hope so... I've always been reluctant to buy a brand-new hardcover book, but now I'm convinced that it's not worth it. I'm going to wait for paperbacks from now on. Why risk it?
Rank: (D)- Did Not Finish, Don't Recommend