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Strong Motion: A Novel Paperback – 8 Sep 2001


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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (8 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031242051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312420512
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,154,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and graduated from Swarthmore College. He has lived in Boston, Spain, New York, Colorado Springs and Philadelphia. His other novels are 'The Twenty-Seventh City', 'Strong Motion', and 'The Corrections'. He is also the author of 'How To Be Alone', a collection of non-fiction, and 'The Discomfort Zone', a memoir. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in the 'New Yorker' and 'Harper's', and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by 'Granta' and the 'New Yorker'. He lives in New York City.

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'By sheer force of his imaginative writing and his unsheathed views of American life, Franzen succeeds in joining together a love story, a family story, and a corporate-cum-environmental story…Distinctly original.' The New York Times

'No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around.' Newsweek

'Ingeniously put together…His ear for American vernacular is flawless…His gift for description has a kinetic immediacy.' The Seattle Times

'Bold, layered…an elaborate construct, with the stuff of several books crammed into one…An affirmation of Franzen's fierce imagination and distinctive seriocomic voice.' New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’, ‘Strong Motion’, ‘The Corrections’ and ‘How to be Alone’. His fiction and nonfiction appear frequently in The New Yorker and Harper’s, and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by Granta and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JeffBillington on 29 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Like many, I loved The Corrections, and waited eagerly for Freedom, which turned out to be a masterpiece. However, having read it in 2 days, I realised that I may have to wait another decade for more Franzen...so I decided to get one of his earlier novels. Strong Motion is interesting, and characteristic of Franzen's style and concerns, but it feels like an immature work, and it suffers from inconsistent pacing and really dislikeable main characters (as noted by other reviewers here). It also differs from his recent work by prominently featuring a political/environmental thriller plot, which sits uneasily alongside his typical dissection of American family life. It was a page turner, certainly, but is best approached as an entertaining genre piece for those wanting to read more Franzen.
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By ms la johnston on 2 Feb. 2015
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Good, but Franzen's Freedom and The Corrections are much better!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By French reader on 5 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading The Corrections but I was very disppointed with this one. The story is slow and the main character is uninteresting, boring and generally unlikeable. I could not get past 150 pages.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 1997
Format: Paperback
Jonathan Franzen's novels so far, "Strong Motion" and "The Twenty-Seventh City," are notable because he breaks the conventions of workshopped-to-death books and blasts into the world of facts. His prose style isn't as graceful as Mark Helprin's, but he does inhabit the same world of fantastic plots, existential heros and man-made disasters. In "Strong Motion," Franzen depicts a man and woman struggling to discover the source of strange earthquakes in Boston as they fight against the materialism of society and their upbringings. Along the way, Franzen injects his usual host of bizarre characters, including a fundamentalist minister-cult leader who turns out to be just as much an outcast as the protagonists. Franzen also fills the book with history and odd facts; his short description of the life of a racoon in Boston is devastating; it's worth the price of the book. The lead character, Louis, is unappealing, as the Kirkus review suggests, which proves a drag on the novel.
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