14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Just read the book and not the reviews.,
This review is from: Freedom (Paperback)
I've just finished this book and had a look around at a few reviews on the net and couldn't help wondering if people tend to over analyse what is just a novel. This book made me feel a whole load better about living in my dysfunctional world. It normalised me in a way that all sorts of other things including shrinks, drugs and endless painful self analysis probably couldn't do. It lifted me out of a low patch and as much as I fell in love with the characters, by the end I was in love with myself again. The author is clever as there is a bit of Walter and Patty's frailties in all of us and Freedom allows us to admit it to ourselves and others with our head held high. It is a feel good book and a page turner that provokes plenty of thought.
I'm not sure why it attracts so many verbose and negative reviews. No amount of trips to a dictionary are going to convince me that a reviewer's command of the Engish language or intellect is greater than the authors. Great intellects use simplicity to evoke emotion. Franzen seems to have that nailed. It doesn't matter if it is about white upper middle class America, it's message (if there is supposed to be one) is universal.