Your views on “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

Patty and Walter Berglund were hands-on parents at the avant-garde of the whole foods generation. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with a Republican family? Why is Walter working with Big Coal? And why has Patty become ‘a very different kind of neighbour?’

What did you think of the book?  Please leave your reviews below

7 thoughts on “Your views on “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

  1. Not to my taste. Didn’t finish it. I was bored and found the characters unappealing and the writing style pretentious.


  2. Thought the book was too long and a bit rambling at times. Also did not like the characters very much, though they improved towards the end of the book.


  3. Much too wordy – taken up with the authors’s own concepts which took a way from characters and their strange stories – not an easy read.


  4. Tried really hard but couldn’t get into it. The story did not make any impression and each time I picked it up I could not remember anything I had already read.

    I wouldn’t recommend it and wouldn’t even have tried unless I had the book club to go to!


  5. I loved this book! I was hooked on the progression of Patty’s affair with Richard Katz. And Walter’s character had some fascinating views on world population. I think Franzen is a very skilled storyteller, though I will agree that some sections were a touch long winded! This book spurred me on to read Franzen’s earlier novel ‘The Corrections’ which I enjoyed hugely, and perhaps even more than Freedom.


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