Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Complex tale of Walter, Patty, and their family, mid-westerners, in the 1980s. His characters variously love or are unfaithful,  engage in sibling rivalries,  make a buck by cheating the government on a contract, succeed or fail in life’s enterprises. Franzen casts a satiric eye  on many current issues:  environmentalism, business practices, ethics, marriage, friendship.

There are several ironic twists, but I found the amount of  introspection tedious.  I enjoyed Franzen’s earlier “Corrections”  and found it comic, but this did not appeal as much. I’d like to hear from soneone who can show me what I am missing.

Reviewed by Sara


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