Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Review)

I thought Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections was a very good book, amazing, complex, ambitious, and powerful. The Corrections was a great book because of the complexity and Franzen’s grasp on modern life. Let me just say then: Freedom is on a whole different level. Franzen deserves all of the acclaim that the media has been paying him and more.

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Review)

I had been putting off reading Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” for a long time.  I had read a review a while back that said it was about medication and how people are addicted to medication these days, and it didn’t seem (from the review) to be my cup of tea, since I know only a few people addicted to meds.  However, after reading article after article canonizing Franzen as the quintessential Great American Novelist of our time (see a related WOWO post here), I jumped in.  And I have to agree with the fanfare–it’s a great novel.

Leaders of Literary Fiction

Tao and Franzen

Thanks, S, for sending this interesting blog post from the Economist.  In the blog, the author compares two cover stories from Time Magazine and a magazine called the Stranger.  Time featured a posed Jonathan Franzen with the title Great American Novelist, while the Stranger had the same exact title with Asian American author Tao Lin in the exact same pose. In the article, the blogger talks about how the literary fiction establishment restricts its definition of mainstream normalcy to authors who are White men.  The author writes, “Will an Asian-American author, or an African-American or a woman, ever be credited with writing the Great American Novel?