Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom – is it worth all the hype?
Let me get the ball rolling (although, please: the real-life book club hasn’t met to discuss Freedom yet – so no spoilers on how it ends for anyone who hasn’t finished yet!). I wanted to read Freedom partly because of the rave reviews – it’s been described as the defining novel of the century so far, the next Great American Novel etc etc and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. 100 pages from the end, and I haven’t made up my mind – it strikes me as an incredibly ambitious novel, a very conscience attempt to encapsulate post 9/11 middle class America… but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? I’m just getting to ball rolling, remember; so please, discuss!