Freedom (Paperback)Jonathan Franzen (author)
- 10+ in stock
Nobody writes about the American family with such mercilessly penetrating insight as Franzen and this big, bold novel releases a set of sometimes believable, sometimes grotesque – but always memorable – characters into a work of high concepts and low morals. A hugely entertaining treatise on the disputed nature of freedom, this is a stylistic tour de force and Franzen at his grandstanding best.
Berglunds, their son Joey, their daughter Jessica and their friend Richard Katz. It is about how we use and abuse our freedom; about the beginning and ending of love; teenage lust; the unexpectedness of adult life; why we compete with our friends; how we betray those closest to us; and why things almost never work out as they 'should'. It is a story about the human heart, and what it leads us to do to ourselves and each other.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 570
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 39 mm
'Stupendous, magnificent, unforgettable, witty and rich. A great American novel is unmistakably what Freedom is.' - Spectator
'A masterpiece. Franzen skewers the particularity of modern life and love like no one else. If you are free to live as you choose, he asks, who else can you blame when it goes wrong?' - Daily Telegraph
'Writing in prose that dazzles, Franzen has now written the two novels that best define modern America.' - Independent on Sunday
'Extraordinary ... it is first troubling, then addictive - and then, with mounting satisfaction, convinces you this is simply on a different plane from other contemporary fiction.' - Guardian
You may also be interested in...
“An engaging read”
The pretentious literary elite may have over-praised this novel to the point where it may put more casual readers off, but I found it a warm, engaging read that reminded me of the better John Irving novels in its... More
“Too Much Freedom”
Meet the Berglunds. Your average middle class Midwestern family with everything: wealth, education, social conscience, freedom. So how is it they should contrive to throw it all away and hurt the ones they love the... More
“A brilliant and thought provoking book”
I recommended this for our book club to read and we had one of the most interesting evenings of any so far! This book explores human freedom and when read with that perspective it is all the more interesting. The... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.