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July 03, 2012



I loved The Corrections, and liked Freedom almost as much. I've struggled though other books with no likable characters, but not Freedom. Franzen's such a good writer that I burned right though that book.

Right now I'm reading Richard Ford's Canada. Another guy who writes great stories about family dynamics - plus he's working with likable characters (so far, anyway).

Sharon Hofmann

I had similar thoughts about The Corrections. Sort of depressed me while I was reading. Think I'll probably skip Freedom. Family Album sounds interesting though.


I started Freedom, but stopped about 1/3 of the way in. You articulated my displeasure perfectly: I just didn't want to spend so much time with characters I didn't like. On the other hand, I recently read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Those characters were fun and interesting and the writing delightful.


I've not read any Jonathan Frantzen, but I am having a similar problem with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Interesting plot, but I hate all the characters.


I really like Lively -- you might try Moon Tiger (I think it won the Booker) or Passing On. Haven't read any Frantzen, so can't comment. I don't *think* I have problems with books peopled with stinkers, but will have to ponder the issue. I just finished Cloud Atlas, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


I'm finding Family Album a bit slow even though I like the characters.

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