ditching my freedom for a trip to the tropics

Those of you who follow my blog will probably be wondering whether I’ve finished reading Franzen’s Freedom – and the answer is yes, I finished it last night. What did I think?

I was impressed without being blown away. The Corrections had set me up for another masterpiece and although Freedom probably is a masterpiece in comparison to the works of other similarly contemporary writers, compared to The Corrections, it fell just short for me. But, as my husband was ever so quick to remind me every time I opened my mouth to utter, “but it’s not The Corrections,” –  I shouldn’t compare because no, it isn’t The Corrections, it’s Freedom. And the idea of freedom (whatever it means today), it most definitely explores. Continue reading

… on monday the 5th

I know… what’s taken me so long!

So I’ve finally picked up Franzen’s Freedom and the fear that’s stopped me picking it up in the first place is already seeping into my reading. Every time I approach a paragraph I’m plagued by the little voices in my head that are oh so loyal (still) to The Corrections. What if it overshadows the ingenuity of The Corrections? What if it puts me off Franzen altogether? What if it’s just not good?

I think it’s time I put the literary elite voices in my head to rest and just got on with reading – don’t you? I’ll let you know how I go. In the meantime, feel free to share any Franzen foughts!

Happy reading x