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`Deeper, funnier, sadder and truer than a work of fiction has any right to be' Independent on Sunday

`Both a page-turner and a work of art ... an almost perfectly written novel' Evening Standard

This is the story of the 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 570 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 39mm | 420g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007269765
  • 9780007269761
  • 37,337

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`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
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About Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, including The Corrections, Freedom and Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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Rating details

139,275 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 28% (38,428)
4 37% (51,122)
3 22% (31,154)
2 9% (12,231)
1 5% (6,340)

Our customer reviews

What a disappointment. Granted I've only got 2 thirds of the way through -maybe the last third is where the novel shines! Just can't motivate myself to read the rest though. I think its a predictable, overly long and overly worked novel. Really, so many pages to say nothing. I was so looking forward to reading this because of the reviews but ugh what a chore! Don't waste your more
by Milva Salzano
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