Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Finally Jonathan Franzen's much-awaited novel "Freedom", hit book shelves today. An important book to note, as critics have been raving about it, claiming that it's a book that cannot be ignored. You may like it or you may hate it, but you have to read it to form an opinion. 

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of Book Review for the nytimes notes that Franzen has used several phrases in the book that illustrate his keen observation of the change in American society over the years, with respect to the idea of personal freedom. There is an interesting statement that Franzen made, "the personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage." Further, he goes on to say that not only do we crave for that limitless freedom in our life, we want others to espouse it to too. Validating our being by approval of others is critical to us. 

So does the dream of freedom for ourselves lead to a dream of power to change others' perceptions? Just something to think about.

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