A New York Times Bestseller, An Indie Next Pick, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Galaxy National Book Award-winner -- Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul -- the... show more
A New York Times Bestseller, An Indie Next Pick, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Galaxy National Book Award-winner -- Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul -- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter -- environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man -- she was doing her small part to build a better world.But now, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? But most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "a very different kind of neighbor," an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes?
Publish date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 562
Edition language: English
Jonathan Franzen is one of today’s most undeniably talented and intelligent writers and, currently, he is pretty much on top of the world. His most recent novel, Freedom, is being declared the new definitive American novel, a masterpiece, a story that defines a generation, etc. etc. I was first intr...
Franzen napisał powieść, która mniej więcej do połowy swojej objętości mnie zafascynowała, a od połowy zaczęła rozczarowywać. Zafascynowała rozmachem, obszerną panoramą amerykańskiego społeczeństwa połączona z drobiazgową, budząca zaufanie obserwacją życia na pozór zwyczajnej rodziny pochodzącej z k...
This book dragged a little for me, but it's Franzen so I knew it would going into it. (Sometimes it's like his whole goal is just to make you suffer.) It's preachy, snooty, and melodramatic. It paints a pretty dismal portrait of the modern American experience (for the privileged class, at least) and...
I don't usually read contemporary fiction unless a book has been recommended, suggested, assigned, book-club'd, given to me, pushed on me by relentless friends, etc. because contemporary fiction is depressing. The point of this it is to bring up real life issues that people face every single day. Th...
I really hate the star system for these kinds of books. I'm not sure how to review this book. It's not the great American novel, but I see the potential. Franzen is no slouch but the novel suffered from too much observation (if astute) and not enough edge. It's like Franzen can recognize the issues...
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