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Purity: A Novel - Jonathan Franzen
Purity: A Novel
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New York Times BestsellerYoung Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother―her only family―is hazardous. But she doesn't have... show more
New York Times BestsellerYoung Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother―her only family―is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. It takes a seemingly chance encounter with two visitors from Germany to send Pip―and the reader―on a journey of discovery that ranges from Stasi-era East Berlin to a rainforest in Bolivia; and from the ancient war between the sexes to the present-day bewilderments of the Internet. Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder―the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781250097101 (125009710X)
ASIN: 125009710X
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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XOX
XOX rated it
0.5 How a young selfish bitch gets through life
Oh crap. I dislike Purity and I just past the 50 pages markWhat a twat? Purity or Pip is a bitch. A young selfish stupid bitch. I bought this book to get out of the genre. This is as close to literature and I dislike the main character, a lot. Let see what she did in the first 50 pages. W...
Cynically Speaking
Cynically Speaking rated it
5.0
There are many forms of purity - Mind, Heart, Soul, etc...and most of the characters ruin the 'purity' of those they love, whether intentional or not. Mr. Franzen creates great characters and his prose is fantastic. I never felt he hurried anything nor did I want him to. I just kept reading. Nea...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
1.5 a big letdown, and that's starting with deflated hopes
In the end, it was a good story. Unfortunately, it was overplayed by characters who all had mommy and daddy issues. It turned feminism into a joke which is rather unfortunate because it's fodder for the MRA types out there. It makes me sad because I have really liked reading Franzen in the past and ...
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