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    I just finished reading "Freedom: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen. It took me 2 months to read it, which should tell you something about how much I enjoyed it.

    I think the story is ill-contrived. It's as if he never knew anyone to base these characters on, so they all come off like totally self-involved navel gazers. It was hard for me to like or identify with any of them. The only one who seemed authentic was the character of Richard, the self-centered rock star. And that may be because I've never personally known an actual rock star.

    When I read a good, generational family saga I get immersed in the characters. In this story I felt like an uninvolved, impersonal witness/bystander. The fact that the ending was pure schmaltz didn't help much.

    I would not recommend this read unless you are a psychology student/aficionado. I wish I had waited for its paperback publication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elk;4104263;

    I also have Room in my 'to be read' pile, but I wanted to comment on The Crimson Petal and the White. I loved this book! It was an unusual style of naration and the story was really juicy. I was sorry when I finished it! How did you like it, Gutmutter?

    Crit, I also have Wolf Hall in my pile. Looking forward to that one since I am in a(n) Historical Fic craze right now!
    I am LOVING The Crimson Petal and the White!!! I'm really immersed in it and don't want it to end. I'll tell you what - it's one of those books that really makes me count my blessings!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;4104624;
    I am LOVING The Crimson Petal and the White!!! I'm really immersed in it and don't want it to end. I'll tell you what - it's one of those books that really makes me count my blessings!
    I would also recommend reading this book too! One of my favorites.
    I am reading books by Linda Gardner now. They are good crime/mystery can't-wait-to-turn-the-page books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy Fields;4104484;
    I just finished reading "Freedom: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen. It took me 2 months to read it, which should tell you something about how much I enjoyed it.

    I think the story is ill-contrived. It's as if he never knew anyone to base these characters on, so they all come off like totally self-involved navel gazers. It was hard for me to like or identify with any of them. The only one who seemed authentic was the character of Richard, the self-centered rock star. And that may be because I've never personally known an actual rock star.

    When I read a good, generational family saga I get immersed in the characters. In this story I felt like an uninvolved, impersonal witness/bystander. The fact that the ending was pure schmaltz didn't help much.

    I would not recommend this read unless you are a psychology student/aficionado. I wish I had waited for its paperback publication.
    Thanks, Poppy, for posting that.
    I was hoping you would.

    When I picked up the Corrections years ago, I felt very similar about it. But, so many had told me how terrific, blah, blah, blah, it was. To me, it came across like a very smug narrative by an author who thought he was above it all. Every page seemed dedicated to advising the reader of how incredibly gifted Franzen was as an author. I just thought it overly arrogant and unnecessary.
    Sounds like the new one is from the same ilk.
    I think I'll pass.
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    Speaking of historical fiction, I'm reading my first e-book via Kindle for PC because I was lured by the intriguing description of the story. Kaifeng takes place in 1690, when a Jesuit priest travels to China to find a remote community of Jews and steal its sacred scripture. Ordinarily I'd say it's a page-turner but I guess it's a page-clicker!

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    Well, some weekends you just have to put everything else aside and read. I wanted to finish Crimson Petal so I could move on to Room. So yesterday I read all day and finished Crimson, but got nothing else done. Then I had great plans to make up for lost time today on my list of things to do, but I thought I'd just start Room over my coffee... well, I guess I can get to that list later this week, because I couldn't put down Room. I've already recommended it to 2 other people. I don't even know how to talk about it without spoiling it for others, but oh my goodness. Thank you DessertRose for recommending it.
    Count your blessings!

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    Sorry for double-posting, but this morning I went to brush my hair and I had put my hairbrush out of its usual place. I caught myself thinking, "Brush is not where it should be."!!! Those of you who have read Room, will understand.
    Count your blessings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by straycat80;4104901;
    I would also recommend reading this book too! One of my favorites.
    I am reading books by Linda Gardner now. They are good crime/mystery can't-wait-to-turn-the-page books.
    OOPS! I meant LISA Gardner, not Linda. Linda Castillo is another great author I read too.

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    straycat80, I love Lisa Gardner and Linda Castillo also!
    I just finished reading "Full Dark, No Stars" by Stephen King. I don't care for some of his books...such an effort to read...but I have to say that this one along with "Under the Dome" are great. It is 4 short stories (not so short, 100-odd pages each) and the 2 best are Big Driver and A Good Marriage. Classic works by that man with the strangely weird mind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanaslbkp;4106034;
    straycat80, I love Lisa Gardner and Linda Castillo also!
    I just finished reading "Full Dark, No Stars" by Stephen King. I don't care for some of his books...such an effort to read...but I have to say that this one along with "Under the Dome" are great. It is 4 short stories (not so short, 100-odd pages each) and the 2 best are Big Driver and A Good Marriage. Classic works by that man with the strangely weird mind!
    I just finished Under the Dome, and I loved it! He seemed so relaxed as a story teller in it, and I think he had a lot of fun writing this story!
    "Blessed is the lonesome pioneer." -- Judee Sill (1973, "There's a Rugged Road")

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