Admittedly, this is the first novel I have read of Jonathan Franzen‘s. (I KNOW). Freedom follows an American family, their close friends and lovers (spanning several years) and documents their complex relationships with one another. I’ve nearly finished reading the novel and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped, re-read and highlighted certain lines that have either resonated with me or are simply perfect in their construction. I LIVE for novels like this! While Franzen is no stranger to controversy, one certainly cannot deny his gift of words.
A few favorite quotes from Freedom so far:
“This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.”
“I guess my life hasn’t always been happy, or easy, or exactly what I want. At a certain point, I just have to try not to think too much about certain things, or else they’ll break my heart.”
“You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to.”
“The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage.”
“I admire your capacity for admiring.”
I’d love to know – what are you currently reading?