Washington D.C.--I was excited to hear Jonathan Franzen was coming out with a new novel.
As a Supreme Court justice you don't have a lot of time to read as many good books as you like. I blame that mostly on the fact I do a lot of speaking engagements because of my fame, but I'm not much on bragging.
I will say that I was disappointed in the new novel because of Franzen's effort to take on all the issues of the time. I know they are all issues that are important to him, but are they really important to all readers that will pick up the book? Do people really fear divorce? Do people really have the attention span to follow Franzen's long paragraphs and contrived themes?
One point I want to make about the book is I think he struggles to make the environmental crisis real in my eyes. I don't personally believe their is an environmental crisis and don't personally believe it affects any family in America.
Franzen did create a realistic American Family in the Berglunds as portrayed by the liberal media. The family has issues that make me believe that a good prayer could fix.
I won't say that I was disappointed by his attacks on the political movements in America, but I will say that Franzen is just wasting a lot of readers times trying to tie it into a family story.
I give the story two stars.