“this was a lengthy book about a dysfunctional family...I managed to finish it but I didn't like a single character and I would not recommend it”colorado wrote this review Thursday, March 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thought this book was beautifully written. A return to the great writing of old. I loved each of the characters and could relate to their struggles. I'll admit that some of their problems were a little whacked, or to the extreme, but I think that below the surface, their weaknesses were fundamental human weaknesses. Their problems... our problems. They struggle to find acceptance.. acceptance in society, acceptance among their family, and acceptance of self.
“I saw Oprah drooling over this book, so I got it. There were moments where I felt I knew exactly what a character was thinking and feeling. Truely an enjoyable read. A cast that if you had to pick players from your own family, you could fill each roll very easily. That said, it was not as great as Oprah boasted it was, but it was very good.”Hamchuck wrote this review Wednesday, February 21, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best fiction stories I've read in the past few years. Franzen unflinchingly illustrates the transition of power and perspective in an aging and dysfunctional family. I believe that many people enjoy this book because most recognize themselves/their family members in these characters, no matter how extreme or disturbing the story becomes.
I've re-read this book several times and recommend it to all friends.”
“I must agree with Robert's opinion. Most of the characters are so annoyingly dysfunctional that instead of identifying with them that I found myself at times wanting to reach into the book and smacking them. A good premise, but as AbbeyNormal wrote, "painful to read."”smassa wrote this review Friday, December 29, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book so much I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I knew every single one of those characters intimately (maybe it's because they're all a part of my family--extended or otherwise!) You just want to reach out and smack these people, which is exactly what Franzen had intended, I think. Hard to read only because it felt so real.”LaFemmeMonkita wrote this review Saturday, November 11, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great example of everything that's wrong with contemporary American fiction.”marcia wrote this review Monday, October 23, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was interesting enought to finish but not something i would read again.”joelahey wrote this review Wednesday, October 18, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book...maybe because the dysfunctional family in it reminded me so much of my own. You'll either "get it" (because you can identify with it) or you won't.”Myrea wrote this review Sunday, October 15, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't get why everyone loved this so much. So many details I wanted to shoot myself, a million tangents . The main premise was good, but Frazen should have stuck to the story and not gotten so caught up in the oh so tedious details. ”zozosmamma wrote this review Sunday, October 15, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No