#58 — Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Rating: 3/5
  • At a book signing event in Brooklyn, Franzen stated that he has a balance of male and female voices in his books to accurately reflect the world as it exists today. If that is true, doesn’t that also mean that many of his characters should also be Chinese or Indian?
  • He’s definitely a woman hater. But to be fair, the men in the book weren’t all too likable either. So he’s an equal opportunity hater perhaps
  • People don’t really speak the way that Franzen writes. This fact didn’t detract from its entertainment value, nor did it feel like a 500+ book. While engaging and cerebral, it failed to be emotionally moving