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On the one hand, I thought Ron Charles’s Washington Post video review of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was laugh-out-loud hilarious.  I also thought he nailed what was both great and lacking in the novel, and I think those things without having read the novel itself.  That’s how much I’ve learned about this book prior to its publication.  I’m glad I don’t need to read it, because I haven’t even received my copy, and I’m already tired of thinking about it.

On the other hand, I’m enough of a cantankerous, survivalist type to worry a little bit about book reviews now needing to come in punchy video format in order to get anyone’s attention.  Surely people who read books ought to be willing to take the time to read reviews, no?  Now, if you will excuse me, I need to chase some kids off my lawn.

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  1. Eileen says:

    This is painfully hilarious.

  2. Pamela Berkman says:

    Cracked me up! I’m going to share it with the publicists and marketing managers at the publishing house I work at. I’m afraid they’ll find it a little too prescient for comfort.

  3. Lynn Sheene says:

    That was clever.

  4. Nadia Edwards says:

    Never heard of anything more ridiculous. And I am getting suspicious a bit – I think Franzen’s book is pushed too heavily by some obscure forces. It may be a great book, but still – we are talking about books not detergents.

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