"When I read a book that's been painstakingly transcribed by hand, I'm handling an object that took a scribe six months to a year to copy," Johannes Franzen told booksellers at the 1564 Frankfurt Book Fair.
Finally having finished Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, I wanted to review it here, hoping to acknowledge the long-term pleasure one gets from reading even when the quality of the writing is less than you might have hoped.
"Almost the definition of a mensch, a good person, is that in their heart of hearts they're rather hard on themselves. And yet, you can't get out of bed in the morning if you don't love yourself. I'm merciless towards myself, so being merciless towards my characters comes naturally."