I recently finished Freedom, the new Jonathan Franzen book, and I’m man enough to admit I choked up a bit at the end. There, I said it.
I should point out, though, that after a thirty-plus-year, nearly spotless record of not choking-up, since becoming a father my eyes have welled with alarming frequency, including:
* at the end of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
* during roughly 31% of Story Corps segments on NPR
* while watching holiday-themed Maxwell House commercials
* Etc. Etc.
Furthermore, I actually out-and-out bawled at the end of Wall-E, although, like Time magazine, I consider it easily the best film of the last decade.
So, while I really liked the book, don’t read too much into my throat lump. Instead, I suggest you read these reviews, written by professionals, to get a better sense of the thing, and then proceed accordingly.
-Norm De Plume