Sunday, October 31, 2010

"To me, the point of a novel is to take you to a still place..."

"...You can multitask with a lot of things, but you can't really multitask reading a book. You're either reading a book or you're not. To me, the world of books is the quiet alternative, an even more desperately needed alternative."

~ Jonathan Franzen, via The Atlantic

I had actually written that quote--by hand!--when I first came across it a couple months ago. And it seems even more appropriate now that I've finished his latest novel, "Freedom." It took me about a week to finish the 500-page book, and I was reading during any and all free moments; it was a true gift to enter the "still place" of its world.


george rede said...

Love the quote. And how was the book? How does it compare to his other work?

August said...

I actually never read "Corrections," and I'm going to wait a while before diving into that. But I really enjoyed "Freedom." Much of the story takes place during the last decade, with 9/11, the build-up to Iraq as backdrops. It felt current.

A couple weeks ago I was trying to remember the friend who had this weird thing happen to her. "Who was that???" After some time, I remembered it was a character from the book!