Purity by Jonathan Franzen

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October 2015, no. 375
James Bradley reviews 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Purity

by Jonathan Franzen

Fourth Estate, $32.99 pb, 576 pp, 9780007532773

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Reviewed by
October 2015, no. 375

There was a moment around the time of the release of the final Harry Potter novel when I began to suspect the hype had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It wasn’t an event because of the book any more, it was an event because everybody knew it was an event.

James Bradley reviews 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Purity

by Jonathan Franzen

Fourth Estate, $32.99 pb, 576 pp, 9780007532773

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Comments (2)

  • Never got the fuss over Franzen, who sounds perpetually like a first-year aspiring lit student from a community college. He seems to think he's profound and tells us things we knew a decade ago. Writers are supposed to be ahead of the Zeitgeist, but he's catching up, and still often missing the point. Yet the Times and Journal scream praise, the sheep buy the thick tomes to seem educated and ‘in touch’, probably never really reading them closely, and come away thinking this is what modern ‘literature’ is. Sad to say they've never been anywhere near it.
    Posted by Jenni
    Sunday, 29 January 2017 18:51
  • nice to see Frantzen considered, rather than raved about!
    Posted by Kym Houghton
    Friday, 16 October 2015 10:13

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