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Mr. Franzen clearly is a gifted writer. His ruminations about his parents, friends, interests and silly pranks were highly entertaining and his psychoanalytical observations were thought-provoking. This helped tremendously in convincing me to wade through a few small sections of the book which I found about as compelling as watching paint dry. I could have done without most of the chapter about his learning German. But, heh, it's his life. Who am I to tell him what to highlight from his past? The memoir gives you a good idea of what makes Mr. Franzen tick. An intelligent, honest and somewhat enjoyable read.
In "Freedom" and "The corrections" the author exposes strong models of life, whom are apted to superate the failure in economics of 2008 in according to Obama policy, considering the recent optimisme of experts as Krugman and Stiglitz. This particular analysis of those questions proposes for Usa socialistic forms whom are in fact a new opportunity for the people. In "The discomfort zone" Franzen talks about little particulars of his life, as the religious traditions, the bird-watching, which is a great passion for him, the history of love as young. It is an other immagine of this author, less formal and more related to the family and the friends.