Franzen writes well about these people, comically and sympathetically.
He catches their voices (his overuse of ‘So’ as a dialogue ante is both a tic and a send-up of a tic), their predicaments, and the way they socially mediate their lives, without making too big a deal of it.
So, for example, Jesus would not be satisfied with a society in which there were no acts of adultery.
You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
As our three children were growing up we taught them what the Bible teaches about sex.
Her disabled live-in landlord is being dispossessed, her roommates are lefty agitators who make no money and in some cases oppose the existence of money, while Pip herself has a hundred-plus thousand-dollar college debt to work off, at an internet company whose boss occasionally perves on her.
Jonathan Franzen has become a difficult writer to review.
The praise and the reaction against the praise have become so extreme that you end up bouncing back and forth between them.
He came into the world because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified.
Have you thought recently how helpless the local, state, and federal government is to solve problems of our society?