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Poor J. Franzen. I feel a little sorry for him. I am glad I am not famous when I think of all the stupid things I have said in my lifetime. I love Forster and Greene and I don't think they are overrated at all. Who is doing this rating?It is a little odd that he mentioned George Saunders as a novelist worth reading considering he mostly writes short stories. In fact, I don't think he has actually published a novel.I have both The Corrections and Freedom. They are very easy to find in 2ond hand book shops. But I haven't read either yet.
I probably shouldn't comment because I can't bear to even watch the clip -- I absolutely loathed The Corrections and would like those hours of my life back. Everything I've ever read about Jonathan Franzen leads me to believe he's a pompous jerk. The way he acted about Oprah's show made me dislike him even more. And I love E. M. Forster's novels. I've only read one by Graham Greene so far, Travels With My Aunt, but I really enjoyed it.
I thought the clip would provoke a reaction, but I had no idea how many people loathe Franzen. The words 'pompous' and 'jerk' have been employed several times.I enjoyed The Corrections but couldn't quite see what all the fuss was about. I haven't bothered reading any of Franzen's others.The clip is remarkable - in a mere 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Franzen manages to annoy so many people.
The clip really made me appreciate J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon both even more than I already do.
Ruthiella: You would think he would be used to his massive fame by know and think out what he is going say.Karen: I had to force myself to watch the whole video so I could feel free to call him an idiot. Steerforth: I must admit I have never actually read him. Descriptions of his books leave me cold. Those great american tomes you mention.James: Is it okay if I LOL.
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