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Crossroads: A Novel par Jonathan Franzen
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Crossroads: A Novel (original 2021; édition 2021)

par Jonathan Franzen (Auteur)

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Jonathan Franzen's gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads. It's December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who's been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate. Jonathan Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen's gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Crossroads: A Novel
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Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2021), 592 pages
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  Wo | Jun 13, 2022 |
It's been ages since I have read Franzen. I read The Corrections when it came out many years ago - but never got around to Freedom.

I love a fat family drama though - so I was excited to read Crossroads.

It was a pretty satisfying read. Franzen builds characters slowly and deliberately. We had a whole family of fleshed out people by the end. The stories were interesting and kept me engaged. There were a few parts that felt like they dragged a bit but mostly I looked forward to picking it up over and over to find out what happened next. ( )
  alanna1122 | May 13, 2022 |
This is an absurd piece of writing – a silly novel – by which I mean nonsensical. It is tedious and turgid in its writing. Zero stars. (This is an occasion where Library Thing needs negative stars for the context of this novel to others.) It is not that Franzen cannot write – the second chapter is quite intelligent and lyrical – except that he dumbs down his character who is the central one in that chapter. I struggled and had to put this book down several times to read a more coherent novel where there was some sort of human behavioural logic in the plot and the characters interrelationships. But after 300 pages I gave up.

The novel purports to be something serious – perhaps a metaphor of how the United States has become such a failed state which could possibly elect Donald Trump as its president. A trilogy is promised and this is the foundational tome. It would be a good idea to track the growth of the ludicrous US version of evangelical pentecostal Christianity and how it is dumbing down the ‘light on the hill’ vision of a truly democratic humanistic nation. But this novel tumbles badly at such a purpose. A deeply passive aggressive pastor father and his brood of children and a serious mentally disturbed wife are the core characters are metaphors for the US instability. It is impossible to believe that such people make up – on the surface – a thriving happy family. Other reviewers have opined it s a dysfunctional family. I say that with such personalities such a group of characters could never have been functional (real) to have become dys.

At best I could say that behind this is a good idea badly done.
  Edwinrelf | Apr 24, 2022 |
Lovely characters. Entirely memorable. A delightful read. ( )
  ibkennedy | Apr 5, 2022 |
1st in trilogy. I read this book for a Literary Fiction Book Club.
Russ is a minister, who has been excluded from the youth group. He is married with 4 children, each with their own issues. Clem leaves for college, Becky is popular, Perry is extremely bright but troubled, and Judson is nerdy youngest son. Marion, his wife, feels frumpy and unwanted. She is hiding a secret from Russ. Russ is lusting after a widow in the parish, Frances.
Half the story takes place around Christmas, and what happens to the family over this holiday. It stirs up memories for Russ, and the children all have different experiences that change their lives. The other half of the book leads up to Easter, and preparation for the mission trip to AZ on the Navajo land. It also has flashbacks/memories of their lives, which shaped their secrets and their longings. This book addresses lust, morality, religion, sex, drugs, mental illness, and marital issues. It will be interesting to follow this family through the next 2 books. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 4, 2022 |
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Jonathan Franzen's gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads. It's December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who's been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate. Jonathan Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen's gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

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