Fordham GSAS: Grad. Life: Addendum to Favorite Books of 2012

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Addendum to Favorite Books of 2012

    Hey everyone! Happy Superbowl Sunday! In honor of the big American day of eating, drinking, and watching TV, I'd like to talk about a book. :)
    In December, I posted an entry that listed 10 of my favorites reads of 2012. Check it out, here. But, I forgot one that I loved -- Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen.

Favorite quotes from this book:
“If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles.You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to f#$@ck up your life whatever way you want to.”

“Integrity's a neutral value. Hyenas have integrity, too. They're pure hyena.”

"There was no controlling narrative: he seemed to himself a purely reactive pinball in a game whose only object was to stay alive for staying alive's sake."

"Fiction is a particularly effective way for strangers to connect across time and distance."

"Where did the self-pity come from? The inordinate volume of it? By almost any standard, she led a luxurious life. She had all day every day to figure out some decent and satisfying way to live, and yet all she ever seemed to get for all her choices and all her freedom was more miserable. The autobiographer is almost forced to the conclusion that she pitied herself for being so free."

"I spend my life jumping out of my skin with frustration at myself."

Loved, loved, loved this novel. Let me know what you thought of it! And, enjoy the game tonight! -- Liza

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