Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
I thought this was great when I read it, I really don't know anymore. It's certainly a snapshot of how upper middle class families lived in America at one point in time. It kind of made me sad for the stability we have lost in this country, but then of course that only ever did exist for some anyway, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't the takeaway I was supposed to have.
I worry people will read it in 100 years (which I think is likely) and think it's typical of the American experience around the turn of this century.
I plowed through this. I realize my Midwestern roots probably prejudice me in the nostalgic sense, but it devastated the everloving crap out of me. I agree with you that it's very much of its time. It may yet prove to be an unrelatable relic or a history lesson in the future -- I just hope it's saved by the quality of Franzen's writing, which, good lord, that guy can write.