Which Johnathan Franzen book would be the best to read first? I've only heard of The Corrections.
If I like other post-modern white male authors like Delillo, DFW, Pynchon and Ellis (... ) is he a good choice, or is he just total shit?
but desu I really do like some of those authors (some) but I'm not interested in treading the same stuff, Franzen is like a go to when I've run out of choices. I picked up a russian Scifi novel that has sent me into an existential crisis over if I'll ever like reading as much as I did these past few months.
The corrections is the best overall; freedom has the highest highs but is worse as a whole. You'd guess it'd be the other way around. Go figure.
Anyway, he's pretty bad. Nothing compared to Pynchon or Wallace. Honestly closer in style to modern television shows like Arrested development than he is to literature. You certainly will develop relationships with somewhat realistic Americans and emotionally feel quite a bit, but don't expect to be asked to think anything
Franzen simply describes the condition of a certain segment of American society (white, middle/uppermoddle class), which happems to comprise the majority od tge reading public. It is relevant by selectiom bias.