Freedom

13 March 2011

It was a thick book, built like a doorstop, that took forever to finish.

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“And it was a strange thing to feel, but he definitely felt it: when he emerged from the bathroom with the ring on his ring finger, and Jenna rushed past him and then reeled out again, squealing and cursing the stench, he was a different person. He could see this person so clearly, it was like standing outside himself. He was the person who’d handled his own shit to get his wedding ring back. This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.”

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

But it sure was a good story. They could’ve called it Redemption, and I think it could’ve worked too.

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