Listened and Read: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (narrated by David Ledoux) and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s Ms. Hempel ChroniclesBy Sung J. Woo
June 16, 2012
More than a month has passed since I listened to the unabridged recording of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and read the paperback of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s Ms. Hempel Chronicles. To be frank, I’ve been avoiding writing about either of these novels, not because I didn’t like them, but because I feel inadequate even discussing them. My words, no matter how carefully chosen or artfully rendered, cannot elevate these books any further. They are two of the finest works of literature I’ve read in years.