Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A Better Editor
I am in the midst of reading Jonathan Franzen's latest novel Purity. My friend Phyllis selected it for me when I told her I was looking for a good plot. I admire these writers who give us big stories full of characters living contemporary lives.
So yes, there's a lot to dive into here. Especially because Franzen let's us know what everyone is thinking while the characters struggle to be understood. So then, I was wondering: why do I feel engrossed and tired at the same time? Does Franzen need a better editor?
Or is it simply that omniscience is exhausting. And that's why nature provides us with our own
sanity-saving inner editor. "Real life" doesn't allow us the same rights of invasion that we look to the novelist to provide.