Jonathan Franzen. Does he take his glasses off when he puts on the blindfold?
I’m a sucker for a decent
That said, I also enjoy a good bureaucratic fuck-up, so I was rather amused to see this story about Franzen’s latest novel Freedom.
The story notes
Tens of thousands of copies of Freedom, the new novel by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, have been recalled after an early draft of the book was printed by mistake.
Best-known for his bestselling 2001 novel The Corrections, Franzen has received a tidal wave of hype in Britain and the United States for Freedom, with one reviewer calling it the "novel of the century".
But publishers HarperCollins say the version of Freedom released in Britain last week contained dozens of mistakes.
"It was a typesetter's error. The books have around 50 punctuation and spelling mistakes. The typesetter sent the last-but-one version," a spokesman confirmed.
Readers with the botched copy of the book can exchange them for new ones by calling a special hotline "and we expect the new edition, including the final corrections, to be available early next week," the spokesman said.
Now obviously, I suspect people who received the faulty version will hang onto it on the off-chance of making an absolute motza out of it later but what really had me scratching my head was this comment.
Freedom - the story of a dysfunctional American family - was a labour of love for the author, who at times he wrote blindfolded and with earplugs to overcome crippling writer's block.
Now the earplugs I can understand, but blindfolds?
However Jonathan Franzen is an award winning and highly praised novelist and I am not, so I thought I’d give it a crack.
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Once I get to the required 500 pages, I might send it in to the Man Booker people.
Wish me luck.
*Which is obviously why I tend to avoid Man Booker winners.