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Jonathan Franzen: Popular Passages

Earlier this week, ABC News spotted novelist Jonathan Franzen visiting the White House: “Asked how his meeting with the president went, the celebrated author of ‘Freedom’ said ‘delightful.’”

We wonder if they talked about the most popular passages in Freedom. Our Popular Passages feature uses  list to track the most underlined parts of bestselling books–exploring what kinds of writing inspire eBook readers.

According to Amazon, 300 Kindle users underlined this passage in Freedom, the perfect election season quote: “He became another data point in the American experiment of self-government, an experiment statistically skewed from the outset, because it wasn’t the people with sociable genes who fled the crowded Old World for the new continent; it was the people who didn’t get along well with others.”

356 Kindle users loved this passage: “She knew that you could love somebody more than anything and still not love the person all that much, if you were busy with other things.”

And finally, more than 400 readers underlined this: “The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage.”

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