Cover of "Freedom: A Novel"

Cover of Freedom: A Novel

I recently finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s book, Freedom, which has been described as a portrait of our times. I found a particular line of his prose to be very telling. Within the context of the female protagonist looking for significant change in her life, he writes….

“What she should have done then was find a job or go back to school or become a volunteer.

It seems he understands the inherent paradox volunteering can have on a person’s life. It’s not just for them; it’s for you.


One comment on “Freedom

  1. When I was in high school and college, volunteering was a requirement to graduate. My volunteer experiences really helped me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life- pick a major, find a job, etc. One of my volunteer experiences actually turned into my first job. If someone is lost in their life, I would highly recommend volunteering to help figure things out.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s