There was no epiphany contained in them. I guess that my opinion of Franzen, after purveying his essays and the novel, 'Corrections', is that he is a capable writer. But he doesn't begin to compare with the giants of yesteryear; eg, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, etc. Perhaps he should have written a much smaller novel at first, rather than a 600 pager. Now I'm reluctant to read 'Freedom'. Only a writer with the ability of a Somerset Maugham can entice me into reading a 600 page book.