I can't finish this book. I got about 60 pages in and I can't make myself read anymore. The characters are unappealing, the story is probably there somewhere but there's so much exposition that doesn't seem relevant that I can't really find it. As for the writing... why do people think Franzen is so great? Between the ridiculously running on sentences, strange sentence structures and simply awkward utterances, it's the writing more than anything else that makes me not want to keep reading. Rather that accessible I find his writing pretentious and obnoxious.