Watch Jonathan Franzen Get Shot


So, you’ve read just about every Best Books of 2010 list out there. But have you ever stopped to wonder which of last year’s lengthiest novels will save your life? No, we’re not talking figuratively. In this video, the folks at Electric Literature shoot a gun at tomes including David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Adam Levin’s The Instructions, and, of course, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom — plus a Kindle, for good measure — to see which holds up the best. As in many great books, the ending is a total surprise.