Free Audio Books in Serialized Form - Podiobooks.com. Public Domain. One Hundred Words (or Fewer!) Purity might more accurately be titled Pity; each character, including the protagonist, Purity “Pip” Tyler, her mother, and a supporting cast of sexually frustrated middle-aged men, engage in gratuitous self-pity.
The structure and feel is similar to Franzen’s Freedom, and as in Freedom, the characters are utterly unrelatable, at times, ridiculous but incredibly well crafted. If there is a message to be pulled from Purity, it is that people often do the right thing for the wrong reasons and vice versa, and it is these decisions and situations that hold together Franzen’s superb story. Dec 29. 14 Books That Influenced Elon Musk.