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Farther Away has ratings and reviews. MJ said: Franzen’s second collection of non-fic trimmings is as strong as his first, albeit slacking on t. Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen – review. Jonathan Franzen meditates on marriage and mobiles in these largely brilliant essays. Geoff Dyer. Jonanthan Franzen Farther Away (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ). It happened on a mercifully temperate June afternoon out in front of the.

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The collection of 21 pieces were written from to and are published in that order and appeared in other journals: I decided to get the audiobook from my home library so I could finish the last disc. It’s a splendid fartehr and a nuanced tribute, but as Franzen wrestles with this issue of death and survival in the thin air of high-altitude literary endeavour, something in the British reader’s soul starts to recoil.

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Although I will continue to admire Jonathan Franzen’s writing abilities, I will no longer feel the need to pick up his works. The highlights for me were Franzen’s book reviews–there’s an enthusiasm behind his recommendations that makes me fartherr, ‘why am I not reading this book right now?

Dec 15, Bryan rated it liked it Shelves: Several book reviews which suspiciously appear to be Franzen’s introductions lifted from the reprinted novels he’s reviewingan irritating “interview” with New Franzeb State huh? Fiction was his way off the island. So what is it, exactly, this “ordinary love” he mentions? Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling frnazen itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day.

Writers used to worry about getting published. He was a lifelong prisoner on the island of himself These writers worry about contemporary letters in a way that I find congenial, bracing, and commonsensical. And in “Farther Away” you read in a couple essays that these are Franzen’s actual opinions put into the mouths of his characters.


This is for me, anyway an awaay tough book to review on its own merit.

If I must summarise the topics, I would say Farther Away is a mixture of literary reviews and insight, interspersed with the author’s personal experiences. Fr This latest collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen is necessarily uneven.

One of the great cover-ups is sentimentality – one of the hallmarks of a genius is a terrifying lack of sentimentality. At times, I felt like a crusty English teacher, urging her student to make me feel why saving franzsn bird species or whatever other cause is meaningful. Commenters must follow our Terms of Use.

When he suggests that maybe if David Foster Wallace had gotten into birdwatching, he wouldn’t have committed suicide But, like I said, I cannot quite work up full-blown admiration for these critics the way I do for these dead old guys: Farther Away First edition cover. Want to Read saving….

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This sort of stark realism is not reserved solely for Wallace, but on display throughout the book. Yes, I appreciate and worry about the state of our planet, but the points made in The Ugly Mediterranean and The Chinese Puffin bored me. Oh I forgot there are also some hilariously crotchety thoughts in here about technology, like literally he is mad when people end cell phone conversations with “Love you!

In a paradoxical way, as much fwrther he complains about it, Franzen to me seems to embody the digital – he gripes about it, then mentions his Blackberry what’s that? That place, to extrapolate further, can be mental and psychological as well as geographical.

A little too scrilla with filler, but otherwise a solid second album with no hint of sophomore slump.

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My friend had a heart bigger than Nebraska whereas I had one eye on the bank account, another on the clock, and a vast store of cheap sentimentality I could call up on a dime. But I doubt Franzen would be so sympathetic to someone who works word search puzzles, or dominates a virtual battlefield in Call of Duty III. I am taking this book slowly, don’t want to lose the esse A collection of essays and speeches written in the last five years.


Really, the man trails faux pas behind him like toilet paper.

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On the contrary, his fiction is full of the anguish of trying to connect.

I did get a tad annoyed with his obsession on bird-watching, that appeared to be the unifying theme in several essays where he did address a number of interconnected topics and maybe thought the bird-watching would excuse his meandering. Once installed on the island — installed in the sense of barely able to erect his tent — Franzen reflects on the ludicrousness of the endeavour “I hadn’t felt so homesick since, possibly, the last time I’d camped by myself”the rise of the novel in the age of Defoe and on his “friendship fafther compare and contrast and in a brotherly way compete” with Wallace.

View all 8 comments. He prefers to deploy his power as a lobbyist, “a pleader on behalf of yet another fartheg writer”. He had a knack for that sort of thing. Love is the thing that saves us, absence of love or in Wallace’s case, apparently the rejection of love is what destroys us. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Some of these don’t read quite like what you’d expect from him: