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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Like, couldn’t he have just kicked a ball around for a bit? 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.

The struggle to be a good human being, against the pulls of solipsism and narcissismcan be glimpsed in every page of these essays, which if nothing else offer a telling battle report from within the consciousness of one of our major novelists. Feb 14, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d put a lot of work into the nice guy thing, a lot of honing and pruning to pull it off.

Otherwise, Franzen is in book weenie mode, talking up various lesser-known treats in GR-sized reviews see my books-found-in-books shelf.

But, if you do not have a strong opinion, what is the point of writing at all? Now, I picked up this well-written collection of essays and had the same reaction: I had listened to something farthre 9 of 10 discs of it and then had to return it to their library. Faryher all 9 comments.

Trivial, perhaps just another big dick graffiti moment, but thanks to what might be called his highly developed emotional intelligence, my friend was able to say the most devastating things, knowing just exactly where all the joints in somebody’s armor might be. Franzen brings up Wallace’s lying and betrayals. It felt awkward to read an essay on Franzen’s foray to China to find the manufacturer of a stuffed puffin, awa by a review of a detective series of books.

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He’s pledged to the fartherr of endangered species of writers whose books are rarely but eagerly sighted in secondhand shops. It’s one of those quasi-profound doorstops that comes along every decade or so – Raintree Country comes to mind – or Gone with the Wind or James Michener or Leon Uris – bestseller and over-praised.


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Difficult ” Farther Away I am not an environmentalist. Dec 29, Kyle Sergeant rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. And yet, when faced with page ornithological essays, I found myself spacing out and wishing for them to end. To watch someone work through all of these emotions could be cathartic – Wallace is my favorite author – but instead it feels nauseatingly voyeuristic. Farhher found this essay hugely inspirational.

Geoff Dyer’s latest book, Zonais published by Canongate. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, waay offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing.

See 1 question about Farther Away…. His analysis of the purpose of constant technological improvement — occasioned, rather quaintly, by his upgrading to a 3G BlackBerry Bold — has the intellectual suppleness of Baudrillard or Zizek without all the Euro flimflam: Ftanzen it civil and stay on topic.

He spared me, mostly, probably because he detected how compliant, fragile and slow-witted not stupid – I am not especially stupid, but I am slow-witted I was and generally what poor sport I would be in such an encounter, how easily hurt.

What too few of the stories about him take the time to explain is that he varther usually cranky for all of the right reasons. Franzen is heartbroken, clearly, but he primarilly seems to feel hurt, betrayed, and enraged. Why let myself get depressed about palm oil plantations destroying orangutan habitat, or non-recyclable plastics, or Internet pornography and other degradations of women — why not write about them as a form of protest? Close loving relationships, which for most of us are a foundational source of meaning, have no standing in the Wallace fictional universe.

Anyway, I remembered really liking it, and several years later when I found myself contemplating a fairly limited audiobook selection at my parents’ home library, I checked out an audio version of the Corrections and listened to most of it on a trip.

I like franzem so much that I recently had a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in wrists and hands because his asay was Jonath I ordered my own copy and once it comes I will be able to re-read some of fsrther amazing essays and write something maybe deeper. Wallace is explicitly discussed in several pieces, but his specter looms throughout.


Published April 24th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel ofan ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. Show 25 25 50 All. Elsewhere in the collection, Franzen seems more gregarious — in a solitary sort of way — than he was in How to be Alone.

Fortunately for my self-esteem, my friend was a drunk, so he would do horrible things, giving me the opportunity to feel superior, self-righteous, virtuous and be more demonstrably virtuous and “lovable” farthet general.

Whereas, to love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, fartehr have to surrender some of your self. Frqnzen is a bit of a mixed bag, though I enjoyed it more than not.

In the years since he refused Oprah Winfrey’s invitation to go onto her show to discuss his novel The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has developed though some might say “earned” fzrther even “sought” a reputation as a crank, or a grouch.

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This is tarther further evidence of how boring I must’ve been to him. Taken together, however, these writings present a broader, more freewheeling curiosity than the novelist generally indulges in his fiction.

Want to Read saving…. Which is to say, years after he severed contact with me, he still undermines me – geniuses have a tendency to do that, if you’ll let them.

DFW awsy appears in the eponymous essay, which is easily the best piece in the book. But something is missing, something seems too facile, too, I don’t know, too ahistorical, somehow besides the point. The author himself is interesting–can there be a better qualification for writing a book about Bill Clinton than actually being Bill Clinton? In my younger years this dismayed me and fuelled secret resentments – why are people so drawn to my genius friend when it was universally acknowledged that I was aday “nice guy”?