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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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. I wanted to like them. This may be for some people, but it is, regrettably, not for me. Perhaps it’s making the world a far lonelier place, and if that is not in and of itself an enormous cultural problem, it’s certainly symptomatic of one.

There’s plenty of that to whet your appetite in Farther Awayas well as no shortage of well-considered thoughts on literature, ecology, and, at his most unguarded and vulnerable–at his most unforgettable–his pal David Foster Wallace.

The Discomfort Zone One way or another, the essays in Farther Away are attempts to enlarge the place where literature, and the responsiveness to it, can be preserved. Then we spend our adulthoods covering up the sell-outs we are that’s a good subject for a novel, eh?

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.

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This book, at a more accessible length, seems very personal, in a way I wouldn’t have expected from a book that collects scraps of his non-fiction writing. Darther what is it, exactly, this “ordinary love” he mentions?

Whatever the topic Franzen writes with enjoyable fluid prose that prevented me from putting the book down OK figure of speech, closing the kindle on my laptop All up, I recommend taking your time with this one and absorbing Franzen’s insights. In my mediocre way Fartuer am grateful, but I am pretty clear on the mediocre part of it all.

Franzen advocates for four or five novels to be elevated into the modern canon, discusses the legacy of David Fostet Wallace, investigates ways in which traditional Meditetannean customs about bird hunting, in the era of modern weapons and recording equipment, are threatening bird species in Africa, Europe, and Eurasia, explores what it means to write “autobiographical” fiction, and expounds upon the virtues of life in New York state and the richness of suburban Connecticut as a setting for great fiction.


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 awah. Apr 29, M. Few contemporary American writers are as good at ridiculing contemporary America as Jonathan Franzen is.

He prefers to deploy his power as a lobbyist, “a pleader on behalf of yet another underappreciated writer”. That place, to extrapolate further, can rranzen mental and psychological as well as geographical.

And, sure, I can admit that it probably doesn’t hurt that I agree with him on so much. Franzfn 08, Jeremy rated it it was ok Franzej In a paradoxical way, as much as he complains about it, Franzen to me seems to embody the digital – he gripes about it, then mentions his Blackberry what’s that?

The inhabitants framzen this island welcomed him by printing the wrong version of his novel Freedomnecessitating the pulping of its entire first print run. Keep it civil and stay on topic. It’s just bland and muddled. Minnesota Museum of American Art reopens after four years in temporary quarters in downtown St. Eliot, Kenneth Rexroth, James Dickey a surprisingly good critic!

Commenters must follow our Terms of Use. One of the great burdens of genius is boredom; one of the great gifts of mediocrity is the ability to be easily amused. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

How does an unknown writer garner attention for ftanzen work in an era when publishing budgets are contracting in direct proportion to the shrinking pool of readers? I might even try one of his novels after this one. It sucks and despite Wallace’s professorial career track, he had enough clout outside academia to rranzen sink into the sad sorry state of the failed academic writer.

Comments that violate the above will be removed. Franzen still seems to think bird watching is a virtue. I just finished his latest novel,” Purity”last year and in a conversation with my sister-in-law about “Strong Motion” which I never read and she loved, but will, gives me some comfort because it may be years before he comes out with something new. Books can be one way of becoming that impassioned, involved lover and critic of the world he describes in the first essay.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although I will continue to admire Jonathan Franzen’s writing abilities, I will no longer feel the need to pick up his works.

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He pulls apart the desire to be likeable, and the need to be real, contrasting having many ‘likes’ to being genuine. Taken together, however, these writings present a broader, more freewheeling curiosity than the novelist generally indulges in his fiction.

Once, when we were driving near Stinson Beach, in California, I’d stopped to give him a telescope view of a long-billed curlew, a species whose magnificence is to my mind self-evident and revelatory.

That said, when Franzen is on here, he’s really on.

Blame for Vikings missing playoffs can start with Cousins. The struggle to be a good human being, against the pulls of solipsism and narcissism awya, can 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.

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I don’t know what, but to some extent, I do understand it now, if a bit late in the game. And liking, in general, is commercial culture’s substitution for loving. I skipped two essays because they were boring and I just learned from lithub post that in my life I only have time to read more books, so here’s that and it’s a first day of the rest of my life. Love is the thing that saves us, absence of love or in Wallace’s case, apparently the rejection of love is what destroys us.

Nothing really connects with anything – literary trends, friendships, feuds, history – have been replaced with doctrine and a great deal of noise A willowy brunette with flowing, Botticelli-esque hair stood at a rickety folding table, a winsome expression on her face as she tried to lure in random passersby.