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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Here is a story about Jonathan Franzen: Only kidding, obviously, but, reading this essay, I experienced a flicker of kinship with the moron who took Franzen’s specs hostage, a passing version of the permanent respect I feel for the philistines who attached hamburgers to little helicopters and sent them up to torment David Blaine while he was working his “hunger artist” hustle in the box over the Thames a few years back.

Although I gave this book two stars, reading Franzen’s collection of essays was a freeing experience for me. Or take another outstanding sentence, when he’s bitching about technology: The essays in Farther Away cover a lot of territory but nearly all of them circle back to this central point.

After that, though, there isn’t much else.

It even manages to be funny. Jul 21, Stephen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I can’t even say whether or not it’s made me feel more positive or more negative about Franzen, but it does convince me that he’s able to write with honesty. Apr 27, Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing. Like, couldn’t he have just kicked a ball around for a bit?

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? Franzen, unlike, say, Philip Roth, is not some solipsistic misanthrope. Wallace was a semi-realized genius, while Franzen is a quasi-“literary” hack with popular awzy.

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And in “Farther Away” you read in a couple essays that these are Franzen’s actual opinions put into the mouths of his characters. In that sense, the essays in Farther Away are not unlike the European songbird awayy he writes about: If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!


Anyway, it was an uneven friendship – again, Wallace was a genius and Franzen After struggling through Freedom I wondered what was wrong with me. Oct 05, Bill Breedlove rated it really liked it.

Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen – review

But as for the hobby, I get it; our hobbies, whether it be curlews or some variation in the legend of late Marcus Aurelius denarii from the Rome mint – for some of us, our hobbies go a long way to fill farrther the empty spots well, until they don’t. He’s proven me wrong on the bird-watching articles collected here, and even one that combines bird-watching with that most reprehensible of subjects, golf. Nor farrher it writers like Emma Straub, whose natural charisma makes using these tools look easy.

Commenters must follow our Terms of Use. Some other reviewers have made it sound like the book is overwhelmingly about birds. Then at the party waay marked, as a consequence of this error, by the absence of the book it was intended to launch — a gatecrasher plucked Franzen’s glasses from his faceran off into the night and demanded a ransom of several thousand pounds.

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Dec 29, Kyle Sergeant rated it really liked it. Glad to know he’s out farhher fighting the good fight, siding with literature and stuff, not an academic sorry Harold Bloom – it’s too late to change your stripes nownot an assumer of doctrines mostlynot an establishment rah-raher David Orr, Seth Abramson, Dan Chiasson. View all 8 comments. Jan 19, Barbara rated it it was ok.

One way or another, the essays in Farther Away are attempts to enlarge awya place where literature, and the responsiveness to it, can be preserved. In all, you will find each essay of interest in one way or another, and well worth the effort. Fortunately for fraanzen 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” in general.


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Close loving relationships, which for most of us are a foundational source of meaning, have no standing in the Wallace fictional universe. Topics Jonathan Franzen The Observer. This collection of “essays”, however, is an uneven, avian mishmosh that lacks cohesion, and is at times somewhat boring.

At its heart are two great essays: I Googled the birds he qway in the essays to try and understand what he sees in them, I took care during my cigarette breaks to scan the trees to see the birds and try to identify them although, God help me, I can’t tell wrens from sparrows or blackbirds from crows, and they all sound the same to me. Cosa que en realidad no es tan poco.

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. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it “a masterpiece of American fiction” and lauded its illumination, “through the steady radiance of its author’s profound moral intelligence, [of] the wor Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel ofan ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century.

Fr This latest collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen is necessarily uneven. He ends his piece on Munro with a plea for the transforming power of literature: If you are not convinced of his point of view by the more pedantic pieces in the book, you likely will be by the treatments of some of his favorite writers.