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Farther away, Jonathan Franzen

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Farther away
Title
Farther away
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Jonathan Franzen
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In "Farther Away," which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him
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Review
  • Franzen (The Corrections) follows up his 2010 blockbuster novel, Freedom, with a collection of recent essays, speeches, and reviews, in which he lays out a view of literature in which storytelling and character development trump lyrical acrobatics, and unearths a few forgotten classics. Franzen’s easy dismissal of a few canonical works, such as Ulysses, may invite contention, but when in his native realm—books that revel in the frustrations, despairs, and near-blisses of human relationships—he is an undeniably perceptive reader. In other essays, he confronts an epidemic of songbird hunting in the Mediterranean, tracks a novelty golf club cover back to a Chinese factory to investigate that nation’s notoriously ambivalent stance toward environmental conservation, and withdraws to a remote South American island to meditate on Robinson Crusoe and the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace. He also weighs in on Facebook’s narcissistic death spiral and the way the “sexy” new gadgets that never seem to leave our fingertips get in the way of real life and relationships, as well as the uneasy subject of autobiographical fiction and the effect a failed marriage had on his early novels. This intimate read is packed with provocative questions about technology, love, and the state of the contemporary novel. Agent: Susan Golomb Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 26, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 13, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Do you say "Love you!" when ending cell phone conversations? If so Franzen (Freedom ) may have an issue with you. In his essay "I Just Called to Say I Love You," he states that the cell phone "enables and encourages the inflicting of the personal and individual on the public and communal." While shopping, waiting for a plane to depart, or walking down the street, he does not want to be pulled into "the sticky world of some nearby human being's home life." In this collection of 21 essays and speeches written from 1998 to 2011, readers see the world through Franzen's eyes—including when those eyes are engaged in his leisure pursuit of bird-watching—but for the most part he zeroes in on how society impacts the individual, mainly via technology, and how people influence one another. His remarks at the memorial service for David Foster Wallace are also included, as is his address to the 2011 Kenyon College graduating class. VERDICT Readers get a good look at Franzen's keen observations here, which help make this an excellent collection for fans of his fiction as well as for aspiring writers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/7/11.]— Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL --Joyce Sparrow (Reviewed April 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 07, p81)
  • /* Starred Review */ Further dispatches from one of contemporary literature's most dependable talents. Franzen (Freedom, 2010, etc.) returns with a nonfiction collection that includes book reviews, reportage and personal reflections on such topics as the social scourge of cell phones and the pleasures of bird-watching, but the collection as a whole is haunted by the author's relationship with David Foster Wallace, a peer similarly lauded for erudition and seriousness of purpose who committed suicide in 2008. Wallace's suicide provides the emotional ballast for the title essay, an account of Franzen's sojourn to an impossibly remote island where he hoped to escape the demands of modern technology, see some exceedingly rare birds and scatter the ashes of his dead friend. The piece functions as travelogue, a reckoning with the novel Robinson Crusoe and a howl of despair at the suicide of a friend, and Franzen's formidable intelligence and literary skill combine these strands into an unforgettably lyrical meditation on solitude and loss. Elsewhere, the author makes impassioned cases for such obscure novels as The Hundred Brothers and The Man Who Loved Children, recounts hair-raising adventures protecting endangered birds on Cyprus from poachers, wrestles with Chinese bureaucracy and the ethical implications of golf and, in a whimsical, digressive faux interview with the state of New York, manages a highly amusing impersonation of Wallace's lighter work. Franzen can get a bit schoolmarmish and crotchety in his caviling against the horrors of modern society, and he perhaps overestimates the appeal of avian trivia to the general reader, but anyone with an interest in the continued relevance of literature and in engaging with the world in a considered way will find much here to savor. An unfailingly elegant and thoughtful collection of essays from the formidable mind of Franzen, written with passion and haunted by loss.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012)
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10075716
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DLC
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Franzen, Jonathan
Dewey number
814/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3556.R352
LC item number
A6 2012
Literary form
essays
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adult
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essays
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Farther away, Jonathan Franzen
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Contents
Pain won't kill you (2011) -- Farther away (2011) -- The greatest family ever storied (2010) -- Hornets (2010) -- The ugly Mediterranean (2010) -- The corn king (2010) -- On autobiographical fiction (2009) -- I just called to say I love you (2008) -- David Foster Wallace (2008) -- The Chinese puffin (2008) -- On The laughing policeman (2008) -- Comma-then (2008) -- Authentic but horrible (2007) -- Interview with New York state (2007) -- Love letters (2005) -- Our little planet (2005) -- The end of the binge (2005) -- What makes you so sure you're not the evil one yourself? (2004) -- Our relations : a brief history (2004) -- The man in the gray flannel suit (2002) -- No end to it (1998)
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780374153571
Lccn
2011046067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
  • 759175040
  • (OCoLC)759175040
Label
Farther away, Jonathan Franzen
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pain won't kill you (2011) -- Farther away (2011) -- The greatest family ever storied (2010) -- Hornets (2010) -- The ugly Mediterranean (2010) -- The corn king (2010) -- On autobiographical fiction (2009) -- I just called to say I love you (2008) -- David Foster Wallace (2008) -- The Chinese puffin (2008) -- On The laughing policeman (2008) -- Comma-then (2008) -- Authentic but horrible (2007) -- Interview with New York state (2007) -- Love letters (2005) -- Our little planet (2005) -- The end of the binge (2005) -- What makes you so sure you're not the evil one yourself? (2004) -- Our relations : a brief history (2004) -- The man in the gray flannel suit (2002) -- No end to it (1998)
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780374153571
Lccn
2011046067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 759175040
  • (OCoLC)759175040

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