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: Essays [Jonathan Franzen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this incisive collection of speeches and essays, Jonathan. Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for ‘Freedom’ ‘Deeper, funnier, sadder and truer than a work Farther Away: Essays – Kindle edition by Jonathan Franzen.

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Farther Away: A Collection by Jonathan Franzen: review – Telegraph

Farther Away First edition cover. The essays on their work in Farther Away give a tacit continuity to the two volumes, though this is offset by the decision to put the recent Wallace-Crusoe piece near the beginning. Wallace was a semi-realized genius, while Franzen is a quasi-“literary” hack with popular appeal. Or take another outstanding sentence, awway he’s bitching about technology: I like him so much that I recently had a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in wrists and hands because his name was Jonath I ordered my own copy and once it comes I will be able to re-read some of the amazing essays and write something maybe deeper.

And yet they always manage to disappoint me, flinching at the last second, resorting to some bit of contemporary correctitude or right-thinking. He had a knack for that sort of thing. Apr 27, Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing.

This does not, however, detract from what is a useful deconstruction of an individuals attitude to the creative arts in twenty-first century America. Hudson rated it liked it. 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 awzy.

David’s fiction is populated with dissemblers and manipulators and emotional isolates and yet the people who had only glancing or formal contact with him took this rather laborious hyperconsiderateness and moral wisdom at face value. There, he looked back fondly on the days when John Cheever and James Baldwin had their pictures on the cover of Time magazine.


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Most books I read usually elicit a frsnzen reaction from me. Cutting through the noise is the critic’s goal, and Franzen is hard to hear too much of the time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I need undermining, both as “artist” and half-baked man. He’s blind as a mole without his specs, apparently; probably the result of having subjected his peepers to every page of William Gaddis’s The Recognitions and about half of JR. Like I said, this is a humiliating realization. Fr This latest collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen is necessarily uneven.

Oct 11, Pixelina rated it liked it Shelves: Not to be contrarian, dranzen I think I prefer Franzen’s essays and nonfiction to his fiction. An intimate portrait of Franzen and who’d have thought it?

The way he writes about literature he loves is mesmerizing – I added Alice Munro, Paula Fox and James Fartherr to my to-read shelf after reading his eloquent encomiums. Apr 14, Olha Khilobok rated it it was amazing. Another dismaying thing aday my friendship with a genius was that my friend was a genius at love – I don’t mean girlfriends, which he accumulated by the score on top of genius, my friend looked like an out-at-the-elbows John F. Hardcoverpages.

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I like Jonathan Franzen best when he’s at his grouchiest. Just skip over the bird essays. The second essay of note is on autobiographical fiction and contains an interesting and informative insight into Mr.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? I disagree, but it’s entirely possible that for some readers, a little birding goes a long way, and Franzen is definitely an enthusiast. Elsewhere in the collection, Franzen seems more gregarious — in a solitary sort of way — than he was in How to be Alone. A genius has ways of manifesting his boredom, often with displays of cruelty.

At its heart are two great essays: But I did snicker a lot. Refresh and try again.

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


In my mediocre way I am grateful, but I am pretty clear on the mediocre part of it all. These essays are exemplary instances of reader-friendly criticism in that they can be studied profitably even by people unfamiliar with the works in question.

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? 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.

My new genius friend flipped me off and laughed. Elsewhere Franzen puts it: Again, an interesting book of non-fiction. But he is no slouch on the extra-curricular writing front, and this is his second essay collection.

I’ll be seeking Franzen’s books like this It’s a truly heartbreaking story, and it along with a speech given by Franzen at a memorial service for DFW is a fitting tribute to one of the best writers of our generation. It’s a splendid essay 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.

The centrepiece of that earlier collection was an essay in which Franzen lamented, analysed and ended up surmounting the difficulties of writing novels in an age when everyone had better ie worse things to do than read ’em.

Franzen disappointed me, a little, but not because of style or story — but topic — and in that disappointment and reflection afterwards I realized something: For a novelist like Franzen, they make for strange bedfellows.