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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His prose is usually devoid of emotion and sentimentality. But the fact was, despite the horribleness, he had a talent for love that I don’t. If I must summarise the topics, I would say Farther Away is a mixture of literary reviews and insight, interspersed with the author’s personal experiences. If love is nevertheless excluded from his work, it’s because he never quite felt that he deserved to receive it. Franzen understands the sort of writer he is, and I recommend this collection to writers or readers believing they are writers.

Whereas, to love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, you have to surrender some of your self.

Since I have personal experience in this area – I was once friends with a genius while I myself am most definitely not a genius – I admired Franzen’s efforts to explore this dynamic, which for the non-genius, can be humiliating among other things.

I read The Corrections several years ago, perhaps just after it was at its zeitgeistiest.

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.

There is no over-riding theme to this collection, but each article is written with the precise and thoughtful prose of one of the best writers of our times. This may be for some people, but it is, regrettably, not for me.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Several book reviews which suspiciously appear to be Franzen’s introductions lifted from the reprinted novels he’s reviewingan irritating “interview” with New York State huh?


The funeral address he delivered for his friend, the novelist David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide inis a masterclass in generous but unsaccharine eulogy. It traces the progress of Franzen’s unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Again, I loathed it. Kinda hits home as I write a review in the hopes frznzen I will receive many ‘helps’.

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.

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.

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.

Farther Away: A Collection by Jonathan Franzen: review

This collection contains heartfelt essays, journalism, and speeches that argue that our smartphones reduce intimacy just as much as they increas 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” or even “sought” a reputation as frranzen crank, or a grouch.

Ffarther he is no slouch on the extra-curricular writing front, and this is his second essay collection. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

What does come out loud and clear, however, is that Franzen values his personal privacy, and will do anything he has to to keep it for himself. And there are three pieces that involve aspects of birding and conservation, but only one of them was dedicated specifically to this subject. Again, an interesting book of non-fiction. And yet I’d be a lesser everything without him, without that experience.


This piece is very good, especially in the unsentimental way Franzen examines without making excuses for DFW’s actions. When typesetters sent to print an uncorrected early draft of Freedom80, copies of the book had to be pulped.

For an individual described by the father of Joshua Cody in his son’s memoir [sic] as “just about the cagiest guy I’ve ever met”, Franzen has been distinctly uncagey about the agonies of being nailed to the vocational cross of the novel. Glad to know he’s out there 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.

My new genius friend flipped me off and laughed. Fortunately, Franzen’s love of birds unlike, say, Annie Proulx’s ridiculously self-indulgent bird-watching paean Bird Cloud makes for compelling reading. See 1 question about Farther Away…. He looked through the scope for two seconds before turning away with patent boredom. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Anyway, it was an uneven friendship – again, Wallace was a genius and Franzen Not to be contrarian, but I think I prefer Franzen’s essays and nonfiction to his fiction.

One of the most ruthlessly intellectually and emotionally honest people I’ve ever known would resort to lying and cheap excuse-mongering.

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His bitterness over environmental issues, forgotten works of fiction, American politics because it’s just SO original to be bitter about thatsocial networks and cell phones, it all feels like someone checking things off of a old list of grievances rather then someone passionately engaging with any of them.

Love is all things. Books can be one way of becoming that impassioned, involved lover and critic of awya world he describes in the first essay.