How to Be Alone
Edition language: English
, Short Stories
At this point, this collection of essays is a little, well, historical. I really found the examination of how culture and media and technology and literature terribly interesting -- some of those thoughts are still floating around in cyberspace today. But mostly I just enjoyed these essays for the...
The book started very promising with My father's brain which I thought was great and got me excitedly adding more Franzen stuff to my Goodreads pile.After that... meh. I should probably attempt to write my review as flawless as Franzen (well, I'm not going to succeed in that) just to weigh up to som...
Aside from essays involving Alzheimer's disease, cigarettes, and the fall of the Chicago Post Office, the bulk of the other essays centered on reading and/or writing (especially literary fiction), and about his own, personal, inner conflicts, both of those coming into play together at times. For ex...
Rating: 3* of fiveThe Book Description: Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel. Th...
Franzen is tetchy and depressed and generally pessimistic about the world, but not in a way that's always interesting to read.
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