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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Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen – review | Books | The Guardian
Or take another outstanding sentence, when he’s bitching about technology: He also draws the issue close to home, describing how his relationship with his late rfanzen may have coloured his view of cellphones. It is an interesting relationship Wallace and Franzen had – friends and rivals, the way all real literary friendships should be.
When drinking, he would use this gift in ways that can only be described as diabolical. Jonathan Franzen is one of my favorite writers. Father, Kenneth Rexroth, James Dickey a surprisingly good critic!
Franzen, unlike, say, Philip Roth, is not some solipsistic misanthrope. What we get, instead, are characters keeping their heartless compulsions secret from those who love them; characters scheming to appear loving or to prove to themselves that what feels like love is really just disguised self-interest; or, at most, characters directing and abstract or spiritual love toward somebody profoundly repellent – the cranial-fluid-dripping wife in Infinite Jest, the psychopath in the last of the interviews with hideous men.
At one house, he found that the lawn was infested with hornet nests, and he had to get rid of them; not a pleasant task. Another similarity is Franzen’s bird-watching, featured prominently in this collection. fxrther
But the dynamics awayy similar, I’d bet. Cutting through the noise is the critic’s goal, and Franzen is hard to hear too much of the time. He looked through the scope for two seconds before turning away with patent boredom. No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks. But I did snicker a lot. 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.
To ask other readers questions about Farther Awayplease sign up. The struggle to be a good human being, against the pulls of solipsism and narcissismcan be glimpsed in every page of these essays, which if nothing else offer a telling battle report from within the consciousness of one of our major novelists.
So much of what passes for literary relationships has degenerated to professors being colleagues to each other – backbiting and squabbling, but mostly off the record, keeping within career bounds. fagther
Some people may find it heartening to see that even someone as talented, intelligent and self-critical as Mr Franzen cannot avoid including the odd clunker in this his second essay collection. Loading comments… Trouble loading? I used to feel bad for Franzen because he was forever going to be known as DFW’s less-talented friend but now I think I feel bad because he’s so obsessed with birds??
View all 8 comments. As a result, the contents are arranged in reverse chronological order so that we end up where this phase could be said to have begun, with the piece on Fox’s Desperate Characters. A few years before he died, he signed my hardcover copies of his two most recent books. Dec 15, Bryan rated it liked it Shelves: In a paradoxical way, as much as he complains about it, Franzen to me seems to embody the digital – he gripes about it, then mentions his Blackberry what’s that?
There’s a subtler synergy, too.
Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen
And this is why love, as I understand franzne, is always specific. Really, the man trails faux pas behind him like toilet paper. This is one of the reasons the company of a genius can be pretty scarifying for us mediocrities.
Then we spend our adulthoods covering up the sell-outs we are that’s a good subject for a novel, eh? 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.
Jonathan Franzen meditates on marriage and mobiles in these largely brilliant essays,” The Guardian10 June Taken together, however, these writings present a broader, more freewheeling curiosity than the novelist generally indulges in his fiction. But there is a hierarchy of hobbies – Franzen is pretty pleased with his birds and with the idea of himself watching birds as I zway, sometimes, when I am winkling out some attribution from an obscure numismatic source.
Wallace is explicitly discussed in several pieces, but his specter looms throughout.