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Más afuera (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) – Kindle edition by Jonathan Franzen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Más afuera has ratings and reviews. Maria said: I skipped two essays because they were boring and I just learned from lithub post that in my li. Más afuera has ratings and reviews. Mike said: I picked up Franzen’s How to Be Alone in grad school and recall liking it, so I picked this up.

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He’s pledged to the protection of endangered species of writers whose books are rarely but eagerly sighted in secondhand shops. This guy just drives me insane.

Más afuera by Jonathan Franzen (2 star ratings)

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For me, one of the most grating characters in Freedom was Patty Berglund– and I think there were times you weren’t meant to like her.

How to be Alone still remains one of my all-time favorite reads. Modern gadgetry is a constant ailment in this collection. This jonaghan is not yet featured on Listopia.

Topics Jonathan Franzen The Observer. 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. 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. Privacy, for example, which Franzen carefully redefines not as the desire to keep his personal life hidden from others but as the need to be spared “the intrusion of other people’s personal lives” into his own, especially via mobiles.

Overall, I was disappointed and felt that the author came off as being really pretentious. And you can see him struggling to try and tie a lot of these things together in the title piece, which is sort of about loneliness, sort of about birds, sort of about his deep friendship with David Foster Wallace, and sort of about Robinson Caruso, without it really being about any of these things.


It’s not bad at first and the story has some meaningful connections, but the author’s constant downtones at the end of sentences betrayed his continued depression.

Lucy rated it did not like it Aug 03, This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. Unfortunately, when this happens, much of that ephemera is After “Freedom”, I was ready to snatch up anything written by Franzen.

If I was unfamiliar with the book he was reviewing, most of the words felt meaningless with very little context to work with.

And if you want to read his essays, checkout “How to Be Alone” – that’s definitely worth a read. Bleech and that’s the nicest thing I have to say. It’s almost like he’s trying to be a quiet ass and not quite succeeding.

I MUCH prefer Franzen’s non-fiction to his fiction, but this collection of essays just didn’t quite click with me. Return to Book Page. Some of what happened there is by now well known.

The primary topics of these essays are 1 Jonathan Franzen; 2 birds; and 3 the evils of modern technology. A related phenomenon is the ongoing transformation, courtesy of Facebook, of the verb ‘to like’ from a state of mind to an action that you perform with your computer mouse: Trivia About Farther Away.

Customer Reviews Write a Review. He gave a commencement speech on his own failed first marriage? Some essays never caught; I simply could not get through them.

No surprise, then, that this Walden-like exercise in self-sufficiency inspired him to reach for his pen. Imbuing a character with these qualities–or any flaws–is the purpose of good fiction. This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Unfortunately he beats these strengths to death in Farther Away, which is nowhere near as strong as his past novels or non-fiction.

Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen – review

A tremendous essay in Franzen’s earlier collection, How to be Alonehad seen him “alone and unprepared on [the] steep-sided, frigid, airless, poorly mapped mountain” of The Recognitions. Franaen gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. How to be Alone still remains one of my all-time favorite reads.


I only suffered through the last half of the book because I’m such a big Franzen fan. In the case of Munro, Franzen seems somewhat to overstate the extent of her underappreciation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although I love Franzen, especially his essays, I felt like this was essentially a thrown together collection of “b-sides”.


After struggling through Freedom I wondered what was wrong with me. Een essaybundel hoeft geen consistent onderwerp te hebben, maar vraagt toch om en Tussendoortjes. Ik blijf soms liever op m’n honger zitten verschillende teksten in de bundel heb ik niet uitgelezendan ga ik wel een aantal jaren iemand anders lezen een enkel essay boeide me wel, maar konden het kleffe zoet van een verplicht tussendoortje best missen.

Subscribe now for coupons, newsletters, and more! The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Want to Read saving…. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I think a big problem is that Franzen has a tendency to be one of these “intellects” that dismisses, rather than logically argues against, his opponents; or worse, he simply assumes that the beauty of a jonathna is inherent to al I really feel like I should have walked away liking this more, but for the most part these essays came off as mostly bland, or self-indulgent.

Lists with This Book. Is he hip, cool, irrational? He gave a commencement speech on his own failed first marriage? Ftanzen one dripping with the authors desire to be viewed as smart and tortured. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Quite a feat, really. Je hebt bijna tien jaar nodig om een boek te schrijven dat min of meer een vorig succes evenaart, maar je hebt wel een hoop lezers zoet en een horde uitgevers tevreden te houden.