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Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen
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FARTHER AWAY. (2012). Jonathan Franzen. ****.
This volume collects a bunch of essays, interviews, and reviews that, according to the info on the book flap, Franzen wrote in the last five years. (This isn’t strictly true, since the last article was one that was used as an introduction for a reissue of a novel in 1991, but – so what.) 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. 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. Some of the essays included: “Farther Away,” the story of his trip to a small island, Masafuera, where he was isolated and was able to do some birdwatching – his latest love in life. “The Greatest Family Ever Storied,” was an analysis – more than a review – of Christiana Stead’s, ‘The Man Who Loved Children.’ “Hornets,” relates a period in his life when he had less than no money, and acted as a house sitter for a variety of friends. 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. “The Ugly Mediterranean,” was about the massive practice of trapping songbirds in Cyprus, a practice I didn’t know about. In all, you will find each essay of interest in one way or another, and well worth the effort. Recommended.
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