How to Be Alone

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Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Now in How to be Alone, discover the personal narratives and the dead-on reportage that earned Franzen a wide readership before the s

Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Now in How to be Alone, discover the personal narratives and the dead-on reportage that earned Franzen a wide readership before the success of The Corrections.

The audiobook How to be Alone features Franzen's reading of a moving narrative of his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease (which won a National Magazine Award and has been reprinted around the world).

Although his essays range from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each essay wrestles with essential themes of Franzen's writing: the erosion of civic life and private dignity, and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America.

Here, in 14 essays, are 14 fresh answers to the question of how to be alone in a noisy and distracting mass culture. These essays show the wry distrust of the claims of technology and psychology, the love-hate relationship with consumerism, and the subversive belief in the tragic shape of the individual life that help make Franzen one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 20/08/13
Riflessioni di uno scrittore che avevo - ingiustamente, a questo punto - abbandonato ai tempi di Le correzioni. Saggi su lettore e scrittore nella cultura di massa che - per quanto molto contestualizzati nella realtà nordamericana - possono essere un ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 20/07/11
The way this writer expreses himself is one of the greatest gifts one can have as a reader.
Check out what I wrote in my blog: http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=2352207245580817760&postID=2381399455439164616

11-21-2011: I loved each one of these essays. The one I enjoyed the most was the one about Oprah and how everything
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