How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

Essays

Book - 2002
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Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374173272
0374173273
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Fra
Characteristics: 278 p

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RustyRook Feb 11, 2012

A wonderful collection of essays by Jon Franzen. His writing is crisp, precise and has a hard-to-describe fluidity.
Franzen covers a lot of different material: there's an essay about Franzen's father's Alzheimer's near the start of the book; the wonderful "Why Bother?" in which he considers the place of fiction (and the habit of reading) in modern society; and even one about sex-advice books near the end.
Most of the essays deliver clear social commentary, and though I disagreed with Franzen here and there, it was a pleasure to read such well-thought (and, again, well-written) opinions.
There is also humour in the book. Some of it is laugh-out-loud funny, but mostly it's soft, considered humour.
Get it and enjoy it!

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