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Book Title: Selected Essays from: How to be Alone|
The author of the book: Jonathan Franzen
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: 2004
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Franzen writes very much as a pretentious, alienated ex-pat of our modern time; his critiques of modern-day technology, although eloquent and atypical, still manage to be overly cynical for my tastes--written with an eye towards analysis rather than a hope for change.
I enjoyed his more sentimental, personal essays, however, like "My Father's Brain," which felt very private. The kind of bravery exemplified in these essays I felt were preferable to his cold, brutal analysis of the general masses of today, as it painted him as more human and emotional, showing that he could relate to people in general.
My biggest problem with the book lies in the pretentious way he writes; the novel reads more like political debates I had read in my philosophy class rather than an essay born out of the heart or personal opinion.
Overall, an interesting read, and I would recommend it, as it does seem to do what it advertises--"How to be alone." An interesting insight to the book, if gleaning the right notions from the book, can be helpful to issues of the self and alone-ness. While the book did more of a "help me to read into how others are alone," I personally did not take it as advice to heart.
Overall, very well-written, and though I did not love it, it was very interesting and I recommend it.
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Read information about the authorJonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG. His fourth novel, Freedom, was published in the fall of 2010.
Franzen's other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers' Award, Granta's Best Of Young American Novelists (1996), the Salon Book Award (2001), the New York Times Best Books of the Year (2001), and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2002).
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