Franzen Essays Focus on Favourite Books, Birds
Jonathan Franzen's new essay collection presents an engaging grab bag of pieces, many focusing on the star American novelist's twin preoccupations, books and birds.
Those who've devoured his two best-known novels, Freedom (2010), and The Corrections (2001), already have a good sense of Franzen's tortured Midwestern ethos -- songbirds being the obsession of a main character in Freedom -- but he gets close and personal in several of these 22 entries.
As in his previous essay collection, How to Be Alone (2002), some of them are well-researched pieces of long-form personal journalism. Others are short knock-offs. He orders them chronologically, from most recent to oldest, …
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Publication information: Article title: Franzen Essays Focus on Favourite Books, Birds. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Winnipeg Free Press. Publication date: May 26, 2012. Page number: J11. © F.P. Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership Jun 21, 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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