The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
"Painful for me, because I'm the same age as "Al""
Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.
"Not a case of Franzenfreude"
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.
"Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration."
Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.
"Compelling Story, Ridiculous Narrator"
Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen’s non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigour....
St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.
"A messy, ambitious, prognostic American novel"
Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections. Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel.
In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. These pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing.
"Two different readers, two different experiences"
Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone is his intimate memoir of his development from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person", through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions.
"Good narration, like some essays more than others"
The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
"A memorable book; flawless narration"
A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.
"A modest performance."
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? Most of all, what has happened to Patty?
Anatomie d'un mariage et d'une famille - les Berglund -, ce livre analyse les illusions, les déceptions et les compromis d'une génération de baby-boomers qui avaient rêvé un jour de changer le monde. Mais c'est aussi un acte d'accusation implacable à l'égard d'une nation qui a cessé depuis longtemps d'incarner ses propres valeurs. Qu'avons-nous fait de notre liberté ?, se demandent les personnages de Jonathan Franzen.
Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.
"A random collection?"
Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His several books include the novel Reservation Blues and the story and poetry collections Ten Little Indians, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which he adapted for the film Smoke Signals, and The Business of Fancydancing, which he adapted for film and also directed.
"Ay-Yi-Yi-Yi", by Ben McGrath; "A Rooting Interest", by Jonathan Franzen; "The Plagiarist’s Tale", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Fright Nights", by Anthony Lane; "It’s Good Enough for Me", by Emily Nussbaum; and "Powers of Evil", by David Denby.
"Borderlines", by William Finnegan; "Great-Man Theory", by Ben McGrath; "Blow-Up" by Peter Savodnik; "Emptying the Skies", by Jonathan Franzen; "Win or Lose", by Anthony Gottlieb; and "Dream Factory", by David Denby.
Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.
"Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
Riunire la famiglia a casa per un ultimo Natale: è questo il grande sogno, la grande ossessione di Enid Lambert, dopo quasi cinquant'anni di matrimonio. Cresciuti nel rigido rispetto della tipica morale americana del Dopoguerra, i tre figli hanno da tempo preso il volo e se le aspettative erano molte, le delusioni non sono mancate. Da uno dei più importanti scrittori americani del nuovo millennio, un formidabile romanzo ricco di dolente umorismo e di umanità.
Die junge Pip Tyler weiß nicht, wer ihr Vater ist. Das ist nicht ihr einziges Problem: Sie hat Studienschulden, ihr Bürojob in Oakland ist eine Sackgasse, sie liebt einen verheirateten Mann und ihre Mutter erdrückt sie mit Liebe und Geheimniskrämerei. Als ihr eines Tages bei Whistleblower Andreas Wolf ein Praktikum angeboten wird, hofft sie, er könne ihr bei der Suche nach ihrem Vater helfen. Sie stellt ihre Mutter vor die Wahl: Entweder diese lüftet das Geheimnis ihrer Herkunft, oder Pip macht sich auf nach Bolivien, wo Andreas Wolf sein Enthüllungswerk vollbringt. Und wenig später bricht sie auf.