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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History Jonathan Franzen Arrived Late, And Last, In A Family Of Boys In Webster Groves, Missouri The Discomfort Zone Is His Intimate Memoir Of His Growth From A Small And Fundamentally Ridiculous Person, Through An Adolescence Both Excruciating And Strangely Happy, Into An Adult With Embarrassing And Unexpected Passions It S Also A Portrait Of A Middle Class Family Weathering The Turbulence Of The S, And A Vivid Personal History Of The Decades In Which America Turned Away From Its Midcentury Idealism And Became A Polarized SocietyThe Story Franzen Tells Here Draws On Elements As Varied As The Explosive Dynamics Of A Christian Youth Fellowship In The S, The Effects Of Kafka S Fiction On His Protracted Quest To Lose His Virginity, The Elaborate Pranks That He And His Friends Orchestrated From The Roof Of His High School, His Self Inflicted Travails In Selling His Mother S House After Her Death, And The Web Of Connections Between His All Consuming Marriage, The Problem Of Global Warming, And The Life Lessons To Be Learned In Watching BirdsThese Chapters Of A Midwestern Youth And A New York Adulthood Are Warmed By The Same Combination Of Comic Scrutiny And Unqualified Affection That Characterize Franzen S Fiction, But Here The Main Character Is The Author Himself Sparkling, Daring, Arrestingly Honest, The Discomfort Zone Narrates The Formation Of A Unique Mind And Heart In The Crucible Of An Everyday American Family


About the Author: Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan 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.http us.macmillan.com author jonath



10 thoughts on “The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

  1. says:

    I spent the weekend at the beach, but I thought I might wind up enjoying something, so I brought along the gloomiest Gus in town, Jonathan Franzen.Here s the thing Franzen is the only mainstream American culture he s been on Oprah and the cover of Time, and as far as I m concerned that puts him at Miley Cyrus levels of mainstream for the middle aged, class, and Western who actually spits venom at the system I app


  2. says:

    In which I tell Jonathan Franzen to stop trying to distract me with goddamned ducks, dammit Why not call it essays Or a memoir Because Franzen is at pains to show you what a cool cat he is, that s why Franzen s a different animal here, is all I can say or, perhapsaptly I come to strange realizations about the big grump I ve always loved I was drawn to The Discomfort Zone because he can be so incisive about his family see


  3. says:

    I am perplexed by the New York Times reviewers antipathy to this book I have always found Franzen to be a captivating essayist, and Discomfort Zone is no exception Most distressing to his critics, it seems, is Discomfort Zone s abundant narcissism but I found the essays to be a reflection on youthful egotism from a mature and contrite remove To the Times reviewers, Franzen s description of his family is sterile and unloving His


  4. says:

    A Mixed BagI believe Jonathan Franzen fans will be both delighted and disappointed with this collection, The Discomfort Zone. It starts out very strong, showing off Franzen s remarkable vocabulary, storytelling ability, and his disregard for political correctness In a piece called, House for Sale, Franzen tells what it feels like to take on the chore of emptying and selling what was his childhood home Anyone who has faced the death of a


  5. says:

    I read the New York Times review of The Discomfort Zone earlier today The Times conclusion after reading was that Jonathan Franzen is hopelessly self absorbed I don t disagree, but I don t think that s such a terrible thing We re all self absorbed and at least Franzen had the good sense to use it for comedy.Anyways, onward with my review I enjoyed learningabout Franzen as a person I liked seeing how his personal experiences fascination with bir


  6. says:

    Franzen trying to dissect his own existence isn t quite as thrilling as Franzen dissecting the existence of the characters in his novels, but this definitely has its moments, and unlike so many memoir ish books, this has no interest in romanticizing anything from out of the past, in fact when it works well, it does so because it reminds you that a mid western, middle class upbringing I m telegraphing myself into this now is usually just full of a lot o


  7. says:

    Jonathan Franzen has come home to St Louis to get his parent s house ready to sell after the death of his mother While he is waiting for it to sell he reflects on the significant moments of his life with particular emphasis on his childhood The language in the book is beautiful and it is well constructed but for me, the characters were flat and uninteresting For someone who has had such a rich and varied life and writes so well I think he could have come up wi


  8. says:

    Franzen is a good writer, but leaves you with that nagging feeling that you wouldn t like him if you met him He s awfully self absorbed Still, I really enjoyed this dream he relates and he seems to be aware there s much truth in it I had a nightmare about the Averys sweet tempered German shepherd, Ina In the dream, as I was sitting on the floor in the Averys living room, the dog walked up to me and began to insult me She said I was a frivolous, cynical, attention seek


  9. says:

    I enjoyed some of the stories of him as a kid, especially the Christian stuff, less so his school exploits However, I am not a fan of writer as hero books with context, and other characters, left fuzzy, and so I found the book mostly pretty tedious.


  10. says:

    Unless you are an employee of the New York Times, it has become uncool to admit to liking Jonathan Franzen.I don t know when Franzen s innate un hipness became official Was it when he announced his mixed feelings about his work being included in Oprah s book club Was it when he wrote his essay on Edith Wharton an article that would go on to become perhaps the most misunderstood piece of nonfiction in the last 10 years Was it when he started bashing Kindles and Twitter Was it, perhaps


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