HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

How to Be Alone: Essays (2002)

by Jonathan Franzen

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,293305,197 (3.55)58
The author of The Corrections reprints his 1996, "The Harper's Essay," offering additional writings that consider a central theme of the erosion of civic life and private dignity and the increasing persistence of loneliness in postmodern America.
  1. 00
    Trouble: Stories by Patrick Somerville (woollams812)
    woollams812: This wonderful collection of humor is a gem in paper form.
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 58 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 30 (next | show all)
It's therapy for the author and for the readers. There aren't fewer readers; there are more readers (in absolute numbers). It's the proportion of writers to readers and the forms they use. No, you can't stop it. You can't ban other media which have taken away what the author wanted to keep in a book format. Yet this mishmash of essays proves that a book is not ideal for what he wants to write. Keep writing, there is an infinite number of possible readers in the future - should your work prove valuable to them. But contemporary journalism and short opinion pieces have found better outlets.
Indulging yourself with fashion statements like old rotary phones and CRT TVs (or lack thereof) is not a form of martyrdom, it's just being childishly contrary. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Loved it. Learned that I was a 'social isolate' as a kid, which explains my intense reading habit...always love finding someone like you in a book. ( )
  szbuhayar | May 24, 2020 |
I haven't read any of Franzen's work before this book. I found most of the essays to be meandering news summaries ("Lost in the Mail" "Control Units") or book reports ("First City" "Mr Difficult"). Hard to understand the draw. However, to be transparent, the limpness of the content meant l did a bunch of quick page turning. I did like the partitioning of letter writers into "refiners, resonators, and rebutters." ( )
  sarcher | May 18, 2019 |
A collection of highly cultured and literate essays that were previously published in New Yorker, Harpers and other “respected” periodicals. “Why Bother?” is an awesome piece on the state of the social novel. “My Father’s Brain” is a moving piece about his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s and the impact on family. Pretty good stuff. He does have a tendency to be “writerly” perhaps for the sake of being “writerly”, but I proudly felt I was being a “relevant reader” with this esteemed contemporary author. Yes, I know I’m a little late to the party here. I did think it was cool that his 2001 book, The Corrections (which was lauded as the new GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL) was asked to be featured in Oprah’s club, but Franzen bemoaned the status and was cancelled as a guest. That kind of attracted me to him. ( )
  starlight17 | Mar 19, 2019 |
La estrella que le falta es por algunos ensayos que, aunque están indudablemente bien escritos, no lograron el impacto fulminante de los demás.

Este es el primer libro que leo de Franzen, en preparación a su obra más celebrada, [b:Las correcciones|88309|Las correcciones|Jonathan Franzen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1424026487s/88309.jpg|941200]. En este libro, Franzen logra un acercamiento personalísimo a la forma del ensayo literario. Sus temas, muy variados: desde el sistema penitenciario estadounidense hasta el servicio de correo postal, desde la enfermedad de su padre moribundo hasta los libros de auto-ayuda sexual y las novelas de [a:William Gaddis|15991|William Gaddis|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1414608521p2/15991.jpg]. Todos, con un sutil tema en común: la tremenda soledad que subyace en toda vida humana. La soledad del lector, del escritor, del reo y de sus guardias, del que espera una carta, del que regresa a casa para encontrarla vacía, del que agoniza, del que ve sus ilusiones irse con el agua de la regadera. Este es un libro excepcional, y estoy emocionado de leer más de Franzen.

Por si tienen la oportunidad de leer alguno de estos ensayos sueltos, les recomiendo unos cuantos, que fueron mis favoritos: "My father's brain", sobre la enfermedad y muerte de su padre, "Mr. Difficult", sobre William Gaddis y las novelas difíciles, y "Meet me in St. Louis", sobre el siempre difícil regreso a la casa donde se crece, después de muchos años. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
Showing 1-5 of 30 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Für Kathy Chetkovich
First words
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Mein dritter Roman, Die Korrekturen, an dem ich viele Jahre gearbeitet hatte, erschien eine Woche vor dem Einsturz des World Trade Center. (aus "Ein Wort zu diesem Buch")
Quotations
Last words
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

The author of The Corrections reprints his 1996, "The Harper's Essay," offering additional writings that consider a central theme of the erosion of civic life and private dignity and the increasing persistence of loneliness in postmodern America.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.55)
0.5 1
1 9
1.5
2 29
2.5 7
3 135
3.5 31
4 151
4.5 12
5 53

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 164,441,314 books! | Top bar: Always visible