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Farther Away - Essays

Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it "a masterpiece of American fiction" and lauded its illumination, "through the steady radiance of its author's profound moral intelligence, [of] the world we thought we knew." 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. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing. On a trip to China to see first-hand the environmental devastation there, he doesn't omit mention of his excitement and awe at the pace of China's economic development; the trip becomes a journey out of his own prejudice and moral condemnation. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 44m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:37


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:12


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:08


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:48


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:37


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:41