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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History Kindle Edition
A brilliant personal history from the award-winning author of ‘The Corrections’.
Jonathan Franzen, bestselling author of ‘Freedom’ and the highly acclaimed ‘The Corrections’, 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 1970s, and a vivid personal insight into the decades in which America took an angry turn away from its mid-century ideals.
He tells of the effects of Kafka's fiction on Franzen's 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, the web of connections between his all-consuming marriage, the problem of global warming, and the life lessons to be learned in watching birds.
Sparkling, daring and arrestingly honest, ‘The Discomfort Zone’ is warmed by the same combination of comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that characterize Franzen's fiction. It narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.
'His discreetly devastating comic timing derives from the tension between the optimism of his ambition and the reality of the attempts to deal with the experiences that have marked his career as one America's best novelist and essayist.' Times
'Franzen's memoir is cleverly written and often fun to read…He's funny and self deprecating…' Sunday Telegraph
‘Wonderful and supremely personal…' Time Magazine
'Reading such honest, awkward, tender pieces as these, the socially isolated individual may feel that little bit less lonely.' New Statesman.
'The close of this book is almost miraculous; we are reminded that Franzen, at his best, can write like a dream.' FT Magazine--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
BRILLIANT, AWARD-WINNING PERSONAL HISTORY FROM THE AUTHOR OF The Corrections
JAs Jonathan Franzen tells it, he was the kind of boy who was scared of spiders, school, dances, urinals, music teachers, boomerangs, popular girls - and his parents. He had nothing against geeky kids except a desperate fear of being taken for one of them, a fate that would result in instant Social Death. Approaching puberty the way a rookie conman confronts his first scam, he pretended to be a kid who naturally said 'shit' a lot and didn't enjoy calculations on his new six-function Texas Instruments calculator.
The Discomfort Zone is Franzen's story of growing up squirming in his own, über-sensitive skin, from a 'small and fundamentally ridiculous person' through a strangely happy adolescence, into an adult with strong and inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian Youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effect of Kafka's fiction on his own protracted quest to lose his virginity, or the web of connections between bird-watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always engaged with the society that shaped him, and the world we live in now.
His personal history of a Midwestern youth and a New York adulthood is warmed by the same blend of comic scrutiny and affection that characterize his fiction; the result is an arresting portrait of a man, his family, his nation and our time.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00OXG1AJW
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (19 February 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 787 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 209 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 190,390 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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