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How to Be Alone: Essays Audio CD – 1 September 2002
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (a); Unabridged edition (1 September 2002)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0743528301
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743528306
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 5.08 x 12.7 cm
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Loved itReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2016
The blurb for this book pretty much says it all. I actually think that the essay form suits Franzen much better than the novel. Here, he can just tell us what he thinks without the need to invent characters and situations and write a whole novel as a vehicle for his ideas. As for the ideas themselves, love 'em or hate 'em, they are wonderfully written and sharply argued. The meditation on the role of the writer was intriguing; the insight into Oprah's book club was priceless; everything to do with his parents was deeply moving and just beautiful. Clever stuff. Top marks.
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Sloppy kindle editionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2016
This is a review of the kindle edition only. It's littered with intrusive OCR errors, especially frequent confusion of "the" and "die". Clearly no-one at the publisher actually bothered to read the text before seliing it.
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Great writing from a great writerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2015
Great writing from a great writer. Depressing reading for aspiring authors. Of historical interest now as many of the essays have been overtaken by events - for example his rift on young people and their texting habits - all well work reading nonetheless
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It's complicatedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2018
A very thoughtful view of aspects of being human and the effect on other humans. Modern life is interesting!