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What If We Stopped Pretending? Kindle Edition
The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.
‘If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.’
The honesty and realism of Jonathan Franzen’s writings on climate have been widely denounced and just as widely celebrated. Here, in his definitive statement on the subject, Franzen confronts the world’s failure to avert destabilising climate change and takes up the question: Now what?
About the Author
Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including Purity, The Corrections and Freedom, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for The End of the End of the Earth:
‘… by refusing to hope for the impossible, Franzen, improbably, manages to produce a volume that feels, if not hopeful, then at least not hopeless. There’s nothing he can do – there’s probably nothing any of us can do – to avert or even alleviate the coming catastrophe. But for now, he’s here and he’s alive, and over the course of these essays he offers us a series of partial, tentative answers to the question he poses himself at the beginning: “ How do we find meaning in our actions when the world seems to be coming to an end?” Guardian
‘Can be read, in part, as a welcome alternative to the current, dominant American political tone of one-note belligerence’ Observer
‘Franzen shows himself to be the kind of unacademic critic who recognises and does not disapprove of the Common Reader’s natural tendency to feel for the characters the author has brought into being’ Scotsman--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B08F9T52KH
- Publisher : Fourth Estate (21 January 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1224 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 66 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008434042
- Best Sellers Rank: 312,403 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So there we have it. This is the kind of rant you might have heard from a man in the pub. Pithy. Well written. But it's an opinion piece - not a book. Franzen could have helped the planet by sending this out as a free email. Meanwhile I'm still waiting for the next novel. Oh well. I still love The Corrections.