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When I'm finished with one book I find myself looking to see if there is anything more I can read by him.
As Franzen writes about Kafka, he himself in his fiction and non-fiction books is a person trying to figure out - and that's exactly what this book is about.
It actually seems more like an extremely disparate and disjointed book of random thoughts and musings on his childhood and adolescence.
There's no doubt that Jonathan Franzen is a gifted wordsmith. His ability to explain events with both clarity and eloquence, while transforming simple anecdotes into absorbing... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jack de L.A.
everyone who cares about good writing should read EVERY SINGLE Franzen Book. He is unlocking a modern place in English letters and each turn of the tumbler is worth seeing for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tahiya
Reading this book felt like I was on the most boring first date of my life. Annnnd on to the next book.Published 7 months ago by Stacy
I find a lot of hope in Jonathan Franzen's personal history. I love the complexity of his writing, essays and fiction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Traci
As a fan of Franzen's fiction, I enjoyed this somewhat disjointed, short autobiography. His candidness about relationships with his mother and father, and his awareness of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard Bon
If you loved the corrections and freedom this book sheds some light on the authors background and really makes the other two books feel connected. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christy Stewart
I started this book, but must admit that I could not finish it. I found it to be mundane and not at all very revealing of the personalities of the characters involved. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Morean Netterville