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The Discomfort Zone

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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.

Review:

"There's an expression weary writing instructors use in hopes of wringing the self-indulgence out of their egocentric students: 'Just because it happened to you doesn't make it interesting.' In 'The Discomfort Zone,' a collection of six autobiographical essays, Jonathan Franzen, author of the award-winning 2001 novel 'The Corrections,' stands that admonition on its head. He takes experiences from his... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Franzen is extremely funny, winning, and not incidentally an astute social commentator. As in his previous work, the style here is energetic and engaged; many ideas are woven together, not often quickly or easily; this is not for lazy readers." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own uber-sensitive skin, from a small and fundamentally ridiculous person, into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his 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 feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780007234240
Subtitle:
A Personal History
Author:
Jonathan Franzen
Publisher:
Libri
Binding:
HARDCOVER

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"Review" by , "Franzen is extremely funny, winning, and not incidentally an astute social commentator. As in his previous work, the style here is energetic and engaged; many ideas are woven together, not often quickly or easily; this is not for lazy readers."
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own uber-sensitive skin, from a small and fundamentally ridiculous person, into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his 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 feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.
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