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‘The two things I love most are novels and birds, and they’re both in trouble,’ says The Corrections author, one of the world’s most famous birdwatchers. Actually she was going out to dinner with Duane and spending the night with him. How do you (or how does Harris) distinguish between empathy and compassion? ( Log Out /  And do you ever find yourself retreating to a Harris-style posture of compassion – caring for the characters, but not wanting to be on particularly intimate terms with them? The way we define psychopathy, for example, basically involves perceiving what other people are feeling but not giving a shit (and even using your perceptions to manipulate others).

I found this little analysis for Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections that I had done for a class.The interesting things here, for me at least, is the structure of the book and my ability to relate it to Catch-22. The passage in The Corrections that takes you inside Alfred’s experience of Alzheimer’s – for me, it was telekinetic, full-hearted, riveting.

‘How to Be Alone’ by Jonathan Franzen is an interesting collection of fourteen essays loosely based around the theme of solitude and privacy. Tagged as Baseball, Book, Book Review, Book Reviews, Chad Harbach, Fiction, Jonathan Franzen, Novel, Novels, Philip Roth, Reading, The Art of Fielding, The Corrections Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Birding with Jonathan Franzen, Birds of North America with Jason Ward, July 2019.

To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it. In The Corrections, as you mention, Alfred is a really difficult old man who irritates both his wife and children, and you the reader share in their annoyance. Audio recordings and photographs from outdoor reading, conversation and Q&A with translator Wieland Freund in Berlin, June 5 2019. Here is my list of my biggest literary disappointments: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I read Love in the Time of Cholera and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. An odd and often perplexing figure, Franzen is also a master craftsman with a broad knowledge base and a distinctive literary style. I’m not sure that amounts to empathy, which is a word that tends to get used imprecisely a lot of the time.

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And what degree of feeling is appropriate in reading or relating? Not knowing who was who really hindered my enjoyment of the book which was otherwise beautifully written. But other times – especially if I’m already familiar with the emotional terrain that that person is navigating – it doesn’t necessarily help to put myself in the same frame of mind. 33 talking about this. Much of that criticism is probably warranted. Four Books From The Booker Prize 2020 Longlist, Three Memoirs About Health I’ve Read Recently, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and Summerwater by Sarah Moss, One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown, The Booker Prize 2020: Predictions, Possibilities and Preferences, Three Short Story Collections I’ve Read Recently, Not The Wellcome Prize: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, Not The Wellcome Prize: The Body by Bill Bryson, The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, How Blogging Has Changed My Reading Habits. In The Twenty-Seventh City, he has a teenage girl named Luisa feel this way: Tonight Luisa was supposedly going to the Bonfire and then staying over at Stacy’s. If you judge exclusively from the headlines that appear periodically on social media, you can be forgiven for concluding that, for one reason or another, Jonathan Franzen is overrated, or a sexist, or otherwise an asshole. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Jonathan Franzen makes a persuasive case for attentiveness.

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