The Discomfort Zone : A Personal History
by Jonathan Franzen
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A brilliant personal story by the author of the award-winning book “The Corrections”.Jonathan Franzen, author of the best-selling “Freedom” and the highly acclaimed “Corrections”, arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri”The unease of the Zone is intimate from his memory of his growth from a `small and fundamentally ridiculous person,’ through an atrocious and strangely happy adolescence, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passionsIt is also a portrait of a middle-class family in the face of the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal apprehension of the decades when America became angry, turned away from its mid-century idealsHe tells the effects of Kafka’s fiction on Franzen is extended quest to lose his virginity, the complex of pranks that he and his friends orchestrated from the roof of his high school, his self-inflicted, the difficulties in selling his mother’s home after his death, the web connections between his all consume the wedding, the problem of global warming, and the life lessons to learn how to watch birdsSparkling, bold and stunningly honest, “The unease of the Zone is warmed by the same combination of examination comics and unreserved affection that characterize Franzen is fiction.It tells of the formation of a single mind and heart in the everyday crucible of the American family.
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