The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - BOOKS -

Far­ther Away Jonathan Franzen, 4th Es­tate, $24.99 Few au­thors write with greater clar­ity than Franzen. It’s there in his in­tel­lec­tual ap­proach and with ev­ery word he commits to the page. He is best known for his nov­els The Correction­s and Free­dom but Far­ther Away is a col­lec­tion of es­says, speeches and jour­nal­ism from the past five years. The ti­tle es­say is set on an is­land 800km off the coast of Chile. Os­ten­si­bly Franzen is there to pur­sue his pas­sion for bird-watch­ing but the es­say evolves into an ex­am­i­na­tion of his feel­ings on the sui­cide of his friend and fel­low au­thor, David Fos­ter Wal­lace. Else­where there is a funny take on what tech­nol­ogy has done to so­ci­ety, ad­vice on how to write and a trip to China to see golf clubs be­ing made. There is not a dull piece among them. Michael McGuire ½

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.