Most known for his internationally-acclaimed fiction, with such novels as Freedom and The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen now has a body of non-fiction work that is significant in and of itself, with such books as Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He makes this welcome Seattle return for a new book of essays, The End of the End of the Earth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
“A compulsive need to find order, and a love of birding, represent two of the central threads of this stimulating collection of previously published essays from novelist Franzen. In the opening essay, “The Essay in Dark Times,” Franzen self-identifies as “what people in the world of birding call a lister,” which makes him “morally inferior to birders who bird exclusively for the joy of it.”
Throughout the essays that follow, Franzen muses about writing, Edith Wharton, climate change, Antarctica, the photographs of Sarah Stolfa, and birds, always birds...Whether observing the eerie beauty of Antarctica (“far from having melted,” he reports) or dispensing “Ten Rules for the Novelist,” Franzen makes for an entertaining, sometimes prickly, but always quotable companion.” - Kirkus Reviews.
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