The Discomfort Zone

The Discomfort Zone

A Personal History

Book - 2006
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"The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's memoir of growing up squirming in his own uber-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person, " through a strangely happy adolescence, into an adult with strong and inconvenient passions. His story cascades from moments of high drama into multilayered fields of sometimes truculent, sometimes piercing, always entertaining investigation and insight. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his own protracted quest to loose 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."--Back cover.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2006.
ISBN: 9780007240586
Branch Call Number: 928.13 FRA
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 06, 2017

Fabulous writer, this autobiographical book has occasionally a bit too much detail but a good read.

Jul 08, 2011

This man can write - however , this book starts slowly - ends well. Nice effort !

Dec 20, 2010

Surprisingly, you'll never find a better description of "birding" (bird watching) anywhere.

And of course it's always interesting to know where prominent authors are coming from. Franzen's window on US middle class teenagers in the 1970's is fascinating. He was fortunate to have really interesting adults (and friends) around him. The new awareness and probing of the complexities of our inner worlds were not just a San Franciso happening. These youth leaders in the Midwest were amazingly progressive.

Sep 03, 2010

Without doubt the most self-centered, self-indulgent, and, as a result, irrelevant book I've yet read in 70 years of reading. Jonathan Franzen sure slipped one past HarperCollins's editors. Shame on them and Mr. Franzen!


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Dec 18, 2017

I wanted to live in a "Peanuts"world where rage was funny and insecurity was lovable. The littlest kid in my "Peanuts" books, Sally Brown, grew older for a while and then hit a glass ceiling and went no further. I wanted everyone in my family to get along and nothing to change; but suddenly, after Tom ran away, it was as if the five of us looked around, asked why we should be spending time together, and failed to come up with a good answer. p.90

Nov 23, 2010

I was introduced to the German language by a young blond woman, Elisabeth, whom no word smaller than "voluptuous" suffices to describe.

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