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How to Be Alone. (Fourth Estate) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jonathan Franzen
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19. April 2004
From the National Book Award-winning author of "The Corrections," a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of the sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics.

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  • Taschenbuch: 306 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harpercollins; Auflage: New Ed (19. April 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007153589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007153589
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 23.305 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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1959 in Western Springs / Illinois geboren, wuchs in einer Vorstadt von St. Louis auf. 1988 veröffentlichte er den Roman "The Twenty-Seventh City", 1992 "Strong Motion". Für seinen dritten Roman und sensationellen Erfolg "The Corrections" erhielt er 2001 den National Book Award verliehen. Schon vorher hat ihn die Zeitschrift The New Yorker unter die "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century" gerechnet. Jonathan Franzen lebt in New York.

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Novelist Jonathan Franzen's How to Be Alone is a collection of 14 essays that take the preservation of individuality and complexity in a noisy and distracting mass culture as its main theme. Franzen sees himself, rightly, as one of a dying breed of reader/writers coming to terms with the fact that his world (or at least his audience) is shrinking and struggles with the temptation to give in to the techno world for the sake of health and happiness. We're told that "individuality and complexity" is the main theme but in truth the book is much more interesting than it sounds.

The opening essay entitled "My Father's Brain" is a fascinating and deeply poignant story about Alzheimer's disease that begins with a letter--sent by his mother--containing the autopsy of his father's brain. Instead of a self-regarding piece of "feel-my-pain" sentimentality Franzen describes in minute detail the mechanics of the disease itself, the history of its discovery and its effect on his father's personality and behaviour. It's also about the history of a marriage; a reflection on our need to think of ourselves and our loved ones as a distinct personality and the corresponding need to resist the idea--suggested to us by the progress of the disease--that personality is the function of a lump of grey meat: the brain. It ends with Franzen's post-humous discovery of his father's letters that reveal his secret attempt to stay in the light through force of will.

Besides marriage, memory, disease and death, Franzen also deals with subjects as different as smoking, the sex-advice industry, the workings of maximum security prisons, the fall of the Chicago Mail service and his brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author. The collection also includes a revised version of the famously misunderstood "Harper's Essay"--Franzen's 1996 look at the fate of the novel. Those expecting a series of naval-gazing, deadly earnest essays from a snobbish elitist who turns his nose up at popular culture and the benefits of electronic communication should think again. What's refreshing and unusual about these essays is that they are serious, funny, poignant, unpredictable and unashamedly elitist--but not in the way you might expect. --Larry Brown -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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'Compelling and invigorating.' The Times 'A passionate and compelling piece of work ... Each page is studded with irresistible writing which leaves you breathless for more. Franzen's strength is his ability to combine a rigorous intellectual appraoch with an upbeat energy, using language which touches the heart as surely as the head.' Time Out 'Oprah was right. Franzen is conflicted. That's what makes him a trustworthy, sceptical essayist.' FT

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Ein Einstieg, wie ein Paukenschlag. Franzen erhält ein schön verpacktes Valentine-Paket von seiner Mutter, rosa Grußkarte, zwei Schokoriegel, ein Drahtherzchen - und der Bericht von der Gehirnautopsie seines Vaters. Der folgende, biographische Bericht über dessen schleichend fortschreitende Alzheimererkrankung illustriert drastisch und an einem buchstäblich pathologischen Beispiel, was wirkliches Alleinsein bedeuten kann: völlige Trennung von der Außenwelt, bis der körperliche Tod nur noch der letzte, unbedeutende Schritt ist. Das alles wird immer persönlich, aber nie zu intim oder gar voyeuristisch geschildert.
Der erste Essay setzt sofort den Maßstab, an dem sich alle folgenden Texte messen lassen müssen - und können! Franzens Thema ist das Streben nach Alleinsein, aber nicht nach Einsamkeit. Der gleichzeitige Wunsch, eins zu sein mit der Welt, beim sicheren Gefühl, anders zu sein: "I want to be the same but different." Und Franzen beschreibt Lesen als Ausweg aus diesem Gefühlsdilemma: "It's a group of two, the faithful writer and the trusting reader. We're different but the same." Dieses Buch ist eine genauso sachliche wie warmherzige Erleuchtung für alle, die dieses Gefühl kennen und die sich deshalb in Büchern wohl fühlen.
Endlich fühle ich mich verstanden und weiß, warum ich mich neben einer in der U-Bahn neben mir telefonierenden Frau unbehaglich fühle. Endlich weiß ich, warum ich nicht für Bekannte oder Freunde arbeiten möchte. Und schließlich fühle ich mich verstanden, wenn mir Fragen wichtiger als Antworten sind.
Und vor allem weiß ich, dass ich nicht alleine bin im Wunsch nach Alleinsein.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen He is incredible... 15. September 2004
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I recognized Franzen in Jan 2004 by reading his "Corrections". I didn't know anything about the book before, but after reading it through in a week, for me it was incredible. Now with this high level I connected to Franzen, I must say that his essays (most of them) in How to be alone are far more better. He describes certain problems of the american society very precise, connects them to his history, tries to analyze why the people make mistakes... I can recommend this book for people, who like to read system-critic book!!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Franzen doesn't deserve this much criticism... 14. November 2002
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Well, I don't fully understand all of the criticism that is thrown Franzen's way. I really engaged with this book and found the essays interesting, well-written and thought-provoking. All-in-all, Franzen's insights into reading culture, writing, memory and American society were right on the money for me. I think those who don't like this book would be more at home with Newsweek and Time magazine and find USA Today sufficient for their daily news.
Criticism of Franzen as "elitist" is over-stated. If you, like I, are one of those "isolates" who starts reading early in life, you will likely find sympathy with Franzen's perspective as I did. I think "elitist" is a word thrown at those who read and think like Franzen by those who don't. I don't believe the book is elitist so much as representative of a different class of readers in American society who are a little more isolated from American consumer culture and generally find the consumer-driven, media-saturated, conformist version of America unsettling to say the least.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing Look At Contemporary Society! 2. Oktober 2002
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It is amusing and instructional when someone so far removed from the social sciences as this author obviously is makes the intriguing connection between the deadening aspects of the social surround and its effect on individual consciousness. What Franzen bemoans here is really the entire intellectual sweep of the materialistic culture we are embedded in, yet the individual characteristics he uses in the several essays included here in order to illustrate each of his well-taken points are better described as symptoms of the hollowness and lack of intellectual depth and meaning of most of our social artifacts and habits than as simply being problems in and of themselves. He hits the problem dead on when discussing the pandemic use of technology in the form of television, pop culture, and endless games and gadgetry in an attempt to stave off boredom and "entertain' ourselves. What we really are doing is what Aldous Huxley warned of so presciently in "Brave New World"; submerging ourselves in petty diversions and banal preoccupations, deadening ourselves to our environments and to the social world that would other act to engage us in some fashion.
Likewise, his discussion of how widespread use of "serotonin reuptake inhibitors" such as Prozac feeds into a general lack of awareness is quite thought-provoking. If pain, even mental anguish such as depression, can be thought of as a warning from the body that something is wrong, then the whole cultural approach now in vogue to anesthetize the pain is the functional equivalent of a denial of the pain, a quite deliberate attempt to paper it over and therefore disregard the important message it is sending to the individual that something is very wrong. By treating depression as a simple medical problem that can be medicated away as easily as athlete's foot, any hope of using the pain as a starting point for the very necessary discovery process through which one might learn what was wrong and what needed to be done to correct it is gone. In essence, doctors now simply `treat' depression by medicating the symptoms out of existence, without any regard for the very serious questions such physical and emotional manifestations of pain and discomfort may mean for the overall health and well being of the patient. Under such circumstances, the doctors are no different from a guy selling shiny new sports cars to middle aged guys like me, who want a boost out of life and are willing to pay to get it. Oops! Time to take my Zoloft and feel better.
Each of the essays make the reader think, and that is the single highest compliment anyone can make about anyone's writing. I may not agree with what Franzen has to say in each case, but I enjoyed his open attitude and his keen sense that something is amiss in a nation so addicted to Oprah and easy answers that he has to stand back and say "Enough!" His criticisms of the current academic fashion of political correctness are especially interesting, as they show the absurd ways in which even the academics have "dumbed themselves down" to accept such superficial tripe as being the gospel. His notice of the fat that more and more Americans seem to becoming frightened, lonely, and isolated recalls similar observations made by social critics like Philip Slater long ago in a tome called "Pursuit Of Loneliness; American Culture At The Breaking Point" (see my review). This is an absorbing, bright, and intriguing attempt to ask some honest and penetrating questions, and while I may not agree with what he argues or with his conclusions, it is a wonderful book that raises one's intellectual curiosity and one's self-awareness in terms of how easily it is for each of us to slip into the burgeoning cultural habits he so cleverly exposes. Enjoy!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Portrait of the Artist 27. Dezember 2002
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I found this book thought provoking on many social dimensions, but I still wrestled with why it was published. (Cynical hypotheses, not particularly my own: milk the Corrections-cow a bit longer by publishing fast? Allow an obsessive author to edit past works?) Who knows. But one assertion can be made about this book with a fair measure of certainty: Franzen wants to be understood, both as a writer and as a human being. And these roles, it is important to note, are virtually isomorphic for Franzen. In writing about Alzheimer's or the prison system or cultural degradation, Franzen doesn't offer clear-eyed, journalistic observations that strive for balance and objectivity. Rather, he fuses social critique with personal perspective, infusing his own musings, grievances, and experiences. As he mourns the decline of serious reading, he might point to a real social phenomenon, but he clearly illustrates his individual (and probably deeper) fear of professional irrelevance. His derision of fussy female lingerie and how-to sex manuals intends to skewer the hokum threatening to infiltrate our sex lives, but it also whiffs a bit of sour grapes swallowed long ago by some smart, geeky, awkward youth who was probably a bit afraid of women. And other examples abound, as Franzen reveals liberally of his inner terrain, whether he intends to or not (I think he mostly intends to). Among other things in "How to Be Alone," we are witnessing creative writing as a powerful Rorschachian projective device: Tell me, author, what do you see when formless ink meets blank white page?
But, for me, this is the level at which the book works best. Franzen's (self) portrait of the impoverished, angst-ridden artist is a beguiling one. He salvages broken furniture from a trash heap... he hunches over a clattering, archaic keyboard, pounding out his under-appreciated prose... he fires up fresh waves of neurosis with each new cigarette... he develops a psychosomatic rash for violating his principles. And he finally gets recognized for the enormous talent that he is.
Whatever the reasons for this book, I'm glad it was published, or else I might not have had access to this set of writings. Franzen loses one star (4/5), however, for having insufficient rapport or acquaintance with his readers. He's fixated on his notion of an erstwhile readership that has devolved into MTV-watching technophiles and couch potatoes, while giving little nod of recognition to the diverse lot of people who do read. This strikes me as dismissive and myopic in a man with a gift for nuance in so many other ways. Nevertheless, Franzen's worldview, and his writing, will probably evolve, along with his growing accolades and financial security. Now that he has the recognition he craves, will he cut his readership some slack? (Will he bother to get to know them, or view it as relevant?) Will he invest in some of that reviled technology? Will he lose some of his alienated, self-absorbed edge and develop a more centered soulfulness? (Will his characters, as well?) I look forward to finding out because, beguiled, I'm likely to follow this author wherever he decides to go next.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Portrait of the Artist Disengaged 11. August 2003
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I admire Franzen's fiction. "The Corrections" in particular offered a scathing critique of the myths of family and meritocracy that govern contemporary life. As the Lambert family imploded, I winced and laughed and nodded as Franzen described a landscape both pitiful and familiar. Since his novels are so critical and affecting, I thought the essays in "How to Be Alone" would also be worthwhile. I was disappointed.
Franzen's critique lacks nuance. He puts "serious fiction" on a pedestal and uncritically glorifies the "reading life." Meanwhile, he adopts an effete stance in relation to all things mass/pop culture, essentially showing off about getting rid of his tv and situating himself in the context of Quentin Compson, not Seinfeld. Without irony, he bemoans the moment when movies became "films."
While arguing the distinction between high and low culture, Franzen reveals a loathing for anyone lacking his sense of taste and refinement: those unwashed masses who (gasp!) watch tv and listen to pop music.
He concludes that he's learned that being a writer, reader, and thinker means being alone. Not only *working* alone, but also living apart from the culture and adjusting an "oppositional" (a term Franzen seems to define in a particular way--more on that in a moment) stance.
I find this problematic. Yes, of course intellectuals must devote themselves to their work, spending long hours at the keyboard or in their reading chairs. And yes, writers ought to engage in "oppositional" thought--critiquing contemporary life (which Franzen does brilliantly in "The Corrections"), taking stances opposed to dominant thought with all its banality and oppressiveness.
But, if they are to truly affect positive social change, shouldn't writers/readers/thinkers position themselves WITHIN the culture? Franzen cries for the loss of the "social novel," and then turns around and declares himself, essentially, antisocial.
I think brilliant writers like Franzen should engage and even embrace popular and mass culture. Don't stop reading "serious books," but understand that the landscape is dotted with various kinds of texts. Franzen seems comfortable taking a conservative position vis a vis the culture wars, ironic given his investment in the critique of cultural mythology. I think it's possible to devote oneself to intellectual life, and engage with a wider cross section of cultural life. Such an open-ended approach to "culture" gives the writer/reader/thinker a wider range of reference points.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Alone, but at home in this talented writer's skin 6. Dezember 2002
Von Henri Edward Dongieux - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Right now I'm reading for the second time How to Be Alone, a collection of essays that touch upon various aspects of the Self - notably the alienated Self - within modern American society. It's a topic of which I'll never tire. But here's the twist - Franzen's diverse treatments are not united so much by a historical or sociological sensibility as they are by an intimacy between writer and reader. The act of reading is the meditation Franzen wants us to make (regardless of subject) and he achieves that well. This is a book about the ability to be alone - really, truly alone, to the point where we are able to suffer and learn in our pain and loneliness rather than giving up the ghost and popping SSRIs along with the rest of the nation. One will have to actually sit down, shut up, and plunge into the unknown in order to read, sharing the ups and downs of the writer. As Franzen notes, the reader has to bring something TO a book, rather than unequivocally expecting, always, something FROM a book without offering anything. This book asks us to give a little bit, for which we get a lot.
"Why Bother" is an essay arguing that our current cultural milieu of speed, shallowness, hedonism, and information-without-wisdom doesn't even allow us to see that we are losing our relationship to solitude. The exploration of the concept of public versus private in which the essay engages basically turns conventional wisdom on its head: Franzen insists that our heavily interconnected, mediated society hardly threatens privacy at all, but is rather an extension of the private into every node of human interaction that threatens the public sphere. "Lost in the Mail" is a fascinating insider's view of the Chicago Post Office during all-too-turbulent times, showcasing the bureaucratic workings and inevitable corruption within this mysterious and quasi-religious institution. Despite inefficiencies and frustration, Franzen argues, there is an Andersonian national imaginary behind the idea of the Post Office, and it is this that makes the story interesting. The bottom line is this: whatever Franzen is writing about, he brings a clarity and realism that few others can deliver. William T. Vollmann comes to mind as a writer who, like Franzen, brings an unremitting and ethical devotion to his art.
Franzen expresses a strong disdain, or at least unfamiliarity, with history and the social sciences; in fact, he claims to have gone through school without taking even basic history courses. In spite of this, his voice deeply resonates with thinkers like Habermas, Bhaktin, Derrida, you name it. He has probably read all of them, but he mercifully spares us the name-dropping, making for a highly accessible book. Ultimately, How to Be Alone is an experience beyond its content - one that reminds us that literature is there for a purpose, and however diffuse our reading public has become, literature as a practice of exploration and communication is more important than ever. I thank Franzen for his attention to the details that matter.
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