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Jonathan Franzen The Comedy of Rage is the first critical biography of one of today's most important novelists Drawing on unpublished emails and both published and private interviews Philip Weinstein conveys the feel and heft of Franzen's voice as he ponders the purposes and problems of his life and art from his earliest fiction to his most recent novel PurityFranzen's work raises major questions about the possibilities of contemporary fiction how does one appeal to a wide audience of mainstream readers on the one hand while persuading connoisseurs on the other that one's fiction has staying power is high art? More acutely how did Franzen move from the rage that animates his first two novels to the generous comic stance of the later novels on which his reputation rests?Wrestling with these questions Jonathan Franzen The Comedy of Rage unpacks the becoming of Franzen as a person and a writer from his ultra sensitive Midwestern childhood through his heady years at Swarth College his marriage and the alienating decade of the 1990s up to his spectacular ascent and assimilation into pop culture as one of the literary figures of his generation Weinstein joins biography and criticism in ways that fully respect their differences but that also grant that the work comes however unpredictably out of the life


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    A high brow book reportIn the introduction to this book Weinstein writes “persons attempting to find in my book a standard biography of Jonathan Franzen will be disappointed” This would not be an issue had the description in started with this line Instead it said “Jonathan Franzen The Comedy of Rage is the first critical biography of one of today’s most important novelists” Unfortunately Weinstein’s warning was accurateThis is not a biography of Jonathan Franzen If readers know anything about Franzen then they know than this book will reveal The Comedy of Rage is simply a book report Weinstein writes about the books and stories Franzen has written and gives a detailed critique of each Any reference to Franzen’s life is only an attempt to tie the writing to the man as any novelist knows a writers work may have a reflection of one’s life but iis not a one to one correlationThe analysis of the characters in each of Franzen’s novels is somewhat interesting but why not just read the novels for yourself? Weinstein writes as if this is a paper being presented to a gathering of English professors and he needs to impress them with his grasp of language Franzen’s novels are complex challenging and literary A book report does not need to beThe other warning that should have come with this book is that it is full of spoilers If a reader has not read Franzen especially his newest – Purity Weinstein reveals way too many plot points that will spoil the enjoyment of discoveryMy advice would be to pass on this book unless you have read all of Franzen’s work But if you have then there is no need to read this unless you need fodder for a book report of your ownThis one gets two stars