The End of the End of the Earth

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Doubleday Canada, Nov 13, 2018 - Social Science - 224 pages
From Jonathan Franzen, one of our preeminent writers and thinkers, comes a brilliant, searing essay collection that calls for us to take better care of our planet and one another in these troubled times.

The End of the End of the Earth is a collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays and speeches from the past five years, in which he grapples with the most important and heated ethical subjects of the day: environmentalism, capitalism, wealth inequality, race, technology and the role of art. He challenges us to ask difficult questions: What is our civic responsibility in the face of climate change, the greatest ever threat to our planet and species? Does technology give us a sense of control or community or is it stripping these from us? Above all, in these essays, Franzen asks us to care--about causes great and small, with subjects as big as our planet and specific as a rare species of birds. These essays are in praise of empathy, and of the beauty and power of nature and art.

This slim but powerful book is Franzen at his best, incisive, persuasive and compassionate.

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“We spend our days reading, on screens, stuff we'd never bother reading in a printed book, and bitch about how busy we are.” Franzen seems to be the most divisive of all living authors. I know he is ... Read full review

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The book is about 50% birds, and I'm really just not that into birds, or nature or conservation writing. So, I skimmed a couple of chapters. He's good when he is writing from a personal perspective. I ... Read full review

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JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of five novels (Purity, Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and translations of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening and Karl Kraus. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

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