Search results for tag: Jonathan Franzen

Details of Jonathan Franzen’s new novel ‘Purity’ revealed

Jonathan Franzen fans will get to sink their teeth into another serving from the acclaimed author later this year, with his fifth novel, Purity, to be released in September. Few details about the novel have emerged until now, although Franzen has previously hinted at its length (496 pages) in interviews, saying: “I’ve let go of any illusion that I’m a writer of 150-page novels. I need roo... Read more

by | March 23, 2015

US critics name their 12 best novels of the 21st century to date

A group of American critics have named Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a take on the life of an overweight Dominican-American nerd, as the best novel of the 21st century to date. BBC Culture, the arts section of the international BBC site, polled several dozen US critics to find the greatest novels written so far this century, with 156 novels in all named by experts from pape... Read more

by | January 27, 2015

Brendan Cowell, author of How It Feels, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Brendan Cowell author of How It Feels Ten Terrifying Questions ——————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Born in Sutherland Hospital August 16th, 1976 and named after the great Irish poet, IRA man and alcoholic Brendan... Read more

by | October 12, 2010

Reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (A review, of a kind by John Purcell)

I once read a book review written by Theodore Dreiser . The book he was reviewing was Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. What I recall of that review, read many years ago, is that Dreiser had come clean, saying something like – it took Maugham 500 odd pages to convey all that is conveyed in the novel, and so much is, what hope have I of giving you an impression of such a novel in a ... Read more

by | September 21, 2010

Coming in December: The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (Good start. Now publish all of her work.)

“I am convinced that tens of thousands of people would bless the day that this book was published, if only they could be exposed to it.” JONATHAN FRANZEN The Man Who Loved Children is Christina Stead’s masterpiece about family life. Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Their hatred, aggra... Read more

by | September 20, 2010