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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Good story and then...

    Franzen's opening is strong, the memior achieves a nice arc in his adolescent years and then poof! it kind of dissolves into a desalotury whine about birding and the environment.

    Altogether, the ending pages may make sense in light of how the author describes his early life...hey! hes's a sensitive guy!

    If two-thirds of a book is interesting to the point of being difficult to set down, does that make it worthwhile to read? In this case, I vote 'yes.' Reading about Franzen's high school years is a lot of fun. It's about hijinks, cute excuses and reminiscent of a particular time in the 70's.

    The paperback doesn't cost much, so the price is a good bargain for the entertainment and insight value.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Perhaps the best memoir I've read. At one point Franzen offers a

    Perhaps the best memoir I've read. At one point Franzen offers a description of adolescence that is so perfectly profound and incisive that it alone makes the book worth reading. As others have noted the ending is a bit of a departure, but it's still wonderful. I'd highly recommend it whether your'e familiar with Franzen's work or not.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Great Book - Loved Every Page!

    This memoir is wonderful. It is so personal and obviously honest, and he tells each little memory in such a way that we can almost remember them ourselves. They become our memories, because what they ultimately describe are universal feelings of growing up.

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