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Book review: Farther Away

Inspired by a trip to a deserted island, Jonathan Franzen’s latest collection of essays tackle marriage, mobiles and birdwatching

By Geoff Dyer  /  The Guardian, London

There’s a subtler synergy, too. In China, he learns that a nature reserve is designed not simply to protect species of birds but the place itself. That place, to extrapolate further, can be mental and psychological as well as geographical. One way or another, the essays in Farther Away are attempts to enlarge the place where literature, and the responsiveness to it, can be preserved.

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