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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (30 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846932
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a lovely, direct, and beautifully written book that will make you feel good about living in the times we do. Michael Harris is honest in a way I find increasingly rare: clear, truthful, and free of vexation. A true must-read."
--Douglas Coupland, author of "Worst. Person. Ever." and "Generation X"

""The End of Absence" is a beautifully written and surprisingly rousing book. Michael Harris scans the flotsam of our everyday, tech-addled lives and pulls it all together to create a convincing new way to talk about our relationship with the Internet. He has taken the vague technological anxiety we all live with and shaped it into a bold call for action."
--Steven Galloway, author of "The Confabulist "and "The Cellist of Sarajevo"

"Everybody over sixty should read this book. The rest of the population will need no urging, unless they are too far gone to read anything longer than a blurb. The first part reads like a horror story, a shocking mind-thriller. In the second half the author, despite real foreboding, demonstrates in his own person that all is far from lost. Relief, after much learning."
--Margaret Visser, author of "Much Depends on Dinner"

"In this thoughtful, well-written book, Michael Harris combines personal narrative with the views of experts to show us that the digital revolution that envelops us contains traps that can lead us to understand less even as we seem to know more."
--Barry Schwartz, author of "The Paradox of Choice" and "Practical Wisdom"

"Harris has caught, with brilliant fidelity and incisiveness, a hinge-point in modern history: Before and After the Digital Rapture. "The End of Absence "deserves a place alongside Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death "and Sherry Turkle's "Life on the Screen." A great, important (and fun) read. I couldn't in good conscience lend out my copy: every other page is dog-eared."
--Bruce Grierson, author of "What Makes Olga Run?"
"This is a lovely, direct, and beautifully written book that will make you feel good about living in the times we do. Michael Harris is honest in a way I find increasingly rare: clear, truthful, and free of vexation. A true must-read."
--Douglas Coupland, author of "Worst. Person. Ever." and "Generation X"
""The End of Absence" is a beautifully written and surprisingly rousing book. Michael Harris scans the flotsam of our everyday, tech-addled lives and pulls it all together to create a convincing new way to talk about our relationship with the Internet. He has taken the vague technological anxiety we all live with and shaped it into a bold call for action."
--Steven Galloway, author of "The Confabulist "and "The Cellist of Sarajevo"
"Everybody over sixty should read this book. The rest of the population will need no urging, unless they are too far gone to read anything longer than a blurb. The first part reads like a horror story, a shocking mind-thriller. In the second half the author, despite real foreboding, demonstrates in his own person that all is far from lost. Relief, after much learning."
--Margaret Visser, author of "Much Depends on Dinner"
"In this thoughtful, well-written book, Michael Harris combines personal narrative with the views of experts to show us that the digital revolution that envelops us contains traps that can lead us to understand less even as we seem to know more."
--Barry Schwartz, author of "The Paradox of Choice" and "Practical Wisdom"

""The End of Absence" is a genial and philosophical tour through one man s anxieties surrounding digital life.
"The New York Times"
"Harris has caught, with brilliant fidelity and incisiveness, a hinge-point in modern history: Before and After the Digital Rapture. "The End of Absence"deserves a place alongside Neil Postman s "Amusing Ourselves to Death "and Sherry Turkle s "Life on the Screen." A great, important (and fun) read.I couldn t in good conscience lend out my copy: every other page is dog-eared."
Bruce Grierson, author of "What Makes Olga Run?"
This is a lovely, direct, and beautifully written book that will make you feel good about living in the times we do. Michael Harris is honest in a way I find increasingly rare: clear, truthful, and free of vexation. A true must-read.
Douglas Coupland, author of "Worst. Person. Ever." and "Generation X"
"The End of Absence" is a beautifully written and surprisingly rousing book. Michael Harris scans the flotsam of our everyday, tech-addled lives and pulls it all together to create a convincing new way to talk about our relationship with the Internet. He has taken the vague technological anxiety we all live with and shaped it into a bold call for action.
Steven Galloway, author of "The Confabulist "and "The Cellist of Sarajevo"
Everybody over sixty should read this book. The rest of the population will need no urging, unless they are too far gone to read anything longer than a blurb. The first part reads like a horror story, a shocking mind-thriller. In the second half the author, despite real foreboding, demonstrates in his own person that all is far from lost. Relief, after much learning.
Margaret Visser, author of "Much Depends on Dinner"
In this thoughtful, well-written book, Michael Harris combines personal narrative with the views of experts to show us that the digital revolution that envelops us contains traps that can lead us to understand less even as we seem to know more.
Barry Schwartz, author of "The Paradox of Choice" and "Practical Wisdom""

About the Author

Michael Harris is an award-winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazines. He lives in Toronto, Canada.


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I'm currently feeling overspired by reading this and felt the need to indulge in a spot of supersanction and megapproval.
(You may need to read this fab book to understand this review.)
Time for me to go Walden and enjoy some good old fashioned absence. Being of the straddle generation, thankfully I can still remember what that feels like.
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It's an interesting topic but the author somewhat meanders around it granting himself, in the epilogue, the comfort that 'difficult problems don't have easy answers'. He doesn't really have any. Nevertheless there's enough here to make the reader ponder from different perspectives how the world is changing as a consequence of the internet.
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Felt odd reading on an iPad, but none the less it is a fascinating read. I just need to take some time out to process it all now.
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Great read if like me you question the advance of technology over personality.
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Read the whole book in a day. A must read for anyone born before 1985.
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