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Preview — The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
From the author of ‘Freedom’, a richly realistic and darkly hilarious masterpiece about a family breakdown in an age of easy fixes.
After fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity, and their children have long since fled for the catastrophes of their own lives. As Alfred’s condition wors...more
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I can think of no other way to describe this thing.
I really, really despised almost everything about The Corrections. I finished it solely so that I could write a horrible review and have it be valid.
At no single point before the last 10 pages of this 566-page monster did I feel a shred of sympathy with any of the characters. There were several moments where I thought Franzen would have been better off writing dialogue-for-the-average-Joe instead of the ...more
The Lambert’s ...more
Really I don't even know how to start this review. I could begin, I suppose, by discussing the pure perfection of his writing. It is REALLY DAMN GOOD. If I could break reviews down into little sections, he'd get 10 stars for his style/technique. Excellent.
On the other hand, I can't give this a full 5 stars. Or can I? Yeah, it was well written. The depth of the characters and the storyline maybe just a hair short of phenomenal. ???
Why do I bother with fiction? I feel guilty ...more
with additional commenty comments by me :
1. The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.
Hmm, well, maybe. I can't think Hugh Selby had very friendly thoughts when he wrote his brilliant Last Exit to Brooklyn, it reads like he wants to shove all of us into a landfill site and have done with the human race. But quite often that's a good attitude for a writer to have. Some books you walk around and p ...more
Leaving aside for a moment the irony of that statement in light of his outrage over the Oprah thing, that is retarded. Those authors are not great because their writing is accessible when the complexity is removed.
It was when one of the main characters in The Correction ...more
An open letter to my former copy of The Corrections:
First I want to tell you that it isn’t you, it’s me. People and books grow apart just like people and people grow apart. I remember years ago when I read you that there were certain things about you that I really liked; but the truth is, I just wasn’t really that into you. Yeah, that little stunt with Oprah was pretty cute, and I recall we had a laugh, but I’m just at that point in my life where I need to make space for new experiences – open ...more
David Gates wrote in his glowing review in the New York Times that the book had “just enough novel-of-paranoia touches so Oprah won’t assign it and ruin Franzen’s street cred.”
Wrong, David. Oprah not only chose it for her book club but went so far as to pr ...more
One point Kate makes is that this book is full of rotten characters and some of them don't stand up off the page. (My mother's main complaint, too, was that the characters weren't nice.) I'd agree that there are a couple characters who are flimsy (mainly, SPOILER, the couple Denise has her thing with), ...more
One thing I kind of noticed on my own but had my eye made more aware of by a New York Times review of the book was how meta-fictive the book is. The Times – or whatever publication it was I found on the internet as I obsessed over this book ...more
This book was published in 2001 at around the same time as when 9/11 happened. Sinc ...more
I read “The Corrections” pre-Good Reads and originally rated it four stars.
I wanted to re-read (and review) it, before starting “Freedom”.
I originally dropped it a star because I thought there was something unsatisfying about the whole Lithuanian adventure.
Perhaps, when I re-read it, I wouldn’t object to it as much and I could improve my rating.
Having just finished it, I could probably add a half-star, but I’m not ready to give it five.
Second time around, ...more
I know most people loved it or said they did, I've already heard all the arguments defending it.
HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: at some point in your life, you will make a very difficult decision on how to provide medical/hospice care for an aging, ailing family member. Most likely that family member will be a parent (or a Baby Boomer), and that decision will not be accepted--not by the member, not by your siblings. The decision will most likely oc ...more
Unlike most people, my complaints don’t lie in the novel’s hyper-sexuality or its cast of unlikable characters. Sex in literature has never bothered me as long as it serves to advance the plot in some way (which, I believe, it does here) an ...more
The story - about a depressingly typical and dysfunctional, middle class Middle American family from the 60s to the present - is a thief. It steals your time ...more
Até mais de metade pensei que era um livro para a minha estante das quatro estrelas mas, ao cerrar a última página e já com saudades da família Lambert, corrigi para cinco estrelas.
É um romance poderoso. Sim, muito chato nalguns partes. Mas as pessoas e as suas vidas nem sempre, ou raramente, são interessantes. Este é um livro sobre gente vulgar, que comete erros, injustiças, que tenta corrigir, mas em vão, pois o passado não pode ser rasurado e a vida não se compadece de ...more
- Стилът, обожемой!, стилът - плътен, оригинален, с онези фрази-камеи, които ти се набиват ...more
That's not to say this book didn't have as profound an effect on me the second time around; it did. It was just that I knew what to expect. The first time, I was so hooked that there was nothing else I wanted to do, other than read it. Food lost all ...more
Maybe the mark of great literature is the raising of one's ire. If this is true, Franzen has found success. At times, I was angry reading The Corrections ...more
Imagine an engineer with a sharpened pencil making schematics and rigidly following mathematical, precise principles, forming a design that fits a specific purpose and allows for only infinitesimal error.
But these ways of making corrections are not ways to deal with humans, this is not how people exist, there are no hard fast rules, no blac ...more
Franzen's other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers' Award, Granta's Best Of Young Ameri ...more