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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Jan 24, 2011

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I enjoyed The Corrections more than I did Franzen's Freedom. Its focus on a single nuclear family of five gives it more impact, more sense of tragedy, less sense of a random bunch of crazy people wandering around past the viewfinder, as are found in Freedom. The title, The Corrections, is, like Freedom, an add-on, it seems to me, stamped on the manuscript by the author to give the book more thematic coherence than it deserves. "Corrections" means everything from son Chip's corrections of his ridiculous screenplay in the first part of the book to the financial correction, and the mother's attempts to correct the demented father, with which the book ends. Is the title significant? Ironic? Instructive? No, I think it's just a title.

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message 1: by Corey (last edited Jan 09, 2013 08:45AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Corey Just so you know: Franzen titled the book The Corrections as an allusion to Gaddis' The Recognitions. He wrote a whole essay about it, the title of which escapes me at the moment.

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