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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Mar 21, 2012

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I'd probably give this 3.5 stars: you can't say Jonathan Franzen isn't talented. His writing was often brilliant and hilarious, and I truly enjoyed reading this. The theme--a family attempting to gather together years after the children have left home and started their own lives and families--sounded promising, if depressing. But the entire time, I felt so far removed from the characters emotionally, it was hard to summon up the effort to feel bad for them. Character A makes terrible life decisions and treats people horribly; bad things happen to Character A. Same for Characters B, C, D, E and F. I understand in some cases we were supposed to realize that these horrible decisions were the byproduct of a self-sabotaging nature, but my patience ran out. Still, I've now had a sip of the Franzen Kool-Aid so next stop: Freedom. Though I'll need to take a bit of a break first.
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