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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Franzen delivers a difficult but compelling story of a middle American family in crisis. He follows each of the characters of this novel so closely you will think they are real people, then abandons the story to begin another - and he often leaves you wanting more. Franzen is a brilliant writer but he seems to be obsessed with human fecal matter (ala Pynchon) which is not fun. This novel supposedly has comic value but I was so wrapped up wading through the difficult passages that I forgot to see the humor. It wasn't until I discussed this book with a friend of mine that I realized many of the scenes are hilarious. This book won the national book award and I don't know if it is deserving but there is definitely some very good writing in there. Franzen has become my favorite living writer and I plan to read everything he has written (which isn't much - 4 major novels and a collection of essays) but I wouldn't suggest this book if you are new to Franzen - start with Freedom. The F word is used with reckless abandon so that might bother some readers but all in all this is a fine work of fiction.
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Bobbi I appreciate your reviews. I feel truly informed, ready to make a decision to read or not read with your insight. Thanks!


Froggy Bobbi wrote: "I appreciate your reviews. I feel truly informed, ready to make a decision to read or not read with your insight. Thanks!"

I'm glad. They are mostly meant for you!


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