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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

This book has taken me longer to complete than any book I can remember, which is saying a lot since I typically binge-read and dispatch even the thickest most boring novel in a week or less. And why?

Because this is also one of the most depressing novels I've ever read.

The novel has a pretty propulsive first third. But then it slows down and goes through an exceedingly tedious middle wherein we learn more about the issues facing the elderly father of the family. The final third returns to the speed of the first third, but really sinks into what I can only think of as nihilism.

Great novel, but good riddance. As much as I appreciate the skill of the narration and the depth of the story, I honestly can't recommend this to anyone.

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Tracy Thank you, John. I had the same reaction to this book. Blech.

John Norman I was actually angry when reading it. And I typically just don't get angry about things any more.

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