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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Dec 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: people who like long well-written pieces of prose
Read in January, 2008

Well, it's a damn well written book. Franzen creates scenes in such minute and often excruciating detail that you find yourself squirming where you sit. And his characters are so clearly of this era and of this set of issues that it becomes clear how romanticized the fiction writers of the world have become, focussing on such a pastoral idea of the problems of Americans, stuck, generally, in a time some five decades old. I love it and I hated it. I used the book as an explanation for a foreign-language speaker of what a misanthrope is, as in, I believe Jonathan Franzen must be a misanthrope because everybody in the book sucks and their lives suck. Glad to have read the thing. Glad to be moving on.
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message 1: by Lubovedsky (new)

Lubovedsky I just read London by Edward Rutherford. The story centers around 4 families and relates the history of London from 54BC to 1940. That's alot of facts.
I don't know what to say about it except that I found that I really didn't want it to end even though most of the book suffered from a competition between character development and history. At the end, the character development won out and I got really interested. I ordered Sarum next

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