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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Dec 01, 2009

it was amazing
Read in December, 2009

I think I love this book.

It's painful to read.

This Franzen guy knows a lot about a lot. All the kinds of desperation I can think of, and then some. It's amazing how pretty his face is...pretty people shouldn't be able to write this well.

Why did Strong Motion suck so bad?

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Jenn The scope of the thing impressed me, too. It felt like a return to some kind of lost novel form, where everything is grand and an adventure, but also the more modern form: just the search for the happy ending makes things suck more.

Jeremy Right, and at the same time, in a tragic way, Franzen's redefining the happy ending/success/etc, like with Alfred's single success (never lost his ability to refuse), which read to me like a form of victory (Pyrrhic).

Jenn I like that way of looking at it, particularly because it increases the tension between him and his wife and their different definitions of (and the various results from seeking) happiness.

I keep meaning to read his collection: How to Be Alone. In part because I love the title.

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