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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Oct 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, family-saga

I have read some good books in the last couple of years, but it's been a very long time since I enjoyed a book this much. I was beginning to think that maybe I had matured out of that feeling of loving a book so much I needed to curl up inside it and for it to never end- but The Corrections gave me that special feeling I'd been chasing.

I don't mean to make The Corrections sound like all sugar and lightness- because it isn't. We are led through each member of the Lambert family's personal failures, insecurities and neuroses. Maybe this is comforting because it is so relatable. It is really hard for me to believe that there isn't an Enid Lambert, in Kansas/Missouri/Little Midwestern Town USA, obsessing over Christmas nine months in advance.

I really admire that Franzen delved into the perspective of the elderly. I think that growing older is something that makes so many people uncomfortable that authors often avoid it, but Jonathan Franzen does not and does it well.

I am sad that this book is over; I hope that Freedom is at least half as good.

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