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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Jul 27, 2007

really liked it
Read in July, 2007

Here is the (I think) amazing thing about this book. I cannot relate to the characters in any way but I still loved them. For the most part they are detestable but I cheered for them anyway. Maybe it’s because just below the surface they have a layer of humanness trying to get out. It’s almost as if in their busy efforts to forget who/where they came from they also forgot how to have compassion for others. I don’t know, it’s strange. There are very little redeeming qualities in the characters, but I still want them to be happy.

The front of the novel calls this “serious comedy” and I think that’s probably a good word for it. At times it’s extremely funny and at other times I winced for the end of a particular set of circumstances. Without sounding too dumb, it was very emotional.

Maybe we are drawn to books like The Corrections for the same reason we can’t take our eyes away from car wrecks. There is something terrible but captivating in human tragedy.
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