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The Corrections (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Jonathan Franzen

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Title:The Corrections
Authors:Jonathan Franzen
Info:Farrar Straus & Giroux (2001), Edition: 3rd Edition, Hardcover, 568 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

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Just bring everyone home for Xmas — like father, like son — Book author thought too intelligent for Oprah's club

The Lamberts – Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children – are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is ill and as his condition worsens the whole family must face the failures, secrets and long-buried hurts that haunt them if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs.
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  christinejoseph | Jul 21, 2016 |
the dialogue is amazing, but i'm into more story-driven books, if that makes sense. it's a beautiful read, but i want some reason to turn the page. i have a lot of friends that LOVE this book, but i was ultimately just so-so on it. ( )
  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
The Corrections was a book I read after reading Freedom, which I absolutely loved. People love or hate these books and I understand why. It's genuinely disturbing to read about such dysfunction. His families are deeply flawed, almost to the point of unlikeable. I was warned that I may dislike all the characters, which was not true at all. I enjoyed each one of them to a degree, and was able to empathize with most. But I love this about Franzen. There is no whipped topping. And yet, for me, there is still a core to each individual that is sweet and pure. I can see it. Not sure why others have such difficulty.
I really enjoyed The Corrections, but for me, Freedom was more enjoyable. ( )
1 vote bpeters65 | Jul 16, 2016 |
the joys and bitterness of family life
By sally tarbox on 21 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
Wonderful wonderful read that sucks you in from the very first paragraph...into the lives of the elderly Midwestern couple, Alfred and Enid - he in the first stages of Parkinsons/ dementia; she struggling to cope and just a teeny bit annoying in her own right.
She yearns for 'One last Christmas' with their adult children about them. But family life was far from perfect even when they were young - as flashbacks makes clear - and it can't be now...
Put me much in mind of Updike's 'Rabbit' series - the conversation that just jumps off the page it's so realistic. ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
I'm finding that this book isn't terribly enjoyable...I think because the dysfunctionality of the family, while entirely different, reminds me too much of my own. ( )
  crystallyn | Jul 6, 2016 |
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Franzen’s brilliant achievement is that he creates a set of stereotypical characters and then opens the door and allows us see, in suspenseful, humorous, mesmerizing detail, their defining moments. What was once a silhouette becomes three-dimensional. The complexity becomes a dim mirror of our own complex interiority—writ large, the way we like it writ, because then we can’t help but see ourselves in it.
 
Hvis du skal ta med deg en eneste roman på sommerferie, bør det bli Jonathan Franzens "Korrigeringer". Du kan ikke gjøre noe bedre kjøp akkurat nå. Men romanen gjør deg ikke dermed til en lykkelig konsument, mener Tom Egil Hverven.
added by annek49 | editNRK, Tom Egil Hverven (Jun 24, 2002)
 
'Met voorsprong het beste boek dat ik in jaren gelezen heb. Het enige slechte is dat het jammer genoeg na 502 pagina's ophoudt.'
added by guurtjesboekenkast | editDe Morgen, Yves Desmet
 
'De correcties is een zeldzaamheid: een boek dat hoog inzet, stilistisch verbluft en niet kan worden weggelegd tot het is uitgelezen.'
added by guurtjesboekenkast | editNRC Handelsblad, Pieter Steinz
 
Fremragende amerikansk roman minder os om hvor nøjsomme vi i grunden er herhjemme. Litterært set.
added by 2810michael | editJyllands-Posten, Niels Lillelund
 

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Franzen, Jonathanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baardman, GerdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freire de Andrade, Maria JoãoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groenenberg, HuubTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Book description
The Corrections is a 2001 novel by American author Jonathan Franzen. It revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children, tracing their lives from the mid-twentieth century to "one last Christmas" together near the turn of the millennium.
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You're soldiering on . . . ?
It might become interesting . . . ?
It doesn't. Trust me.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312421273, Paperback)

Jonathan Franzen's exhilarating novel The Corrections tells a spellbinding story with sexy comic brio, and evokes a quirky family akin to Anne Tyler's, only bitter. Franzen's great at describing Christmas homecomings gone awry, cruise-ship follies, self-deluded academics, breast-obsessed screenwriters, stodgy old farts and edgy Tribeca bohemians equally at sea in their lives, and the mad, bad, dangerous worlds of the Internet boom and the fissioning post-Soviet East.

All five members of the Lambert family get their due, as everybody's lives swirl out of control. Paterfamilias Alfred is slipping into dementia, even as one of his inventions inspires a pharmaceutical giant to revolutionize treatment of his disease. His stubborn wife, Enid, specializes in denial; so do their kids, each in an idiosyncratic way. Their hepcat son, Chip, lost a college sinecure by seducing a student, and his new career as a screenwriter is in peril. Chip's sister, Denise, is a chic chef perpetually in hot water, romantically speaking; banker brother Gary wonders if his stifling marriage is driving him nuts. We inhabit these troubled minds in turn, sinking into sorrow punctuated by laughter, reveling in Franzen's satirical eye:

Gary in recent years had observed, with plate tectonically cumulative anxiety, that population was continuing to flow out of the Midwest and toward the cooler coasts.... Gary wished that all further migration [could] be banned and all Midwesterners encouraged to revert to eating pasty foods and wearing dowdy clothes and playing board games, in order that a strategic national reserve of cluelessness might be maintained, a wilderness of taste which would enable people of privilege, like himself, to feel extremely civilized in perpetuity.
Franzen is funny and on the money. This book puts him on the literary map. --Tim Appelo

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After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have flown the family nest to live their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure, Enid has set her heart on bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.… (more)

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