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The Corrections

18 Ratings: 2.6
A book by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen's exhilarating novelThe Correctionstells 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 … see full wiki

Author: Jonathan Franzen
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
6 reviews about The Corrections
review by . January 27, 2008
The Oprah brouhaha and subsequent books by Franzen make it clear that he is one very prickly guy. Not necessarily someone you would want to have a beer with (nor he with you).     Nonetheless, this is a terrific book. An engrossingly readable, funny, insightful account of the dynamics of a complicated, interesting family. I read it in a couple of sittings over a two-day period, and had the feeling of letdown upon finishing it that comes from knowing you will miss spending time …
review by . October 18, 2002
...where The Satanic Verses levelly and thoroughly stunk, for a whole raft of reasons quite unrelated to Ayatollah Khomenei's Fatwa, Franzen's effort is one of the most remerkable reads I've ever had.For one thing, in the the well established post-modern fashion, it's witty, solemn, tragic, ironic, brutal and hysterical, and in each case extremely so, and often the mood will switch quite jarringly. Franzen's depiction of ailing, failing patriarch Al Lambert is geniunely funny (he comes off more …
review by . October 02, 2002
I'm often a contrary person, and when I read a lot of hype about a particular book, I tend to shy away from it. That is what I did with this book until my son, whose degree in English gives him a lot of credibility with me, highly recommended that I read it. I purchased it the next day, practically devoured it in a few days, and must confess that I loved it tremendously! This is an extremely well-written book, sly and mischievious, but also heartwarming and poignant. It's as if the author had been …
review by . January 16, 2002
In some ways THE CORRECTIONS reminds me of BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, Tom Wolfe's stunning accomplishment, although clearly not as intricately layered. BONFIRE was a great achievement, but didn't translate to the screen at all, which is just as well. A book should be appreciated for its inherent value, not the visual effects a film may produce. THE CORRECTIONS, while beautifully structured, has the cynicism but not the sophistication of BONFIRE. The author is extremely talented, awesomely so, if jaundiced …
review by . November 09, 2001
Whether we like it or not, books are introduced to the public after previewers and reviewers pass judgment in the Newspaper Book Reviews, on talk shows, and on the very jacket cover of the book in question. We are a media driven nation and despite our need to feel that we think for ourselves the media influences how we perceive art and literature more than we appreciate. When was the last time you read a book that was a virginal experience between you and the author? I read a glowing review of Franzen's …
review by . October 17, 2001
The Corrections takes a good hard look at the complex relationships within a family. Each member of The Lambert family has their own faults. The patriarch of the family is Alfred Lambert. He is a retired railroad engineer who works hard to support his family. However, Alfred doesn't show any affection toward any member of his family. Alfred emotionally distances himself from his family. This has an effect on everyone. Enid Lambert is his long suffering wife who is taken for granted in this book …
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