The Corrections by Jonathan FranzenThe Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections

byJonathan Franzen

Paperback | November 3, 2003

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Enid, long-time matriarch of the Lambert family, sets her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

Published to universal acclaim, Jonathan Franzen’s novel about a post-modern family breaking down in late-twentieth-century America is a comic, tragic masterpiece. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, and deeply human, The Corrections has been a fixture on bestseller lists since its debut and was one of the most talked-about books of the year.

"Jonathan Franzen won the National Book Award for Fiction for The Corrections in 2001, and is the author oftwo other critically acclaimed novels, The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in The New Yorker and Harper’s. Jonathan Franzen lives in New York City. Visit the author’s Web site a...
Title:The CorrectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.41 inPublished:November 3, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006393098

ISBN - 13:9780006393092

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book One of my favourite books. Only one downside: it's so heavy. My wrist may have cramped while holding it --you may want to get the e-book version.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's good This is one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible Read this! You'll be glad you did.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Finally Read Franzen, and It Was Good Finally, after way too long, I have read Franzen. Yes, this was my first. I'm not sure what my expectations were going into this book, but I must say I really liked it. I think I was prepared to hate it purely based on Franzen's reputation for being, you know, a pretentious asshole. I love confident, bold writers, but cannot stand it if there is no merit behind the big personality. Thankfully, I was able to connect with it and understand his appeal. This is the story of a family, the Lamberts. Enid and Alfred, the matriarch and patriarch, are living together in a way that many couples live together after a lifetime - as roommates. Enid longs for Alfred's touch and attention, while Alfred grows increasingly irritable and senile. Alfred has always been moody and distant with his family, while Enid fantasizes about romance and the ideal family. Enid wants, more than anything, to have one more Christmas celebration in their hometown of St. Jude. This means attempting to rally her three children, Gary, Chip, and Denise, together for the event. This sort of sounds like the setup for a fun holiday movie, but I can assure you that is not what this is. I'm finding this review difficult to write - there's a lot going on with this book, but there's also not a lot going on - which I realize makes no sense. There's action and advancement of the story line, but this is heavily character driven. Franzen shines with his characters. He has created a cast of flawed people with messy lives that many will hate, but I found myself relating to each member of this family for different reasons. Enid's desire for love and family, Alfred's internal space and need for privacy, Gary's depression and the pressures of family life and responsibility, Denise's search for identity, and Chip's hunt for success. Some of the moments that hit me the hardest in this book are so quiet and unassuming that they can easily be missed. For example, a family meal that no one is enjoying only to be topped off with a desert of pineapple, igniting Alfred to become angry with Enid. It's not a loud moment, but it also is. If that makes sense. There's a lot of unpack with this book, and a lot more going on than I will touch on here: economic crisis, sexuality, depression and mental illness, elder care, and so much more. Readers who enjoy beefy books that call for analysis will likely be at home with the Corrections.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Read this for a bookclub I found this book both fascinating and at times incredibly's not a light read, you have to concentrate a lot on all the characters. I enjoyed and laughed at my many parts but truthfully found it soooo long and hard to finish in a leisurely manner.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope The story outline drew me in and the execution of the story drew me away. This is not a must read.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Franzen's best book His best novel yet. A real page turner
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I was a big fan of J. Franzen's Freedom, so I decided to try The Corrections, hoping for another amazing read. And it left me feeling very 'meh', which is not surprising -- this book was super depressing. Maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind when I read it, but it was definitely challenging to get through as there wasn't an uplifting moment to speak of. I would recommend reading Freedom instead.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The alarm bell had been ringing for years Time magazine named Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections in their top 100 novels of all time, and now after reading it I can definitely see why. Franzen writes the Lambert family in such a way that they seem so quirky and odd -- yet so totally normal at the same time. I think we can all relate to this book somehow and I believe after reading it people will appreciate the themes and social criticism evoked in the text. While The Corrections may seem a bit intimidating (624 pages) to some, it won't take very long to read if you can get into the novel (I finished in a little under a week and a half). Franzen's diction within The Corrections is so readable and fun, I'm sure most will appreciate it like I did. However, some may be put off by some parts of the novel as it kind of gets bogged down in scientific terminology -- but not enough to make it a huge complaint on my part; I even enjoyed some of these parts. Franzen's ostentatious comments after the novel's publication -- which I personally find repugnant -- aside, The Corrections is a witty, hilarious, and heart-breaking novel. It's not something everyone will enjoy, but you have to read it.
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Confused? Am I the only person who had trouble with this book? The family dysfunction was searing and amusing, but otherwise I found the writing laborious and trying. There were times I was straight bored and had to put the book down for days. I also found the talk of stocks/investing and the very lengthy scientific tangents only confused and did not forward or enhance the story. I know this book was a massive hit, so I accept perhaps it's my literary or academic limitations that have prevented me from understanding a truly genius work. Any comments?
Date published: 2007-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dysfunction in all its Glory A truly searing indictment of the greedy 90's era. Filled with memorable characters, flaws and all. At turns brutally humourous and brutally sad. The dysfunctional family in all its glory! Brilliantly witty.
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