Corrections Perennial

Paperback | November 3, 2003

byJonathan Franzen

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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.

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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 hila...

"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...

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Format: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 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.
Date published: 2006-06-01