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The Corrections Paperback – 17 September 2007
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- ASIN : 0007232446
- Publisher : 4th Estate GB (17 September 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780007232444
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007232444
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 4.2 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 62,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question: what is life for? And that is as much as anyone could ask' Guardian
‘Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture’ Don DeLillo
'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner' Zadie Smith
'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike and Roth.' Evening Standard
‘A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch’ Financial Times
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The characters are mostly of the 'unlikeable' type and if you want a hero you won't find one. It's not part of Mr Franzen's master plan.
However, it is undeniable that Mr. Franzen is a great writer. Whatever you may think of him as a man or his views, as an author you have to admire his craft and sharp intellect – that alone deserves 3 stars. Every single page has something about it. It spoke to me on some level, whether I agreed or not.
His psychological assault makes it seem as though he is expertly taking apart and putting together the most complex inner workings of an antique clock, but he is doing it with human relationships and the human mind.
I found the book sad, sometimes funny, but often disturbing.
Am I glad that I read it?
Is it lacking something?
YES, but I am not quite sure what it is. Hence the 4 stars
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
Also the minutiae of detail in telling about some things, to me, was overkill.
Still, I finished it.. and actually, didn't want to put it down the past couple of days.. so it can't have been all that bad.
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A social commentary on the times we live in, as well as giving us some biting satire there are a lot of themes that are taken in in this story in which we follow members of one family. Here then we meet the Lambert family with both parents still alive, although the father Alfred has Parkinson’s and dementia and is married to long suffering Enid. Their three children are all grown up and do not live in the same State as their parents, let alone within easy reach of the same town. Here we have Gary, the eldest, followed by Chip, and lastly the youngest, Denise.
This story takes in the decline of America’s heavy industrial past as it comes to changing to services, hi-tec and other sectors, whilst also showing how a dysfunctional family setting can then be transferred to children, and thus the families that they then have. The family members really do have hang-ups and none of them can seem to stay happy for any amount of time, although this does gradually change as the story reaches its climax. Certainly, mirroring the fears and anxieties of America both then and indeed now, to a certain extent this also highlights those that we are also feeling in this country and elsewhere. Also, we see the problems that Eastern European countries faced trying to come to terms with new economic models.
As the main family members try to come to terms with what and who they are this does jump about a bit, not only between characters, but also time periods, as it goes backwards and forwards from present to past. Thoughtful, but also quite humorous on the whole this is intelligently written and does bring up a lot of topics, and could indeed be a good choice for book groups.
Each time I looked at % complete it was so low I would become miserable. On a positive note though, this had become a challenge! I was not going to read anything else until I finished it and then I could legitimately slag off this tedium of words.
In a horrendous twist to my fate, in the last 30% I actually started to enjoy it a little. Whilst not actually liking any of the characters, I became at least vaguely interested in what happened to them which was a sizemic shift.
On reflection, there are benefits to this book: 1) helped me to sleep 2) given me a reason for a party now its over 🤗3) saved me money on other books as it is took 50 times longer to read than any other ‘normal’ book (see reason 1) 4) inspired me to write a rare review (so I hope this is of use!)
Good luck if you choose this path!
There are lots of books out there and I don't want to give hours of my life to this one as I really can't see it being worth it. The central character is not one I felt any connection with. He just seems to be a struggling, somewhat shallow and pervy writer with massively stereotyped parents and siblings. Yawn.
I very rarely write reviews yet this book compelled me to warn other readers that they will need some stubborness and stamina to cut through the padding.
I've given it two stars instead of one with the kind expectation that it might get better and have a decent ending. I have other books to read so I'm deleting this one with no particular remorse.
However, as I progressed I found more to like about the book. It prompted thought and discussion and I found that I actually wanted to finish it to co e to a conclusion.
Not light hearted reading.