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- SynopsisWinner of the 2001 National Book Award for FictionAfter 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 long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
- AuthorJonathan Franzen
- Number Of Pages576 pages
- Publication Date2002-09-01
- Copyright Date2001
- Weight15.7 Oz
- Height1.1 In.
- Width6.1 In.
- Length8.2 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3556.R352 C67 2001
- Dewey Decimal813.54
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews"You will laugh, wince, groan, weep, leave the table and maybe the country, promise never to go home again, and be reminded of why you read serious fiction in the first place." -- The New York Review of Books "Marvelous . . . Everything we want in a novel--except, when it's rocking along, for it never to be over." -- The New York Times Book Review "Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture--our culture." -- Don DeLillo "Looms as a model for what ambitious storytelling can still say about modern life . . . Franzen swings for the fences and clears them with yards to spare." -- San Francisco Chronicle "The novel we've been waiting for...a stunning anatomy of family dysfunction...a contemporary novel that will endure." -- Esquire "In its complexity, its scrutinizing and utterly unsentimental humanity, and its grasp of the subtle relationships between domestic drama and global events....It is a major accomplishment." -- Michael Cunningham "Frighteningly, luminously authentic." -- The Boston Globe "A genuine masterpiece . . . This novel is a wisecracking, eloquent, heartbreaking beauty." -- Elle "The brightest, boldest, and most ambitious novel I've read in many years." -- Pat Conroy "Brilliant . . . Almost unbearably lifelike." -- The New York Observer "Funny and deeply sad, large-hearted and merciless, The Corrections is a testament to the range and depth of pleasures great fiction affords." -- David Foster Wallace "This is a spellbinding novel . . . that is both funny and piercing." -- People,A genuine masterpiece . . . This novel is a wisecracking, eloquent, heartbreaking beauty.,Brilliant . . . Almost unbearably lifelike.,Frighteningly, luminously authentic.,Funny and deeply sad, large-hearted and merciless, The Corrections is a testament to the range and depth of pleasures great fiction affords.,In its complexity, its scrutinizing and utterly unsentimental humanity, and its grasp of the subtle relationships between domestic drama and global events....It is a major accomplishment.,Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture--our culture.,Looms as a model for what ambitious storytelling can still say about modern life . . . Franzen swings for the fences and clears them with yards to spare.,Marvelous . . . Everything we want in a novel--except, when it's rocking along, for it never to be over.,The brightest, boldest, and most ambitious novel I've read in many years.,The novel we've been waiting for...a stunning anatomy of family dysfunction...a contemporary novel that will endure.,This is a spellbinding novel . . . that is both funny and piercing.
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- thebookpreserveJan 30, 2009by
A Warm, Social, Prophetic Novel. Anything but Elitist.
Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" doesn't mention the names George W. Bush or Osama bin Laden once and yet the book, which was published on September 1, 2001, eerily anticipates the major issues that have transpired since September 11. Franzen creates a nation kept awake at night by nameless dread in his second sentence: "You could feel it: something terrible was going to happen." Franzen uses his main characters- the Lamberts, a Midwestern family with three adult children who resist their mother's hysterical insistence that they make it home for Christmas- to expound on many of the themes that have dominated the first decade of the twenty-first century: global warming, economic recession, HMOs, psychopharmaceuticals, viral marketing, Eastern European instability, even the organic food movement. Readers familiar with the book's history know that Oprah Winfrey selected "The Corrections" for her book club, but Franzen made some ungracious comments about being in the company of her past "schmaltzy" selections. He was labeled elitist, and she withdrew the invitation. But even this controversy was prophetic, as a strain of anti-intellectualism has become prevalent in the national conversation, as exemplified by George W. Bush's avowed suspicion of "fancy talk." In truth, "The Corrections" is anything but elitist. The novel is a warm social epic, the sort of cultural commentary that many novelists have tried to write since September 11. Because Franzen got there before the 9/11 problem- an event too big to be ignored and too unwieldy to be taken head-on- his book serves as an excellent idea that our culture can be neatly divided into "before" and "after," the events about which others struggle to write.Read full review
- charlottebondMay 08, 2007by
I am nto finding the book captivating and have put it down to read other books. It is the story of a family, mostly the son who wrote a book, but it starts off with his elderly parents and the strange interactions between them in their retired years. The story of the ex-college professor and his book is the point of the story, but it is not as compelling as it needs to be to keep my interest. I hope to finish the book, but find with the warm weather I want something lighter and happier.
- oddstoanendDec 02, 2013by
Great book. Vivid story telling.
Great book. I've read it before but got this as a gift for my sister. Felt that we could relate in a strange way.
- agentavoryAug 26, 2008by
The book that should set the tone for literature in the
I read this book two years ago and I still get chills when i think about how great it is. I bought it on eBay for my mother. If you have not read it yet, give it a go.
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