The Corrections

The Corrections

Book - 2002
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Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction

After 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.

Publisher: New York : Picador USA, [2002], c2001
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed
ISBN: 9780312421274
0312421273
Branch Call Number: PS3556.R352 C67 2002x
PS3556.R352 C67 2002x
PS3556.R352 C67 2002x
PS3556.R352 C67 2002x
FRANZEN J
FRANZEN J
FRANZEN J
FRANZEN J
Characteristics: 565 p. ; 21 cm

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erinsnest
Mar 15, 2018

March 2018.......This is a book from my shelves in the basement. (An old library discard).....I kind of hated this at the beginning, (just depressing), then it jumped, and got more interesting, then, jumped again and got depressing again. In some places, it hit too close to home.....aging mother/father, losing their independence, becoming childlike, something I am dealing with at the moment, (along with all the physical stuff and junk that goes with that!) I ended up slightly liking it, but not nearly enough to keep. I found the writing a bit tough to get through at some points.....maybe that's just me?.......Off to the second hand store it goes!

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myrtleturtle06
Nov 02, 2017

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Leslie Hankins
Aug 30, 2017

Characters are interesting, book is well written (if tedious to read), and I learned some new words. But overall the story was far too depressing. Just about every story line was depressing.

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theamazingandy
Jun 26, 2017

I think this is my favorite book of all time. Finishing it was like getting punched in the stomach, but in a good way. It was so beautiful and touching and relevant and human I cried through the last pages. Not because it was SAD! Well, the father's decline was somewhat sad, but because it is LIFE. A pure, uncut hit of the joy and sadness that make living what it is. I could go on all day but I have to go to work lol.

DBRL_IdaF May 05, 2017

Late in life, Enid Lambert comes to a realization: “What you discovered about yourself in raising children wasn’t always agreeable or attractive.” Still, Enid dreams of one last family Christmas with her three grown children before her husband Alfred’s health declines too much. Their kids’ lives are falling apart in various ways, and Enid’s campaign to bring them together reveals the weaknesses and the strengths of their family ties. There are power struggles galore, but also acts of incredible love and self-sacrifice, which gives them a lot in common with many real-life families.

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ATGM
Sep 08, 2016

Compelling but unpleasant. I read the start, skimmed about a bit and read the end for closure.

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santiano9
Jan 01, 2016

Uninteresting...could not muster empathy for any of the characters. Did not make it past page 50.

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jimtony84
Oct 03, 2015

Never felt invited to be involved in people's lives; just an observer of other people's discomfort

multcolib_central Aug 08, 2014

A story of family turmoil told in the honest captivating style of Jonathan Franzen. "The Corrections" speak to the human experience in a way that makes the story resonate with readers in a meaningful way.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 04, 2013

Did you ever notice how there are a lot of younger novelists named Jonathan (Ames, Safron Foer, Lethem)? You'd think at least one would could by John or Johnny. Johnny Franzen famously pissed off Oprah when promoting this book. Some might call this one of the 00's great novels. Some would be wrong. Sure, Franzen's a skilled writer, but he's working territory that is familiar to readers of Yates, Updike and Cheever, which makes him feel a bit old fashioned. Plus he seems incapable of creating a sympathetic character. The overall feeling this creates is contempt. I also would've had a character say "I've got something you can correct!"

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Mar 01, 2018

She had fashioned images all her life and she'd never appreciated their mystery. Now here it was. All this commerce in bits and bytes, these ones and zeros streaming through servers at some midwestern university. So much evident trafficking in so much evident nothing. A population glued to screens and magazines.
She wondered: How could people respond to these images if images didn't secretly enjoy the same status as real things? Not that images were so powerful, but that the world was so weak. p326

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