The winner of THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller and the worldwide literary sensation, The Corrections has established itself as a truly great American novel. The Lamberts -- Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children -- are a troubled family living in a troubled... show more
The winner of THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller and the worldwide literary sensation, The Corrections has established itself as a truly great American novel. The Lamberts -- Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children -- are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is ill and as his condition worsens the whole family must face the failures, secrets and long-buried hurts that haunt them if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs. Stretching from the Midwest in the mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of globalised greed, The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires. It announces Jonathan Franzen as one of the most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
Publish date: September 2nd 2002
Publisher: Fourth Estate Paperbacks
Pages no: 635
Edition language: English
Incredibly long and tedious read, yet strangely addictive and enjoyable at the same time.
I started this review once already, struggled with it, and have decided to start completely over. The problem was that I was trying overly hard to justify my feelings. The words jumbled out, page after page, full of whining and excuses. I wanted to somehow convey my strong dislike for Franzen's pers...
For me this book was doomed. I read it right after I read "Infinite Jest." That's akin to being the poor soul who replaced Willie Mays. Actually, that was Bobby Bonds, Barry's father. I didn't like it at all. Sometimes I focused on "poetic" passages which were still underway long after the falcon ha...
There are three novels fighting for dominaton here. Two of them can have a conversation, while the third one just stands there. There’s an intimate, expansive novel of character exploration, sort of like Atonement. There’s a satirical novel where characters represent stereotypes and Franzen fools ar...