Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her. Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he begins to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson’s disease. Las Correcciones by Jonathan Franzen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Preview — The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty, of Cub Scouts and Christmas cookies and sexual inhibitions, into brilliant collision with the modern absurdities of brain science, home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and the anti-gravity New Economy.
With The CorrectionsFranzen emerges as one of our premier interpreters of American society and the American soul. Enid Lambert is terribly, terribly anxious. Although she would never admit it to her neighbors or her three grown children, her husband, Alfred, is losing his grip on reality.
Maybe it’s the medication that Alfred takes for his Parkinson’s disease, or maybe it’s his negative attitude, but he spends his days brooding in the basement and committing shadowy, unspeakable acts. More and more often, he doesn’t seem to understand a word Enid says. Trouble is also brewing in the lives of Enid’s children.
Her older son, Gary, a banker in Philadelphia, has turned cruel and materialistic and is trying to force his parents out of their old house and into a tiny apartment.
The middle child, Chip, has suddenly and for no good reason quit his exciting job as a professor at D College and moved to New York City, where he seems to be pursuing a “transgressive” lifestyle and writing some sort of screenplay.
Meanwhile the baby of the family, Denise, has escaped her disastrous marriage only to cranzen her youth and beauty down the drain of feanzen affair with a married man–or so Gary hints. Enid, who loves to have fun, can still look forward to a final family Christmas and to the ten-day Nordic Pleasurelines Luxury Fall Color Cruise that she and Alfred are about to embark on.
But even these few remaining joys are threatened correcclones her husband’s growing confusion and unsteadiness. As Alfred enters his final decline, the Lamberts must face the failures, secrets, and long-buried hurts that haunt them as a family if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs. Paperbackpages.
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Did anyone else find this book as tedious, unlike the prescient Strong Motion’s story that moved along with plot, character development that required less distraction?
Cathal Kenneally Tedious is the perfect word to describe this book. I couldn’t have put it better. Can’t get into this book? Bl Late reply, but I couldn’t either. It took me a very long time to finish it. At one point I left it behind at a restaurant, and didn’t even notice it …more Late reply, but I couldn’t either.
At one point I left it behind at a restaurant, and didn’t even notice it had been there for 2 weeks. The characters are totally unlikable people. A lot like my family. In fact, after reading this book, I think of it often, which is ironic.
I think he captures the nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling some families cause. People behaving badly, yet believing they are successful and even virtuous.
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Finally took steps to get rid of the infestation, but I decided to read it first. And now it’s time jonatuan put Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections out of its misery. Its characters range from dull to awful, the story takes way too long to go nowhere, and yet the writing–the goddamn writing!
Jonathan Franzen can craft corrcciones delicious sentence, I’ll grant codrecciones that. But I had little desire to read this book and I have no desire to read his others, so I’m going to box up this copy of Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Correctionsdrop it at the back door of the nearest thrift store, and fraanzen like hell. Goodbye, little Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections. I hope you find a good home. Now if you’ll excuse me, Edith Wharton awaits. View all comments.
Sep 04, Angela rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Please know that I will not be interacting with any comments as I remember almost nothing about this novel other than the repulsion I felt toward it. I cannot add anything worthwhile to a discussion or engage in any intelligent discourse unless I read it again That being said, anyone using the comments section to make a personal attack on my character or ability as a reader a decade ago, mind youwill have their comment deleted.
Kindly agree to disagree and move along. I can think of no other way to describe this thing.
I really, really despised almost everything about The Corrections. I finished it solely so that I could write a horrible review and have it be valid. At no single point before the last 10 pages of this page monster did I feel a shred of sympathy with any of the characters.
There were several moments where I thought Franzen would have been better off writing dialogue-for-the-average-Joe instead of the trumped up and out of place Dawson’s Creek-esque vocabulary in almost every human interaction.
His insistence on using the “cent word” at every turn made reading the story choppy at best I also couldn’t help but see the author in a lot of his characters’ worst personality traits. Annoying hipster-lecher I’m-better-than-capitalism-but-still-depend-on-it Chip. Alfred is the only one for whom I felt any sympathy and that didn’t happen until the last dregs of the book Enid’s issues rubbed me the wrong way for many reasons, not the least of which being that I could see my own mother in her I know that I’ll never understand the praise this book received from critics and readers I do wish, however, that I could meet some of the people who relate it so easily to real life.
Meeting them, perhaps, would truly terrify me. View all 78 comments. Gino I absolutely agree with Angela on almost everything she said, and especially this: Gino 1 thing I don’t agree with is the aversion to the “cent word”.
Being articu 1 thing I don’t agree with is the aversion to the “cent word”. Being articulate is a skill, not a flaw. I don’t know what “Dawson’s Creek-esque vocabulary” means. Was that a TV show? Did a TV show with many “25 cent words” become popular? That is hard to believe. Jul 08, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: And when a shotgun was introduced late in the novel, I read the rest of it with my fingers crossed while muttering “Please please please please please please The father, Alfred, was a workaholic middle manager for a railroad and he’s the kind of joyless repressed bastard that considered all pleasures frivolous and taking a coffee break as a massive character flaw.
Enid is the mother. Through most of the book, Enid has her heart set on one last family Christmas at the house in St. Jude, and the evil bitch will stop at nothing to get it. Gary is the oldest and a successful investment adviser in Philly, but he married a woman who wants all ties severed with his family and has a special way of getting his sons to join her in her efforts. Someone should pimp slap him so hard that his fillings fly out of his teeth. Chip, the middle son, is a waste of skin with a special talent for self-destruction.
He torched his academic career as a professor just as he was about to get tenure by having an affair with a student and then becoming obsessed with her.
Denise is the one character that I actually had some sympathy for. The weird thing is that even though I loathed the Lamberts and almost every supporting character, too, that I actually enjoyed this book. However, I have to admit that I found this compelling reading. Maybe I was into it for all the wrong reasons. Namely, that I hated the Lamberts so much that their continued suffering brought sweet tears of joy to my eyes.