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All five members of the Lambert family get their due, as everybody's lives swirl out of control. Paterfamilias Alfred is slipping into dementia, even as one of his inventions inspires a pharmaceutical giant to revolutionize treatment of his disease. His stubborn wife, Enid, specializes in denial; so do their kids, each in an idiosyncratic way. Their hepcat son, Chip, lost a college sinecure by seducing a student, and his new career as a screenwriter is in peril. Chip's sister, Denise, is a chic chef perpetually in hot water, romantically speaking; banker brother Gary wonders if his stifling marriage is driving him nuts. We inhabit these troubled minds in turn, sinking into sorrow punctuated by laughter, reveling in Franzen's satirical eye:
Gary in recent years had observed, with plate tectonically cumulative anxiety, that population was continuing to flow out of the Midwest and toward the cooler coasts.... Gary wished that all further migration [could] be banned and all Midwesterners encouraged to revert to eating pasty foods and wearing dowdy clothes and playing board games, in order that a strategic national reserve of cluelessness might be maintained, a wilderness of taste which would enable people of privilege, like himself, to feel extremely civilized in perpetuity.Franzen is funny and on the money. This book puts him on the literary map. --Tim Appelo
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Because he does little else, I found it hard to care about the book, the characters or the author's point of view.
Reading this book was like going to see a bad movie, but you can't get up to leave; you just keep telling yourself "It's going to get better!"!
After reading the NY Times Book Review and seeing an interview on television with the author, I couldn't wait to buy this book.
Every family is screwed up, but this book takes you into each family members own screwed-up-ness and shows you how they effect each other. Great characters.Published 10 hours ago by Johanna G.
I struggled to finish this book. I am retired and have all the time in the world to read, which I do daily. Read morePublished 7 days ago by gypsarella
"The Corrections" was a great read. It took me three tries to actually get past the first 30 pages, but once I hit that mark, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Trae
This book got off to a promising start but was ultimately disappointing. There's no question that Franzen can write, but he seems so focused on creating "great" literature... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Christopher Gill
So glad I read this years after the hype/Oprah controversy. Brilliant novel, tragic and beautiful.Published 24 days ago by Miss B.
The book was long, to long and sometime lost my attention. Denise was my favoriate charater in the book and had the most interesting life. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Sally L. Christensen
I think Freedom is a better novel. At times, it was difficult to follow but over all a good book.Published 1 month ago by Donald Green
I've never written a review on amazon before but I felt compelled to do so for this book because I was so appalled by how poorly it was reviewed here. I loved this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Conway
Sometimes a bit close to home....I found myself and my family over and over in this book. To see this erudite expression, forthright and true makes it a bit easier to deal with.Published 1 month ago by Katherine Fern