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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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The writing was excellent and the character development was great.
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!"!
Franzen went into too much detail of a character that we never see again, and his long, wordy sentences didn't impress me in this part.
Excellent description,terrific at dialogue but eventually, one cares little for any of the characters. Probably could have done with better editing.Published 9 hours ago by Mary Boissel
His style of writing, including a whole paragraph is one sentence, was not conducive to my reading tastes. It was highly recommended, I was disappointed.Published 2 days ago by richard ramirez
It was gripping and touched on almost every facet of American life at the turn on the millennium. It was a joy to read.Published 4 days ago by Scott Lallier
Purchased as a book club book. I can remember that I liked it, but really cannot recall it in detail - was a long time agoPublished 10 days ago by Katie
Took a while to get into, but after a bit I couldn't put it down. How great this book is kind of sneaks up on you. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brenna Bethancourt
Beautiful. Creative. Profound. Entertaining. Intelligent. Thought provoking. Funny. Sad. A work of art. One of the best books I have ever read.Published 12 days ago by Maddog
This book raises the bar so high that, with few exceptions, other "award-winning" works of contemporary fiction have barely seemed worth reading. Read morePublished 15 days ago by CassaPill
I should have ready this book a long time ago. Don't know why i didn't get to it. The characters are little pieces of someone we all know or are related to (or have inside of... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jennifer Chaplinski
One of the best novels written in the last two decades, The Corrections explores the experience of modern day Americans in a way that no other novel has done nearly so well. Read morePublished 23 days ago by A. White