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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Realistic, revealing story that hits home about the future we all might face. It is a little depressing in spots but ends well and is entertaining.Published 14 days ago by Douglas Krogh
The Corrections is mainly a family story. It goes deep into the feelings, fears and emotions of each member of the Lamberts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diego Zlotogora
Very real characters. Themes/motifs are impressively complex, but story is still an easy, captivating read. Best book I've read in a while.Published 1 month ago by Ian Carleton
Difficult to find out what the heck was the theme and story line. I will not try to finish the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was unaware of the controversy involving Oprah, when the novel first appeared years ago, but it would not have deterred me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mcfin din
Way too verbose and leaving nothing for the reader to experience but I should add that I don't enjoy literature where the author decides his vision is more important than what the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert H Vesely