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The writing is so good it hurts
on August 7, 2015
Franzen is a master of language. He controls every page, every sentence, every syllable with a hypnotist's skill. The words on the page dance for him. This, of course, wouldn't be enough if he didn't deliver a fantastic story, but he does.
The Corrections tells the story of a broken family set up in sections from each of the family members perspectives. Through each of the sibling's chapters, you get a sense of how their parents raised them and how that affected them differently. They all have grown up as deeply flawed individuals struggling to find their place, but all of them have qualities we can support and root for.
Franzen speaks with brutal honesty that can often be heartbreaking and devastating. For the literary quality alone, you should read this book, but if that's not enough, do it to explore a character study that will move you.