Corrections

Jonathan Franzen
The winner of THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller and the worldwide literary sensation, The Corrections has established itself as a truly great American novel. The Lamberts -- Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children -- are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is ill and as his condition worsens the whole family must face the failures, secrets and long-buried hurts that haunt them if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs. Stretching from the Midwest in the mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of globalised greed, The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires. It announces Jonathan Franzen as one of the most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

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Reviewed: 2021-04-10
This book had such rave reviews, I was really looking forward to reading it, but it's bad.  I had to force myself to finish it, and the only reason it got 2 stars is that it had a couple of passages about relationships that were bang on (note:  a couple - two - in a 568 page book) and perhaps I am in a generous mood.  It is precisely the kind of book that B.R. Myers criticizes in A Reader's Manifesto.  Franzen could have written this story in half the length, but he chose to go for "lyrical prose" over literary substance.  Eww.  I ended up skipping whole passages in the final third of the book.  I couldn't wait for it to end, not because I anticipated a great finale, but because I just wanted the damned thing to be over.
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