The Corrections

The Corrections

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`Intelligent, compellingly readable, funny and above all generous spirited, it is a rare thing, a modern novel with both head and heart' Daily Mail

`Funny and deeply sad, large-hearted and merciless, The Corrections is a testament to the range and depth of pleasures great fiction affords' David Foster Wallace

After fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity, and their children have long since fled for the catastrophes of their own lives. As Alfred's condition worsens and the Lamberts are forced to face their secrets and failures, Enid sets her heart on one last family Christmas.

Bringing the old world of civic virtue and sexual inhibition into violent collision with the era of hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare and globalised greed, `The Corrections' confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of the most brilliant interpreters of the American soul.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 43mm | 460g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007232446
  • 9780007232444
  • 101,090

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`A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question: what is life for? And that is as much as anyone could ask' Guardian

`Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture' Don DeLillo

'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner' Zadie Smith

'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike and Roth.' Evening Standard

`A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch' Financial Times
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About Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, including The Corrections, Freedom and Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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Rating details

132,585 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 31% (40,485)
4 35% (46,950)
3 21% (27,389)
2 8% (11,037)
1 5% (6,724)

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The Corrections is an epic of American middle class life in the 21st Century. Its character development is its standout feature. Each of the main characters contributes a stream of consciousness narrative episode; these could be strong stand-alone stories but are also elegantly linked to each other. All characters are genotypes in America's contemporary cultural landscape, but Franzen delves deeply into their minds to create individuals and consequently each character is exquisitely full of memories, stereotypical behaviours and external accessories. Franzen masterfully creates layers of interaction and events that map each character's path; this is symbolic of emotional and physical 'clutter' created by families across generations. As a sub-theme, Franzen explores the concept of a tragedy most powerfully delivered as a farce, but this is also a skilful element of his narrative. Characters verge on hysterical and hilarious, illuminating the human strategy of 'numbing' pain by shrouding it in caricature. This technique encourages the reader to engage in the humour also: if you didn't laugh, you'd more
by Monika Stasiak
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