Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her. Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he begins to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson’s disease. Las Correcciones by Jonathan Franzen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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He is supposed to be from somewhere in Scandinavia but he reads more like an Eastern European – which is where Enid is from. The father, Alfred, was a workaholic middle manager for a railroad and he’s the kind of joyless repressed bastard that considered all pleasures frivolous and taking a coffee break as a massive character flaw. At one point I left it behind at a restaurant, and didn’t even notice it …more Late reply, but I couldn’t either. Imagine an engineer with a sharpened pencil making schematics and rigidly following mathematical, precise principles, forming a design that fits a specific purpose and allows for only infinitesimal error.

Cathal Kenneally Tedious is the perfect word to describe this book. Without being overtly dysfunctional, we can perpetuate relationships even though they are flawed or defective or unsatisfying. It took me a very long time to finish it. I loved Franzen’s Freedom and really couldn’t wait to get into this novel. If everybody performs their designated role, does their bit, pulls their weight, plays their part, then compliance, reliability and success in turn give rise to a family culture of reliance, confidence and trust.

Jonathan Franzen seems to have a knack for winding people up. Freedom is an Oprah Book Club selection. View all comments. I can’t deny that there were some clever things about this book, or rather, about the story not so much the prosebut it’s not enough to make the entire reading experience worthwhile. Complete list — — — After her marriage to a colleague, twice her age, falls to pieces she is done with men and decides to try her luck with women. And I soon realised why such a fuss was made of The Corrections.


Loosely plotted around Enid’s attempt to get her wayward children home for “one last Christmas”, before Alfred succumbs completely to his Parkinsons and dementia, I had little patience for their tribulations and even less for their excruciatingly depressing family get-togethers.

Punch Lines Stylistically, the novel is written in the third person.

I feel the need to respond because I loved this book, and even re-read it about a year ago. I don’t agree with it in the world we live in now where our families are more about choice than ever before.

Instead, Franzen finds something to genuinely mourn about the apparent loss of the expectations that the family puts on each other. Publicaciones y Ediciones Salamandra S. Did I really need to read a long description of Chip trying to fuck a couch after his girlfriend dumps him? Franzen shows us glimpses of the sad world he has inherited and the fruitless seclusion he has made for himself. At the end, he remains unreconciled with his parents and siblings, even if he has achieved a compromise of sorts in the conflict with his wife and children.

My mother’s main complaint, too, was that the characters weren’t nice. Across the library there are now two whole shelves of Vollmann, growing to three.


In a post-communist state. And it does this simply by telling the story of Alfred and Enid and their three children, Gary, Chip and Denise. People behaving badly, yet believing they are successful and even virtuous.

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Unsurprisingly then, inevitably, our time with him is consumed by a revenge quest for his father. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. And I think this is what makes us human. However, the story always came back to the Lamberts – as real and as fascinating a fictional family as you could ever come across.

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I also couldn’t help but see the author in a lot of his characters’ worst personality traits. Gary, the only central character who fails to learn from his mistakes and grow during the course of the novel, loses a lot of money as technology correccinoes begin to decline.

It took jonaghan nearly 20 years to read Jonathan Franzen’s award-winning novel, “The Corrections. Those three stars are really three. Ones that take a wise approach, or a humorous one, or a reflective one – something.

He appears to be the successful child, but the visage conceals an unhappiness and dissatisfaction with a more conventional life, so much so that he probably suffers from depression. So how is it that I would give such a heralded book two out of five stars?