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The Corrections: A Novel (original 2001; edição 2002)

por Jonathan Franzen (Autor)

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The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century -- a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man -- or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.… (mais)
Membro:katerleigh
Título:The Corrections: A Novel
Autores:Jonathan Franzen (Autor)
Informação:Picador (2002), Edition: Reprint, 576 pages
Coleções:TBR, A sua biblioteca
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Here's what I wrote in 2016 about this read: "Family dysfunction in the heartland, and then the market correction came (well, it comes at the end and hence the novel's name). All that mom wanted, as she neared the end of a narrow and unfulfilled life, was another family Christmas with everyone at home. Well, she didn't get that; seemed nobody in this family got much that was fulfilling and joyous." 2024: The term "correction" shows up throughout the novel; it is a theme. Quotations in the comments section are my actual Kindle highlights. ( )
  MGADMJK | Jul 13, 2024 |
Cutting my losses & dumping this at p. 135.
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
So many fellow readers did not like this book, but I gobbled it up with complete attention to each of the (undesirable?) well-developed characters and their peccadilloes. The author had me from the first page. It was a big, Dickensian, richly-detailed and satisfying novel. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
F***ing hell this is life. ( )
  Lokileest | Apr 2, 2024 |
It set a lot up over the course of its 600+ pages but it only felt like it touched the surface of the fragile family drama that it proudly wears on its chest as its highest assurance.

While relating heavily to each and every character, with a father who has Parkinson's and my mom takes care of to him to her detriment, this couldn't have hit me harder nor at a better time. Its characters are annoying, funny, bratty, endearing, entitled, crazy, and uniquely familiar on every front. Everything about Denise and her history with Alfred, aside from Alfred's very weird and, not very well explained, love of Denise. Chips adventures in Lithuania and everything about Chips situation there had me laughing or gasping or learning something new. Gary and his perfectly dysfunctional nuclear hellscape of a family. These characters each spoke to me on a unique level, they all felt individual and beautifully flawed. I saw myself in them and I saw people I hated in them, existing together. These personalities along with that of the parents; Alfred and Enid, is the books biggest strength. Alfred's diseased rants of age and hallucinations made me laugh but also angry and sad.

All of these personalities and personal grievances, vendettas, secrets, and other story-related family drama were set up carefully for collision with dramatic fireworks and meticulously picked apart and solved through complex conversation and the theatrical drama of a finale we all expect from fiction. All of this had been leading up to the penultimate moment of the book, the "last Christmas at home together".

But when the book finally got there, it felt as if it happened so quickly and in a vacuum. That moment at the dinner table, we were Chip, speechless as these moments unfurled, held back by nothing and then passed by, and then we are met with an epilogue. *SPOILER* The book leaves you with the answer that everything in these dysfunctional people, at least the things set up throughout the book, was fixed by Alfred's entering into a nursing home. *END SPOILER*

Perhaps these unsolved threads that are the books biggest grievance for me are actually its greatest strength as a "family novel". As much like with family, we wish we could've said more, we each feel like we have the answers, that we know whats best, and get angry or detached as a result of just trying to do what we each think is best. We each want to communicate our deepest wants and needs with each other without all of the colorful generational baggage that existence brings. But in the end we are helpless in the face of circumstance to be able to communicate anything close to what we truly feel, so we are cut short and left to be happy with what we still have, rather than what we long for.

Overall a delightful and effortless read, a refreshing but heart-achingly realistic depiction of family. ( )
  MalkMan | Dec 29, 2023 |
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Franzen’s brilliant achievement is that he creates a set of stereotypical characters and then opens the door and allows us see, in suspenseful, humorous, mesmerizing detail, their defining moments. What was once a silhouette becomes three-dimensional. The complexity becomes a dim mirror of our own complex interiority—writ large, the way we like it writ, because then we can’t help but see ourselves in it.
 
Hvis du skal ta med deg en eneste roman på sommerferie, bør det bli Jonathan Franzens "Korrigeringer". Du kan ikke gjøre noe bedre kjøp akkurat nå. Men romanen gjør deg ikke dermed til en lykkelig konsument, mener Tom Egil Hverven.
adicionada por annek49 | editarNRK, Tom Egil Hverven (Jun 24, 2002)
 
'Met voorsprong het beste boek dat ik in jaren gelezen heb. Het enige slechte is dat het jammer genoeg na 502 pagina's ophoudt.'
adicionada por guurtjesboekenkast | editarDe Morgen, Yves Desmet
 
'De correcties is een zeldzaamheid: een boek dat hoog inzet, stilistisch verbluft en niet kan worden weggelegd tot het is uitgelezen.'
adicionada por guurtjesboekenkast | editarNRC Handelsblad, Pieter Steinz
 

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The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century -- a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man -- or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

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