Es of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections have taken to disguising themselves as books in Tim LaHaye s and Jerry B Jenkins Left Behind series Few manage to find good homes Some bolder braver copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections occasionally venture forth into the Ts to hide among Tolstoy and Trollope but are usually ambushed by gangs of Edith Wharton novels and never seen again Sadly due to gridlock in the current session of Congress no action has been taken lately causing tens of millions of copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections to be rounded up and destroyed in the last two years Although the world of books has developed many religious beliefs regarding what will happen in the after livre Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections remains firmly agnostic This is just as well since all pulped and recycled copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections are eventually reincarnated as copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel Freedom A friend gave me Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections a few years ago hers had had a litter of baby Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections free to a good home and I ve had it burrowed in the shelves ever since Finally took steps to get rid of the infestation but I decided to read it first And now it s time to put Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections out of its misery Its characters range from dull to awful the story takes way too long to go nowhere and yet the writing the goddamn writing is damn fucking good Jonathan Franzen can craft a delicious sentence I ll grant him that But I had little desire to read this book and I have no desire to read his others so I m going to box up this copy of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections drop it at the back door of the nearest thrift store and run like hell Goodbye little Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections I hope you find a good homeNow if you ll excuse me Edith Wharton awaits Franzen s writing is impeccable Not only does his understanding of complex familial relationships fascinate me but his ability to capture these characters all five of them I might add with such depthI think that is what really drew me in as a reader I mean these are people who are so flawed emotionally and so utterly selfish inherently and yet each of them has this capacity for loving one another even while recognizin My first Franzen Really I don t even now how to start this review I could begin I suppose by discussing the pure perfection of his writing It is REALLY DAMN GOOD If I could break reviews down into little sections he d get 10 stars for his styletechniue Excellent On the other hand I can t give this a full 5 stars Or can I Yeah it was well written The depth of the characters and the storyline maybe just a hair short of phenomenal YetWhy do I bother with fiction I feel guilty as if I should be learning something instead Is the desire to read this type of fiction some sort of voyeuristic fetish Peek into some fictional character s life and say Hell I ve got it good Really there is plenty of non fiction out there to get you into an attitude of gratitude right uick see books on holocaust genocide great depression etc Do I as a reader get anything out of it at all beyond perhaps some mindless entertainment Do I have to David Foster Wallace once said Fiction s about what it is to be a fucking human being And you now he s right In The Corrections Franzen absolutely nails not literally each member of a dysfunctional average family Mom borders on neurotic Dad is demented Kids all screwed up in their own way The following excerpt He d had the sense moments earlier that Caroline was on the verge of accusing him of being depressed and he was afraid that if the idea he was depressed gained currency he would forefit the right to his opinions He would forefit his moral certainties *EVERY WORD HE SPOKE WOULD BECOME * word he spoke would become symptom of disease he would never again win an arguement Fricking BRILLIANT And real Somehow Franzen manages to put the fun in dysfunctional Far from mindless The Corrections tunes you in to each family member and their flaws In reading you may recognize yourself in one of the characters stop and think oh no I m that jerk Or in a perhaps better scenario say Ha That bitch is just like my sisterWhatever the case you KNOW these people Franzen writes about You work with them God forbid you are related to them But it is real All the imperfections the misunderstandings the yearning the love the hate It IS about being a human being And it is done very damn wellThis is NOT my last Franzen 41917 update I appreciate that so many people have liked this review andor commented on it whether we agree or not Please now that I will not be interacting with any comments as I remember almost nothing about this novel other than the repulsion I felt toward it I cannot add anything worthwhile to a discussion or engage in any intelligent discourse unless I read it again which I think we all now I am not going to do That being said anyone using the comments section to make a personal attack on my character or ability as a reader a decade ago mind you will have their comment deleted Kindly agree to disagree and move alongA seemingly unending stream of word vomitI can think of no other way to describe this thingI really really despised almost everything about The Corrections I finished it solely so that I could write a horrible review and have it be validAt no single point before the last 10 pages of this 566 page monster did I feel a shred of sympathy with any of the characters There were several moments where I thought Franzen would have been better off writing dialogue for the average Joe instead of the trumped up and out of place Dawson s Creek esue vocabulary in almost every human interaction His insistence on using the 25 cent word at every turn made reading the story choppy at best aggravating and unenjoyableI also couldn t help but see the author in a lot of his characters worst personality traits Annoying hipster lecher I m better than capitalism but still depend on it Chip Whiny too good for anyone Gary Ungrateful I m a bitch but reuire all your love
and attention denise the parents alfred is the attention Denise The parents Alfred is the one for whom I felt any sympathy and that didn t happen until the last dregs of the book and I think maybe even then it was a nee jerk reaction at being so close to the book being over Enid s issues rubbed me the wrong way for many reasons not the least of which being that I could see my own mother in her which means I suppose that Enid was probably the most well represented character in the novelThe secondary characters were almost entirely a sorry lot with personalities to the extreme in any number of directions too smart too stupid too needy too plain too EVERYTHINGI now that I ll never understand the praise this book received from critics and readers and I m ok with that I do wish however that I could meet some of the people who relate it so easily to real life Meeting them perhaps would truly terrify me. E vai parar na distante Lituânia país imerso nas recentes transformações capitalistas do Leste europeuPara contar essa história em ue todos procuram incessantemente corrigir os rumos ue imprimiram às próprias vidas o autor usa uma prosa ácida ue expressa o embate entre mundos inconciliáveis o universo conservador dos pais e o pragmatismo sem horizonte dos filhosMaravilhoso Tudo o ue se espera de um grande romance exceto por um motivo ele acaba The New York Times Book ReviewÀ altura de Os Buddenbrooks de Thomas Mann e Ruído branco de Don DeLillo Uma realização notável Michael Cunningha. ,
A friend once told me that Jonathan Franzen has been uoted as saying he deliberately rips off influential late century American authors such as Pynchon DeLillo and Roth but tries to make the prose less difficult easily consumedLeaving aside for a moment the irony of that statement in light of his outrage over the Oprah thing that is stupid Those authors are not great because their writing is accessible when the complexity is removedIt was when one of the main characters in The Corrections was talking to a hallucinated turd that I thought I should just put this down and take a stab at Against the Day or re read Gravity s Rainbow where a literal shit scene can actually be hilarious and fascinatingIn addition to weak pynchonian characters human and fecal this novel suffers from a lack of strict editing too many peripheral characters too many inconseuential sub sub subplots from unsympathetic characters I don t really now what the point is if everyone is horrible and always has and always will hate or be spiteful to everyone around them from an inconsistent sudden ending last chapter no one will ever change epilogue everyone changed and is now charitable of heart from an irritatingly rendered main theme we all try to CORRECT ourselves and one another but we are ultimately unable and from its own determined effort to be Epic even a glowing review I found of this book said Franzen might as well have called it American Something he compares one of the settings to the rest of the country in the first paragraph for god s sakeThe misery of aging theme was effective and I appreciated the exploration of a marriage that was bad for no complicated a reason than that the husband and wife weren t right for one another Otherwise I had no use for Franzen and his truckloads of loathing I wrote this review in 2007 and no longer recall being given this uote It s been rightly pointed out since that I shouldn t have used it without a citation and should have been skeptical about its authenticity But this book still sucks JONATHAN FRANZEN S TOP TEN RULES FOR WRITERS as given to The Guardian on 20 Feb 2010with additional commenty comments by me 1 The reader is a friend not an adversary not a spectatorHmm well maybe I can t think Hugh Selby had very friendly thoughts when he wrote his brilliant Last Exit to Brooklyn it reads like he wants to shove all of us into a landfill site and have done with the human race But uite often that s a good attitude for a writer to have Some books you walk around and poke sticks at they re designed that way some books you take your machete and hack into the meat and the filth and the hell with any bystanders getting splattered they shouldn t be bystanding so close if their fine suits mean that much to them Some books you can have round for tea with mama So I disagree with rule 1 2 Fiction that isn t an author s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn t worth writing for anything but moneyGarrison Keillor musta got a real fat wad for Lake Wobegon then Likewise Dickens I m not sure what this rule really means Maybe it s just like a tie with a drawing of a fish on it 3 Never use the word then as a conjunction we have and for this purpose Substituting then is the lazy or tone deaf writer s non solution to the problem of too many ands on the pageOkay JF okay Deep breaths put your head between your legs 4 Write in the third person unless a really distinctive first person voice offers itself irresistiblyAgreed I recently jacked in a novel because I found to my horror that it was written in the SECOND person You do this you say that Nooooooooooooo That s just wrong Only one book gets away with that which is An American Tragedy by Theodore Drieser which is uite brilliant But after that one no second person You is firedNow E Annie Proulx look away now 5 When information becomes free and universally accessible voluminous research for a novel is devalued along with itNaw I think I see what he s getting at but naw If you marshall your research well you create a world you Re Doing Good Who Was doing good Who was woman who lived in a box in England and wrote about Alaska I reviewed it too my memory is going down the drain Ah yes The Tenderness of Wolves Anyway that was pretty good So no to rule 5 6 The most purely autobiographical fiction reuires pure invention Nobody ever wrote a auto biographical story than The Meta morphosisSounds like bollocky bollocks to me Does this actually mean anything 7 You see sitting still than chasing afterAh grasshopper you have much to learn Come on JF you re a great writer don t bullshit us 8 It s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is *writing good fictionAlso wrong because these days employers can firewall all porn and * good fictionAlso wrong because these days employers can firewall all porn and and social networking sites But here they don t think of Goodreads as a social networking site so shhhh don t tell them 9 Interesting verbs are seldom very interestingHe s galumphing again 10 You have to love before you can be
relentlessThat s from a Christmas cracker i betAnyway The Corrections is one of the few books which made s from a Christmas cracker i betAnyway The Corrections is one of the few books which made want to find out what the guy wrote next which was Freedom what a crap title The Corrections has one really naff section where it turns into a stupid farce about post Soviet Lithuania and gangsters and stuff really bad Otherwise I thought it was tough tender relentless even but sadly full of interesting verbs Fail yourself Jonathan While reading The Corrections I really understood the meaning of schadenfreude because I despised almost every character in this book so much that the miserable their lives got the enjoyment I took from it And when a shotgun was introduced late in the novel I read the rest of it with my fingers crossed while muttering Please please please please please please in the hope that at least one of those pitiful shits would end up taking a load of buckshot to the faceThe Lambert s are a Midwestern family and while the grown children have all moved to Philadelphia and New York the parents have remained in St Jude The father Alfred was a workaholic middle The critics loved The Corrections Published in 2001 it won the National Book Award for fiction for that year and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize a year later It also won or was nominated for a number of other prestigious literary prizesDavid Gates wrote in his glowing review in the New York Times that the book had just enough novel of paranoia touches so Oprah won t assign it and ruin Franzen s street cred Wrong David Oprah not only chose it for her book club but went so far as to proclaim it the great American novel Franzen who recognized that his book s selection by Oprah meant that sales would sharply increase was nevertheless ambivalent about the situation because he believed that heretofore her selections had been on the schmaltzy side Conseuently when he voiced his feelings in several interviews Oprah withdrew her invitation to have him as a guest on her show And the dust cover of my hardback co. As correções narra a história dos conflitos religiosos geracionais e de costumes de uma típica família americana na última década do século XX Nos Estados Unidos dos anos 1990 nada escapa ao olhar agudo do autor a instabilidade do mercado financeiro as promessas de bem estar dos novos antidepressivos a moral religiosa da velha geração e a ausência de escrúpulos dos jovens americanosA família Lambert encarna a crise de valores da sociedade contemporânea Alfred é um engenheiro ferroviário aposentado teimoso e cheio de manias agravadas pelo mal de Parkinson recentemente diagnosticado ,
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Py does not feature her stamp of approval which had been embossed on earlier copies of the book Of course the publicity engendered by the tempest in a teapot may have had as much of a positive impact on sales as his appearance on her show would have had But perhaps he did salvage his street cred I hope soSo how is it that I would give such a heralded book two out of five stars I ll answer that but first here is another uote from David Gates review If you don t end up liking each one of Franzen s people you probably just don t like people My answer for the two stars is I didn t like any of the people I didn t like the father the mother I did feel some pity for her but I can t say I liked her the older son or especially his wife the younger son or the daughter At first I liked her but only because I didn t Mobilizing Islam know her When I did get tonow her I found her to be the most unlikable of the entire crew except for the older son s wifeIs this because in Gates words I probably just don t like people No it is because I just don t like THESE people or for that matter any of their friends or associates There was not a single person that I could pull for not one And after 568 pages I not only don t like the people I don t like the book eitherThe two stars were for the writing otherwise it would have been one and even then there were times I wasn t crazy about the writing either For example Susy Ghosh asked the table in a voice like hair in a shampoo commercial p 326 I m still trying to figure out what the hell that means An open letter to my former copy of The CorrectionsFirst I want to tell you that it isn t you it s me People and books grow apart just like people and people grow apart I remember years ago when I read you that there were certain things about you that I really liked but the truth is I just wasn t really that into you Yeah that little stunt with Oprah was pretty cute and I recall we had a laugh but I m just at that point in my life where I need to make space for new experiences open myself up to what other potentials are out there And you re BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) kinda crowding me a bitInow you asked me Where did it all go wrong I could hear your muffled whine from the trunk as I drove you with the other books to Goodwill At first I wished that I had put you at the bottom of the bag beneath the crushing weight of the duplicate copy of Shaw s works and the crap translation of Les Miserables But that s just being petty I ll answer your uestion honestly Some books like people have a character flaw Yours however is an author flaw I ve just found myself and baffled by the man who crafted you The tipping point came last week when I read Ben Marcus s piece referencing your author and that was really the final straw Don t take this that you are terrible because you re not It s just that I personally think that your author is and I don t want to live in the literary world he wishes to create Thus the breakupOver the years you ve been with me my friends have changed I now that you ve been less than happy about this I ve seen the way that you scoff at all of those Christine Brooke Rose novels on the shelf near you Across the library there are now two whole shelves of Vollmann growing to three I made it clear that none of your family will be welcome in my house so you ve been reduced to crossing your arms and pouting while I ve invited in Pynchon Joyce Gaddis Gass McElroy Marcus You started claiming that I hate you but I don t Those three stars are really three So trust me this is the best thing for both
Of Us Until You Findus Until you find new home I think you ll like it here Before leaving the Goodwill I browsed amongst their book selection and saw 27 of your identical twins here Perhaps you ll be able to pass the time with them sharing stories about how each of you was dumped And when the event the big change in your life is simply an insight isn t that a strange thing That absolutely nothing changes except that you see things differently and you re less fearful and less anxious and generally stronger as a result isn t it amazing that a completely invisible thing in your head can feel realer than anything you ve experienced before You see things clearly and you now that you re seeing them clearly And it comes to you that this is what it means to love life this is all anybody who talks seriously about God is ever talking about Moments like this The Lamberts are experiencing corrections Not economic ones like the rest of the country although money does underline everything they worry about The whole family in a myriad of ways is each on the verge of their very own uniue self destruction THE CORRECTION July 2012Facts concerning Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections Print runs of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections are believed to be the largest in recorded history Although no reliable count exists experts believe that the number of printed copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections runs into the hundreds of millions in the United States alone with perhaps than one billion copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections in existence worldwide Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections was expected to be the Next Big Thing but buyers became bored when they
Realized The Book Couldnthe book couldn be tickled like Elmo or fed like a Tamagotchi or collected like Beanie Babies The unprecedented print run as well as low sale numbers and high return rates led to overcrowding Some bookstores resorted to giving away copies for free but recipients usually passed them on to unsuspecting friends like fruitcake By 2004 it is believed that every used bookstore in the continental United States contained at least two dozen copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections on its shelves However according to rumor for every copy of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections you can see ten are hiding inside the walls or beneath the floorboards Professional ex libris terminators worry that the infestation has spread from used bookstores to private homes In fact you may have several copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections on your bookshelves RIGHT NOW and you may not even Alien Zookeeper's Abduction know it In 2006 several bookstores along the East Coast and in and around Portland OR were found to contain nothing but copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections lying in their own filth in crowded stacks and boxes Following this discovery Congress passed legislation mandating population controls for Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections According to regulations copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections may not outnumber other books that are not Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections by than 2 to 1 Thiseeps the copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections from becoming too self conscious However overcrowding persists and some bookstores have been forced to destroy entire stacks of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections to make room for books that are not Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections To escape this fate some of the clever copi. Nid é uma dona de casa comum O casal na faixa dos setenta anos vive às turras numa peuena cidade do Meio Oeste americanoOs três filhos foram para metrópoles da costa Leste a fim de se livrar da mediocridade da vida em família Na Filadélfia Gary o mais velho tornou se banueiro Deprimido e paranóico porém acaba com o próprio casamento A caçula Denise também mora na Filadélfia onde é chef de cozinha mas sua vida sexual tumultuada a faz perder o emprego Em Nova York Chip o filho do meio é um roteirista frustrado Ao se envolver com uma aluna arruína a carreira de professor universitário.