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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407465791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407465791
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,390,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and graduated from Swarthmore College. He has lived in Boston, Spain, New York, Colorado Springs and Philadelphia. His other novels are 'The Twenty-Seventh City', 'Strong Motion', and 'The Corrections'. He is also the author of 'How To Be Alone', a collection of non-fiction, and 'The Discomfort Zone', a memoir. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in the 'New Yorker' and 'Harper's', and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by 'Granta' and the 'New Yorker'. He lives in New York City.

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After almost fifty years as wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband Alfred has succumbed to Parkinson's disease and her three children are all experiencing disasters in their own lives. Desperate for something to look forward to, Enid plans to bring her family together for one last Christmas at home... The Corrections is the publishing sensation of the year, selling over half a million copies in print. Author Jonathan Franzen took over four years to complete the book and has been described as 'the new John Updike'.

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2003
Format: Paperback
Spanning the last forty years of the 20th century, this is a huge family drama focusing on the elderly parents and three grown children in a midwestern family. To label these characters as dysfunctional does not do justice to their uniquenesses or to the reader's ability to identify with them. Their difficulties as a family arise because the family dynamics require them to hurt each other if they are to be true to themselves. When Enid decides that the whole family must come home to St. Jude's for "one last family Christmas," the stage is set for an emotional family reunion which results in many "corrections."
Enid, the mother, while not assertive in a traditional sense, cleverly wields the age-old guilt ploy to get her own way. Albert, the father, suffers from Parkinson's-induced dementia and creates enormous strains on the rest of the family's emotional resources. Each of the children, now adult and living away from home, brings to the reunion the baggage of the past and the insights obtained independent of the family.
Seven years in the making, this novel is an intimate, domestic drama, smoothly incorporating themes which question who we are, what we owe our parents, how we become who we are, and where we are going. Franzen's pointed observations about contemporary life--as revealed by upscale restaurants, the "green movement," cruise ship behavior, use of the internet for fund-raising, dispensation of "happy pills," nursing homes, and even the crassness of Christmas--enliven the plot as it spirals around and through time and the lives of the five characters. Albert's decline, told in part from his point of view, is particularly heart-breaking. This book offers a stunning and intimate view of a middle-class American family, its values, and its dreams, all presented with wit, sensitivity, and power. Mary Whipple
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Paul Turner on 4 Jan 2003
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I came to the pc this Friday evening, midnight thirty, to look up more Franzen writing, having just finished The Corrections. If you are reading this, I beg you to disregard some of the downbeat reviews submitted by other readers and believe the general acclaim that has greeted this wonderful book. I rate this huge, wonderful, funny, touching, involving novel right up there with other recent great reads, from Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin to Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. It is, as intelligent reviewers have commented, so distinctive that any comparisons risk being misleading, but it's not a million miles off the mark to say that there is a whiff of Catch 22 in the author's virtuoso handling of his material. As I experienced it, this is a book, like all great novels, about the extraordinary canvas of human life. It focuses on an ageing couple - their twilight years sympathetically, sometimes hilariously, portrayed - and on the three startlingly different adults who were once there children (and whom the mother wants to reunite for one last Christmas together in the family home). Over the course of a gloriously big book that is not a page too long, Franzen interleaves the stories of his characters with a sureness of touch that reminded me of Saul Bellow and Humboldt's Gift: the narrative at any given time is so involving that you only realise when a storyline is resumed that you actually left a situation many pages back in order to focus on another situation that has completely absorbed you... Ultimately, no theme is left unresolved in this hugely rewarding modern symphony of a novel. The prose is a joy - never a need to reread a single poorly formed sentence in over 600 pages (only an urge to reread some of the most insightful and wonderfully observed paragraphs in recent fiction); the dialogue and characterisation are terrific; the themes relevant to anyone who calls himself/herself a human being. Tremendous. Do yourself a favour and read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2012
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The Corrections is a long book. Over 600 pages. Its a big book on a small scale, telling the story of a very dysfunctional American family, that has been highly praised and rewarded. The Lamberts, all five of them with two grandchildren bear the usual scars of growing up and growing apart and as the father of the family gradually declines throughout the book those scars come to the fore and those people.

Some may dismiss this as pretentious and a lot of fuss about nothing, others an absolute drag. However, I enjoyed it for the most part. It did drag and the promised humour wasn't quite as strong as I was led to believe. Yes its quite darkly funny at times, in particular when describing Chip (youngest son, totally feckless) and his decline. You don't really empathise with the characters though. Yes, they are believable and well written. But they are too flawed and almost too clichéd to really love. However, the story as a whole works and the portrait of the family is enjoyable and does leaving you drawing your own comparison.
Don't expect it to be the life changing read the critics promise. But if you are prepared for a long read then The Corrections is a good book.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was enormously impressed by this novel. Franzen has crafted a strong, deep ,tightly woven tale of a family, encompassing themes such as love,death and aging, sex, money and much more besides.
It succeeds in being both a novel of the heart and the head. There are plenty of ideas in this book but Franzen doesnt let the ideas and themes obscure the characters in the book, of which there are several, all realised in clear detail. Apparently the author wrote parts of this novel in the dark to avoid cliche and if so his technique certainly worked. The writing is witty, loaded with insights into our routine and habits: in short the way we live our lives.
Franzen tackles a variety of subjects with aplomb. He can be humorous, touching, sexy, informative, sad, farcical, but is always, always, honest. And, as he gropes around the edges of the story, riffing on the things that interest and intrigue him, he always reins evrything in for the greater good of the structure of the novel.
A book which,like so much good literature, shows you the way the world works, in a way you always knew but never realised you really did until you were told.
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