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Dysfunctional Family Portrait,
This review is from: The Corrections (Paperback)
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.