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- Listening Length: 9 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Sept. 2001
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQB0GM
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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
It caught my eye a few months back (it winked at me as I passed the shelf!) so I thought I'd give it another go. This time, and I really don't know why, I was completely drawn in. Once I started I couldn't put it down. Its the most wonderful beautifully well written story of an 'average-ish' family and their relationships with each other. There are moments in it that made me incredibly sad and others that made me laugh out loud. There are parts that remind me a lot of my family 'set up' (not all the way through - but there are glimpses that I think a lot of us can identify with). It really captures how the family dynamic changes as we age and how we deal with the mistakes (and choices) we make in our life. The characters just grow and grow as the book progresses and after I'd finished I sat quietly for a very long time digesting it and its impact on me. I discussed it with family and friends : I wanted to know how they would feel if, in a few years, they/we ended up like Alfred and Enid. I do rather love books like this. Ones that stay with you for a long while after you've finished them.
So yes, 9 years or so had lapsed since I first picked the book up and an awful lot had change in 'my' life in that time. Maybe second time round I really was more in tune with it. Whatever it was I completely loved it. Its brilliantly written and I know I will definitely read it again at some point. Maybe when I'm Alfred's age just to see what effect if has on me then. So for those that pick it up and struggle to start with it put it down for a while and try again after a few years. It'll be worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was offered as a free book by Amazon but in my attempts to get in onto my Kindle I was charged for it and then had it deleted from my account. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't get on with this book, I will keep it though and try it again some time in the future.Published 2 days ago by greenfingeredgardener
The best thing about The Corrections is the characterisation of Lambert family - the pettiness and foibles and their unending dissatisfaction with each other. Read morePublished 8 days ago by KymH
I have never abandoned a book half way through (yes, I made it to 50%!) but just couldn't stand another page of this. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Book Worm
A difficult book to tackle but well worth the effort. Maybe more of a man's book, some harsh language but tackling some brutal realities and adult themes of family life.Published 12 days ago by Louise Jones
Both heart breaking in its realism and laugh out loudly funny as it explores the mysteries of family laugh and how it shapes the constituent individuals. Highly recommend.Published 13 days ago by Alison Offerdal
I accept that I may be in the minority but I really do not know what the author was trying to achieve with this book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by CH new kindle owner
This book was recommended to me by Amazon. So taking advantage of an offer I purchased and downloaded it to my Kindle. Read morePublished 16 days ago by L. Sears