The Corrections

The Corrections

Book - 2001
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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 of 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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperFlamingo Canada, 2001
ISBN: 9780006393092
Branch Call Number: FRA
Characteristics: 567 p. ; 24 cm

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Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he begins to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson's disease. Trouble is also brewing in the lives of Enid's children.(NoveListPlus)


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keithpoc
May 30, 2019

I read Freedom prior to the Corrections. While I think Freedom is a more fully realized novel, the Corrections stands in its own right as a "Great American Novel." Many comments state the novel is "depressing," well, isn't life? As George Carlin once said, death, destruction, poverty, and the ice capades?! The strength of this work lie within the family dynamic of the five main characters: father, mother, two sons and a daughter. Their backstories are critical to understanding what the "Corrections" partially symbolically represents: the minute adjustments we make of our personality to distance ourselves from our parents whom we cynically judge.

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MS_Varnado
Jan 12, 2019

A truly great and deeply disturbing novel, one of few to tackle the topic of the American family with such unhesitating honesty. Franzen's work is profoundly psychological as well as social, leaving no stone unturned in its characters' disordered lives. Some of the extended gags can make for slow and clunky reading, but when the novel gets serious it can be difficult to look away.

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erinsnest
Mar 15, 2018

March 2018.......This is a book from my shelves in the basement. (An old library discard).....I kind of hated this at the beginning, (just depressing), then it jumped, and got more interesting, then, jumped again and got depressing again. In some places, it hit too close to home.....aging mother/father, losing their independence, becoming childlike, something I am dealing with at the moment, (along with all the physical stuff and junk that goes with that!) I ended up slightly liking it, but not nearly enough to keep. I found the writing a bit tough to get through at some points.....maybe that's just me?.......Off to the second hand store it goes!

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myrtleturtle06
Nov 02, 2017

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Leslie Hankins
Aug 30, 2017

Characters are interesting, book is well written (if tedious to read), and I learned some new words. But overall the story was far too depressing. Just about every story line was depressing.

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theamazingandy
Jun 26, 2017

I think this is my favorite book of all time. Finishing it was like getting punched in the stomach, but in a good way. It was so beautiful and touching and relevant and human I cried through the last pages. Not because it was SAD! Well, the father's decline was somewhat sad, but because it is LIFE. A pure, uncut hit of the joy and sadness that make living what it is. I could go on all day but I have to go to work lol.

DBRL_IdaF May 05, 2017

Late in life, Enid Lambert comes to a realization: “What you discovered about yourself in raising children wasn’t always agreeable or attractive.” Still, Enid dreams of one last family Christmas with her three grown children before her husband Alfred’s health declines too much. Their kids’ lives are falling apart in various ways, and Enid’s campaign to bring them together reveals the weaknesses and the strengths of their family ties. There are power struggles galore, but also acts of incredible love and self-sacrifice, which gives them a lot in common with many real-life families.

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ATGM
Sep 08, 2016

Compelling but unpleasant. I read the start, skimmed about a bit and read the end for closure.

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santiano9
Jan 01, 2016

Uninteresting...could not muster empathy for any of the characters. Did not make it past page 50.

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jimtony84
Oct 03, 2015

Never felt invited to be involved in people's lives; just an observer of other people's discomfort

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sky123
Mar 01, 2018

She had fashioned images all her life and she'd never appreciated their mystery. Now here it was. All this commerce in bits and bytes, these ones and zeros streaming through servers at some midwestern university. So much evident trafficking in so much evident nothing. A population glued to screens and magazines.
She wondered: How could people respond to these images if images didn't secretly enjoy the same status as real things? Not that images were so powerful, but that the world was so weak. p326

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