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But why is it that, each time I put the book down after being reasonably absorbed, I felt a bad taste in my mouth?

My engagement present to F. If you answer “yes” to any of the above queries, you would probably be able to recognize a part of your Have you ever… had a dysfunctional relationship with your parents?

This was a very fine novel.

And you know, if Franzen wanted to jonayhan how Americans abuse their jonatthan and political freedoms, I’m not sure why he chose such a blandly familiar cycle of jerks-hurting-jerks to express jonathsn potentially interesting theme. And you quickly find that you not only start to wish the characters thorough unhappiness, but further, you actually long for some kind horrible nuclear disaster to clear the slate so that Franzen can just start over with an entirely new cast midway through the novel.

ByRichard, in middle-age, has finally found success as a minor indie rock star. Shamelessly conventional, both in style especially in style and subject.

And just to give them a touch of cool in their suburban existence, Patty and Walter are old friends with Richard Katz, a womanizing musician who has just gained mainstream popularity.

He describes its “liberal disagreeability” when it comes into contact with other classes or sub-classes.

His prose rarely flies like theirs. His later shenanigans at college are fun to follow in their outrageousness, including a corrupt military procurement scheme and crass manipulations to bed the most wealthy and beautiful woman he can find while keeping his childhood girlfriend on the hook.


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Here’s the thing about this book: View all 18 comments. Retrieved 11 November Lee Ann Johnson marked it as to-read Jan 14, The mother is a woman who married the wrong guy and looks for the missing fulfillment: It is painfully true.

So is it War and Peace? Walter With A Vag aka Jessica: View all 29 comments. She eventually betrays Walter in a brief affair with Richard, during a stay at the Berglunds’ vacation house located next to jonaghan unnamed lake in Minnesota.

I admit that it can be difficult for me to appreciate the kind of undiluted realism that Franzen favors, because so much konathan what I value in art is tied into one form of defamiliarization or another.

As such, I contend that Freedom is lx. The point of no return for me was right around when the author intimates that everyone secretly enjoys the smell of their own flatulence.

He writes sentences as readable as the most digestible best-seller, but good.

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I also liked how he alternated among his four point-of-view characters. I don’t think I’m asking for anything eggstravagant. EvaEden marked it as to-read Aug 25, Simply putting a mirror up to the world can be interesting, even enlightening, but it rarely stirs my blood or makes me feel anything beyond purely intellectual admiration.

Joey spends a Thanksgiving at his roommate Jonathan’s family in the D. Or, perhaps, given Franzen’s fixation on familial resentment, a better metaphor might be your cranky uncle kvetching eloquently about your bratty cousins. And like many of the great 19th century novels that it resembles it is also didactic: View all 40 comments. View all 34 comments. The novel “chronicles the struggling marriage of Walter and Patty, a Mid-Western, middle-class couple, interlaced with painfully accurate observations on the travails of family life — incompatible siblings, unruly offspring, inadequate parents and, in its bleakest moments, the slow collective march towards death.


New York Daily News. There is no school for parenting. Franzen’s Wikipedia article has a quotation from him at that time, in which he explains that he didn’t want people thinking The Corrections was a women’s book jonatgan “people” I mean men, of course and therefore not reading it. But at its heart this book is an inquiry into the nature of freedom, how it is exercised and the consequences thereof.

To celebrate, Lalitha convinces Walter to drink beer, breaking his lifelong teetotalism. Most of all, what has happened to Patty? The cover of many editions of the novel includes a cerulean warblera songbird, for which Walter works to create an environmental preserve. All the real things, the authentic things, the honest things, are dying off. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door?

The portion about another character, Katz, started, and I realized that the tone of the first pages was just a partial act. This vain, self-absorbed l is almost as bad as that found on any reality show. Joey, libetad has decided not to blow the whistle on the government contract libertzd just give away the money to charity, donates a large sum to the cause. View all 3 comments. I looked too earnestly for things I didn’t like. Among the obsessive reviewers here, he who is without sin, please go ahead and cast the first stone.

After her father died, the family quarreled over his estate; she visited each of her siblings to negotiate a compromise.