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The Corrections

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A well observed novel about an American family. We follow each family member’s story and are given a great insight in to modern day America through each one's story and how they need to change their lives. A very clever, intelligent novel that put Franzen up in the big league of writers. Well worth a read.

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Synopsis

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The winner of the National Book Award, the New York Times No.1 Bestseller and the worldwide literary sensation, 'The Corrections' has established itself as a truly great American novel. The Lamberts -- Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children -- are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is ill and as his condition worsens the whole family must face the failures, secrets and long-buried hurts that haunt them if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs.

Stretching from the Midwest in the mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of globalised greed, The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires. It confirms Jonathan Franzen's position as one of the most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul currently at work.

Reviews

`A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question: what is life for? And that is as much as anyone could ask
Guardian

`Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture
Don DeLillo

'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner'
Zadie Smith

'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike and Roth.'
Evening Standard

`A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch
Financial Times

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and is the author of three novels – The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) – a collection of essays, How to Be Alone (2002), a memoir, The Discomfort Zone (2006) and a translation of Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind (2007). His honours include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for the New Yorker, and lives in New York City.

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Publication date

2nd July 2007

Author

Jonathan Franzen

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
672 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007232444

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