Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Frazen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
Starred Review, Booklist
"When critics refer to 'The Great American Novel' this is it, people!" (Oprah Winfrey)
"The brightest, boldest, and most ambitious novel I've read in many years." (Pat Conroy)
"This is, simply, a masterpiece." ( Amazon.com)
Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Corrections
- Just wondering
Excellent livre audio
Un livre cruel et drôle, extrêmement bien écrit. L'auteur déploie une
imagerie complètement déjantée mais hyper efficace au service d'un
portrait de famille sans complaisance.
- Charles Elmore
A memorable book; flawless narration
For once the publisher's summary has got it right. The broad character sketches and plot synopses that it offers are dead on, and without a doubt Jonathan Franzen has written a brilliant novel. I would also like to add, as many others have mentioned, that Dylan Baker, the narrator of this piece, is one of the best narrators I've heard so far. He truly adds a depth to these characters that is astonishing; he literally becomes each character.
The Corrections follows the lives of five family members, each with their own unique problems. All of these characters are fully developed and none are stereotypes -- each character is a decidedly different shade of gray. And despite the summary's emphasis on Enid, the wife and mother, of the novel's five characters, I would have to say that the story most belongs to Denise, the daughter, whose eyes seem to see more clearly than anyone else's here.
I cannot say when I first became hooked into this story, which is actually a collection of character vignettes that crisscross over one another before finally uniting in the last few chapters; but I know I surrendered early on. At nine hours this book is a saga that only gets more interesting the longer you read it. As some have mentioned, the characters do tend to do hateful things to each another, and one could classify this book as depressing in tone; yet somehow one doesn't feel depressed while reading it, only uplifted. The Corrections is a fascinating, insightful, and satisfying book that leaves you thinking about it long after you've put it down.
25 personnes ont trouvé cela utile
Wonderful study of growing old
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hilarious and deeply moving, you find yourself alternately laughing at, abhoring, hating, and loving each disfunctional person in this family as the author digs deeper and deeper into their past and present states of mind. and just for a thoughtful look into the mind of old age and how parkinsons might be like, it's worth it. You think that this author is never going to be able to rescue these people in my mind. But he does. They do redeem themselves, if only in becoming human enough, in spite of all their failings, they do something kind. And I love them for it. It's everything I like in a book. Highly recommend it.
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- A. Compton
I L-O-V-E this book!
Coming from a completely dysfunctional family myself it was so refreshing to read this book. There was no pat ending, no great epiphany that suddenly made all the characters become different people, no redemption, and no deliverance. Just a bunch a crazy people (and aren't we all) trying to wrench a little fun and a little excitement from their lives before they die. Its wonderful and funny and sad and very realistic. I thought it was terrific. I wish audible was set up for recomendations, i.e. if you enjoyed X, you might also enjoy Y. I would love something else along these same lines.
16 personnes ont trouvé cela utile
This was one of the most skillfully done abridgments I've come across - no sense at all that vital material was being left out. Unfortunately the narration was only adequate. Some of the voices were good, others not quite there. As has been pointed out, this is a depressing book, but there are passages of astounding literary brilliance. Often made me think of Roth and Bellow.
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- T. C. Pile
I missed this book when it came out, but after listening to and being awed by Freedom, I had to go back and get this one. Every bit as incisive, true, and gut-wrenching as the newer book, but I realized halfway through that I had downloaded the abridged version by mistake.
There is nothing to gain from gutting a masterful work of fiction for the purpose of convenience, it that's the reason why books get abridged. As I finished the book, I had a feeling like I missed something, and the experience did not ring true.
While I now have to go back and get the unabridged version to find out what I missed, I can still unequivocally give this book a 4 star rating, because the power of the writing and the insight came through loud and clear, even if incomplete.
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- Kris Seale
Hard to take, but worth it.
At first, you are not going to know if you can make it through this book. Then you will have an epiphany, and that epiphany is that the characters are real...not "fiction" novel real, but everyday average home, average family real. Their problems are identifiable and so close to the surface you realize that this is why it's so hard to listen to this book. The narrator does a good job at giving you the feelings you are meant to feel as well. He is not overly charismatic as what is called for in this read. This book is deeper than the story. You will definitely self-reflect.
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Unique and spellbinding
Jonathan Franzen writes like nobody else. It's hard to describe this book so I'll just say you've never read anything like it. His writing style is fluid and exquisite. He describes things in a way that makes you feel you're inside the characters minds and reminds you of things you remembered to forget, or forgot to remember. Either way his use of description and the English language left me in awe and Dylan bakers narrration is an equal match. I highly recommend this book.
4 personnes ont trouvé cela utile
I expected something totally different,however, I was entertained and did not want to stop listening until the book ended. This is the first book I have listened to on audible. I liked the descriptive content that gave you a great idea of the story. I was able to follow along with the voice that changed with the characters.
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An interesting book with interesting people.....
But hey, I enjoy reading about messed up folks who only get their head above water long enough to choke down some sea weed. If you like this book go read Choke by Chuck Palahniuk....There's some interestingly neurotic characters in his books as well. The entertainment value of some people's daily struggle is highly under-rated.
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- Alan J
Finished this book 3 weeks ago and have since listened to two other audio books, but the words of Franzens' characters continue replaying in my head (perhaps this is partly attributable to the narrator's superb performance. Some books I can't wait to finish, but when this one ended I wanted more.
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Es könnte alles so schön sein. Die Familie Lambert besitzt alles, was man zu einem glücklichen Leben braucht. Keiner muß Hunger leiden, sie alle haben ihr Schicksal selber in der Hand. Und doch ist es wie in vielen Familien. Irgendwie, irgendwo ist was schiefgelaufen. Die Krankheit des Vaters, Parkinson, ist fast ein Synonym für die gesamte Familie. Sie wird durchgeschüttelt, ist dabei so mit sich beschäftigt, daß man nicht unbedingt davon ausgehen darf, daß sie dabei wachgerüttelt werden wird. Wie Jonathan Franzen mit viel Humor von der Tragik der bürgerlichen Familie erzählt, dabei rechts und links auf unsere Gesellschaft blickt, ist wunderbar leicht, lesenswert. Er versinkt nicht in die Versuchung eines Familienschmökers, sein Blick auf die Figuren ist schonungslos. Er verzeiht ihnen trotzdem, aber ob sie mit sich selbst Nachsicht verüben werden, das wird sich im Verlauf der Geschichte zeigen müssen. Wall Street, Internet, Osteuropa und die familiy values, die Hoffnung der Mutter, die Familie zu Weihnachten Zuhause um sich zu versammeln, die Gegenwart ist in diesem Roman fest verankert. Sie träumen alle auf ihre eigene Art. Und nicht nur sie müssen sich fragen lassen, warum alles so schwierig ist. Ein umfangreicher Roman voller poetischer Stellen, bizarren Momenten und selbst die Liebe fehlt nicht. So glaubt man halt mit ein paar Korrekturen bestens zurechtzukommen.
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Im Vergleich zu "Freiheit" von Franzen, ein Roman, der Potential hat ein Klassiker der Literaturgeschichte zu werden (siehe meine Rezension an betreffender Stelle), finde ich sein hochgelobtes Erstlingswerk schwach. Der Adlerblick noch in der Entwicklungsphase, auch der Schreibstil noch ungeschliffen, das Weiterlesen eher mühsam meines Empfindens nach. Die Figuren haben Potential zur Weiterentwicklung, bleiben allerdings in diesem Werk "flat characters". Liest man dieses Werk zuerst, entsteht sicherlich ein anderer Eindruck, folgt die Lektüre allerdings auf den Lesegenuss von FREEDOM, kann man meines Erachtens nur enttäuscht werden.