Enid e Alfred Lambert, in una città del Midwest americano, trascinano le giornate accumulando oggetti, ricordi, delusioni e frustrazioni del loro matrimonio: l'uno in preda ai sintomi di un Parkinson che preferisce ignorare, l'altra con il desiderio, ormai diventato scopo di vita, di radunare per un «ultimo» Natale i tre figli allevati secondo le regole e i valori dell'America del dopoguerra, attenti a «correggere» ogni deviazione dal «giusto». Ma i figli se ne sono andati sulla costa: Gary, dirigente di banca, vittima di una depressione strisciante e di una moglie infantile; Chip che ha perso il posto all'università per «comportamento sessuale scorretto»; infine Denise, chef di successo che conduce una vita privata discutibile secondo i Lambert.
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4/19/17 update: I appreciate that so many people have "liked" this review and/or commented on it, whether we agree or not. Please know that I will not be interacting with any comments as I remember almost nothing about this novel other than the repulsion I felt toward it. I cannot add anything worth Leggi tutto
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My first Franzen. Really I don't even know how to start this review. I could begin, I suppose, by discussing the pure perfection of his writing. It is REALLY DAMN GOOD. If I could break reviews down into little sections, he'd get 10 stars for his style/technique. Excellent. On the other hand, I can' Leggi tutto
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Franzen’s writing is impeccable. Not only does his understanding of complex, familial relationships fascinate me, but his ability to capture these characters—all five of them, I might add—with such depth...I think that is what really drew me in as a reader. I mean, these are people who are so flawed Leggi tutto
An open letter to my former copy of The Corrections: First I want to tell you that it isn’t you, it’s me. People and books grow apart just like people and people grow apart. I remember years ago when I read you that there were certain things about you that I really liked; but the truth is, I just Leggi tutto
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I love this novel as much for what it turned out that it wasn’t as for what it actually was. The opening vignette was a deep dive into the subterranean conflicts of a middle class home in Middle America. We're immediately focused on the agony and resentment of the emasculated American male wrought b Leggi tutto
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