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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Corrections (Taschenbuch)
I can't believe what I read in the other reviews "Not a single character I even remotely liked" "are there no normal Americans?"
Well, whether you find a character likeable or not does NOT say anything about a literary work's artistic quality. Otherwise, The best books would be those that contain only perfectly friendly, likeable, "normal", and unspeakably dull people. (Apart from that, I found all of the characters in the book likeable in their own quirky way - they all have their issues and their faults, but that's HUMAN!)
Franzen evidently knows his psychology, he has the gift of bringing literary characters to life and he knows how to use them for a thorough analytical look at turn-of the-21st-century-America.
As for having to read sentences twice to understand them: that, too is something that Franzen uses with great artistry as a stylistic device: many things in life you will have to look at twice to see their beauty and their truth. Many things that you can understand at the fist look are not worth looking at. If you want to know what I mean, lay The Corrections next to Der Zauberberg and take a good long look.
All in all, I must say that I could not put The Corrections down from the moment I'd read the first page and I was sad to have come to the end of it after 600 pages; I would have liked it to be twice as long. I was (and am) dying to know how Enid, Gary, chip and Denise will go on with their lives.