- Taschenbuch: 601 Seiten
- Verlag: Picador (16. September 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312984294
- ISBN-13: 978-0312984298
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 10,8 x 17,8 cm
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Jonathan Franzen's exhilarating novel The Corrections tells a spellbinding story with sexy comic brio, and evokes a quirky family akin to Anne Tyler's, only bitter. Franzen's great at describing Christmas homecomings gone awry, cruise-ship follies, self-deluded academics, breast-obsessed screenwriters, stodgy old farts and edgy Tribeca bohemians equally at sea in their lives, and the mad, bad, dangerous worlds of the Internet boom and the fissioning post-Soviet East.
All five members of the Lambert family get their due, as everybody's lives swirl out of control. Paterfamilias Alfred is slipping into dementia, even as one of his inventions inspires a pharmaceutical giant to revolutionize treatment of his disease. His stubborn wife, Enid, specializes in denial; so do their kids, each in an idiosyncratic way. Their hepcat son, Chip, lost a college sinecure by seducing a student, and his new career as a screenwriter is in peril. Chip's sister, Denise, is a chic chef perpetually in hot water, romantically speaking; banker brother Gary wonders if his stifling marriage is driving him nuts. We inhabit these troubled minds in turn, sinking into sorrow punctuated by laughter, reveling in Franzen's satirical eye:
Gary in recent years had observed, with plate tectonically cumulative anxiety, that population was continuing to flow out of the Midwest and toward the cooler coasts.... Gary wished that all further migration [could] be banned and all Midwesterners encouraged to revert to eating pasty foods and wearing dowdy clothes and playing board games, in order that a strategic national reserve of cluelessness might be maintained, a wilderness of taste which would enable people of privilege, like himself, to feel extremely civilized in perpetuity.Franzen is funny and on the money. This book puts him on the literary map. --Tim Appelo -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
'A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question, what life is for -- and that is as much as anyone could ask.' Blake Morrison, GUARDIAN'For anyone who has ever found themselves guiltily yearning for an Anne Tyler while in the middle of an Updike or Wolfe. The Lamberts are utterly believable, and once they have all told their stories you can't help but sympathise with them. Be prepared to be moved.' Laurence Phelan, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike & Roth. That's why there is so much excitement about it.' David Sexton, 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.' Jeremy Treglowen, FINANCIAL TIMES'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner.' Zadie Smith, GUARDIAN Books of the Year'The Corrections is a wonderful book. Every page simmers with wit, close observation and intelligence. Franzen has delivered as wounding and thoughtful an indictment of contemporary existence as it is possible to make.' John Burnside, SCOTSMAN'As good as anything I've ever read.' Rachel Cusk, DAILY TELGRAPH Books of the Year -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
I can think of no other way to describe this thing.
I really, really despised almost everything about The Corrections. I finished it solely so that I could write a horrible review and have it be valid.
At no single point before the last 10 pages of this 566-page monster did I feel a shred of sympathy with any of the characters. There were several moments where I thought Franzen would have been better off writing dialogue-for-the-average-Joe instead of the
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