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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2001
The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives.
The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing specatcularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man - or so her mother fears.
Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
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 Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
©2010 Jonathan Franzen (P)2010 Simon and Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Fantastic novel by Franzen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. The story is great, and the narrator does a fantastic job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Gary because he is a train-wreck.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Guidall was the perfect voice for this performance. I can't stress this enough. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job with this material.

If you could rename The Corrections, what would you call it?

The Dysfunctional Railroad

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of great narratives and great narration, then this is the audiobook for you. I recommend it highly. This is my third Franzen book, and all of them are phenomenal. I can't decide which one I like best. If you like great literature, download this one today.

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5 out of 5 stars
By greg on 01-05-12

Contemporary Literature at it's best

Franzen and Guidall are a perfect formula for a successful literary novel. The Lambert family is so funny, sad, hopeful and disastrous that I was unaware that all the 568 pages had passed me by. Franzen's gift for allowing characters to drift, grow and develop their self awareness have made me a devotee of all his work so far.

Definitely recommended as worth your time and credit.

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19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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