Author Topic: The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen  (Read 1461 times)

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The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:49:05 AM »
Anyone read this?  I've had it for years and read it ages ago (and liked it a lot) and I've been rereading random sections as I recover from a cold.  It has some interesting sections on materialism and capitalism, among other things.

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Re: The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 01:26:41 PM »
That looks like a dark, heavy read. Is it as painful as its Goodreads summary makes it seem?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3805

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Re: The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 05:15:22 PM »
That looks like a dark, heavy read. Is it as painful as its Goodreads summary makes it seem?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3805

I thought it was hilarious and interesting.  If I'd read that summary though, I wouldn't have had any interest in reading it.  It sounds depressing.  And it reveals too much - like one of those long trailers they show for movies that make you think there's no reason to see the move 'cause you already know what's going to happen. 

There are painful moments to be sure, but they are cushioned by non-painful moments and a lot of funny stuff.

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Re: The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 09:40:40 PM »
I read it quite a while ago.  There are definitely some difficult parts that will knock your sense of alignment off kilter, probably because they hit too close to home.  I vaguely recall something about a father losing their mind (ultimately around defecating) and a brother-in-law that throws himself much too deeply into things like grilling.  Won't personally re-read it to give you a more accurate representation, but I'm glad I read it once through, although much of it was depressing.