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De este meticuloso retrato de los Lambert emergen de forma brillante y profundamente humana las angustias y contradicciones de toda una sociedad la norteamericana y de una época la última década del siglo XX Alfred Lambert es un ingeniero de ferrocarril jubilado cuya percepción de la realidad empieza a resuebrajarse a causa de la enfermedad de Parkinson Su esposa Enid tras cincuenta años de matrimonio sigue obsesionada con mantener el orden en su enorme casa de un próspero barrio residencial Los tres hijos se establecieron en la costa Este años atrás lejos del hogar familiar El mayor Gary es un alto ejecutivo bancario un modélico padr. July 2012Facts concerning Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections Print runs of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections are believed to be the largest in recorded history Although no reliable count exists experts believe that the number of printed copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections runs into the hundreds of millions in the United States alone with perhaps than one billion copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections in existence worldwide Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections was expected to be the Next Big Thing but buyers became bored when they realized the book couldn t be tickled like Elmo or fed like a Tamagotchi or collected like Beanie Babies The unprecedented print run as well as low sale numbers and high return rates led to overcrowding Some bookstores resorted to giving away copies for free but recipients usually passed them on to unsuspecting friends like fruitcake By 2004 it is believed that every used bookstore in the continental United States contained at least two dozen copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections on its shelves However according to rumor for every copy of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections you can see ten are hiding inside the walls or beneath the floorboards Professional ex libris terminators worry that the infestation has spread from used bookstores to private homes In fact you may have several copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections on your bookshelves RIGHT NOW and you may not even know it In 2006 several bookstores along the East Coast and in and around Portland OR were found to contain nothing but copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections lying in their own filth in crowded stacks and boxes Following this discovery Congress passed legislation mandating population controls for Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections According to regulations copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections may not outnumber other books that are not Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections by than 2 to 1 This keeps the copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections from becoming too self conscious However overcrowding persists and some bookstores have been forced to destroy entire stacks of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections to make room for books that are not Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections To escape this fate some of the clever copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections have taken to disguising themselves as books in Tim LaHaye s and Jerry B Jenkins Left Behind series Few manage to find good homes Some bolder braver copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections occasionally venture forth into the Ts to hide among Tolstoy and Trollope but are usually ambushed by gangs of Edith Wharton novels and never seen again Sadly due to gridlock in the current session of Congress no action has been taken lately causing tens of millions of copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections to be rounded up and destroyed in the last two years Although the world of books has developed many religious beliefs regarding what will happen in the after livre Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections remains firmly agnostic This is just as well since all pulped and recycled copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections are eventually reincarnated as copies of Jonathan Franzen s novel Freedom A friend gave me Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections a few years ago hers had had a litter of baby Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections free to a good home and I ve had it burrowed in the shelves ever since Finally took steps to get rid of the infestation but I decided to read it first And now it s time to put Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections out of its misery Its characters range from dull to awful the story takes way too long to go nowhere and yet the writing the goddamn writing is damn fucking good Jonathan Franzen can craft a delicious sentence I ll grant him that But I had little desire to read this book and I have no desire to read his others so I m going to box up this copy of Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections drop it at the back door of the nearest thrift store and run like hell Goodbye little Jonathan Franzen s novel The Corrections I hope you find a good homeNow if you ll excuse me Edith Wharton awaits

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Para pasar una última Navidad juntosTercera novela de Jonathan Franzen Las correcciones editada por primera vez en castellano en 2002 marcó un punto de inflexión en la trayectoria de su autor y lo consagró como uno de los más destacados escritores norteamericanos contemporáneos y uno de los más finos intérpretes de la compleja realidad de nuestra época Con esta historia inmisericorde de una típica familia norteamericana Franzen obtuvo el National Book Award y el Premio James Tait Black Memorial fue finalista de los premios Pulitzer y PenFaulkner vendió cuatro millones de ejemplares y su éxito alcanzó una dimensión internacional. An open letter to my former copy of The CorrectionsFirst 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 wasn t really that into you Yeah that little stunt with Oprah was pretty cute and I recall we had a laugh but I m just at that point in my life where I need to make space for new experiences open myself up to what other potentials are out there And you re kinda crowding me a bitI know you asked me Where did it all go wrong I could hear your muffled whine from the trunk as I drove you with the other books to Goodwill At first I wished that I had put you at the bottom of the bag beneath the crushing weight of the duplicate copy of Shaw s works and the crap translation of Les Miserables But that s just being petty I ll answer your uestion honestly Some books like people have a character flaw Yours however is an author flaw I ve just found myself and baffled by the man who crafted you The tipping point came last week when I read Ben Marcus s piece referencing your author and that was really the final straw Don t take this that you are terrible because you re not It s just that I personally think that your author is and I don t want to live in the literary world he wishes to create Thus the breakupOver the years you ve been with me my friends have changed I know that you ve been less than happy about this I ve seen the way that you scoff at all of those Christine Brooke Rose novels on the shelf near you Across the library there are now two whole shelves of Vollmann growing to three I made it clear that none of your family will be welcome in my house so you ve been reduced to crossing your arms and pouting while I ve invited in Pynchon Joyce Gaddis Gass McElroy Marcus You started claiming that I hate you but I don t Those three stars are really three So trust me this is the best thing for both of us Until you find a new home I think you ll like it here Before leaving the Goodwill I browsed amongst their book selection and saw 27 of your identical twins here Perhaps you ll be able to pass the time with them sharing stories about how each of you was dumped

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E de familia acosado por el fantasma de la depresión Chip el segundo tras su fracaso en el mundo académico se ha enfrascado en un nuevo proyecto de dudosa legalidad Y Denise la menor extremadamente competitiva triunfa como chef de un restaurante de moda pero sufre los reveses de una vida sentimental inestable En el país la realidad económica corrige las expectativas sobrevaloradas del mercado bursátil mientras los medicamentos más avanzados corrigen los trastornos del ánimo Pero en el ámbito de la familia ¿pueden los hijos corregir los errores de sus padres Y en un orden de cosas más concreto ¿logrará Enid reunir a todos sus hijos. And when the event the big change in your life is simply an insight isn t that a strange thing That absolutely nothing changes except that you see things differently and you re less fearful and less anxious and generally stronger as a result isn t it amazing that a completely invisible thing in your head can feel realer than anything you ve experienced before You see things clearly and you know that you re seeing them clearly And it comes to you that this is what it means to love life this is all anybody who talks seriously about God is ever talking about Moments like this The Lamberts are experiencing corrections Not economic ones like the rest of the country although money does underline everything they worry about The whole family in a myriad of ways is each on the verge of their very own uniue self destruction THE CORRECTION when it finally came was not an overnight bursting of a bubble but a much gentle let down a year long leakage of value from key financial markets a contraction too gradual to generate headlines and too predictable to seriously hurt anybody but fools and the working poor There may be big events that finally shove us forward backwards or sideways but in the aftermath most of us can find with some self evaluation that the crash in our lives was preceded by a series of miniature inadvisable decisions Sometimes we have to crash to correctAlfred is the father a Kansan who believed in hard work and honest labor He has always been moody self contained in many ways unknowable At the age of 75 he has come down with Parkinson s and is uickly becoming a burden impossible to bear for his wife Enid and his kids He has trouble controlling his bowels and this manifests itself in an almost comic if it weren t so tragic series of delusions of talking turds pursuing him relentlessly through the corridors of his own mind He was an amateur chemist and made an important discovery that for unknowable reasons it will be revealed later in the book refuses to fight for his rights to be richly rewarded It drives his oldest son Gary nuts Gary didn t know which version of Alfred made him angrier the spiteful old tyrant who d made a brilliant discovery in the basement and cheated himself out of a fortune or the clueless basement amateur who d unwittingly replicated the work of real chemists spent scarce family money to file and maintain a vaguely worded patent and was now being tossed a scrap from the table Both versions incensed himI admit there are several moments when I too felt the urge to strangle Alfred He is from a generation and geography where a man makes decisions and never feels the need to explain himself He doesn t care how angry or upset you are Tears nor threats will move him to give you the reasons that led him to his decisions Gary is an investment banker in Philadelphia He has a beautiful wife named Caroline and three sons He is fighting with his wife regularly than normal and she insists that he is clinically depressed He believes and is not just paranoid about this issue that his wife is manipulating events behind his back subtly turning his sons against him She denies everything concedes nothing He finds her in pain from her back and realizes as angry as he is That her face was beautiful and that the agony in it was mistakable for ecstasy that the sight of her doubled over and mud spattered and red cheeked and vanuished and wild haired on the Persian rug turned him on that some part of him believed her denials and was full of tenderness for her only deepened his feeling of betrayal He has a haughty disdain for nearly everyone He talks down to his mother He is furious and almost unhinged with his father He is dismissive of his siblings His lust for his wife is inspired as much by his desire to try and control her as it is about physical contact Her fights with him heightens all kinds of feelings of desire He is almost snobbishly gleeful in his fidelity to her but as he revels in his superiority there are also other issues knocking around in his head It occurred to Gary as the young estate planner leaned into him to let a raft of sweltering humanity leave the elevator as she pressed her hennaed head against his ribs intimately than seemed strictly necessary that another reason he d remained faithful to Caroline through twenty years of marriage was his steadily growing aversion to physical contact with other human beings Certainly he was in love with fidelity certainly he got an erotic kick out of adhering to principle but somewhere between his brain and his balls a wire was also perhaps coming loose because when he mentally undressed and violated this little redhaired girl his main thought was how stuffy and undisinfected he would find the site of his infidelity a coliform bacterial supply closet a Courtyard Marriott with dried semen on the walls and bedspreads each site over warm and underventilated and suggestive of genital warts and chlamydia in its own unpleasant way and what a struggle it would be to breath how smothering her flesh how sualid and foredoomed his efforts not to condescend So really he is faithful because it is unhygienic to cheat Chip is the middle child a teacher at a college when we first meet him He involves himself with a student who pursued him relentless not so much out of sexual attractiveness but that she needed his help on a paper for another class Classic barter system that unfortunately for Chip is discovered After he is fired he writes a breast obsessed first draft of a screenplay called The Academy Purple It is really horrible He loses yet another girlfriend Julia who s boss decides that she needs to upgrade boyfriends Julia has a husband from Lithuanian who needs someone with Chip s skills With zero prospects in NY Chip decides to fly to Lithuania to help defraud American investors greed can always be exploited After cratering over the loss of his young college lover that left him snuffling his furniture for any residual essence of her nether regions Chip is getting over lost girlfriends uicker helped by fantasy detours about a bartender he just met If he couldn t get Julia back he wanted in the worst way to have sex with the bartender Who looked about thirty nine herself He wanted to fill his hands with her smoky hair He imagined that she lived in a rehabbed tenement on East Fifth he imagined that she drank a beer at bedtime and slept in faded sleeveless tops and gym shorts that her posture was weary her navel unassumingly pierced her pussy like a seasoned baseball glove her toenails painted the plainest basic red He wanted to feel her legs across his back he wanted to hear the story of her forty odd years Things don t go well for Chip in Lithuania but he was so damn close He didn t understand what had happened to him He felt like a piece of paper that had once had coherent writing on it but had been through the wash He felt roughened bleached and worn out along the fold lines Denise is the youngest sibling a successful chef who finds herself the main negotiator between her parents and her brothers She has a history of being attracted to older men which probably has something to do with her uneasy relationship with her father After her marriage to a colleague twice her age falls to pieces she is done with men and decides to try her luck with womenWith mixed results She gets an opportunity of a lifetime when she meets a young entrepreneur a member of the recently wealthy who decides he wants to open a restaurant He wants Denise to be his chef and he wants her in his bed She resists barely intent on not letting sex destroy this opportunity for her Kudos for trying to break a bad pattern Good thinkingbut sleeping with his wife nullifies all that careful arms length tango she carried out so well with the husband Her car was like a tongue gliding down the melty asphalt streets her feet like twin tongues licking the pavement the front door of the house on Panama Street like a mouth that swallowed her the Persian runner in the hall outside the master bedroom like a tongue beckoning the bed in its cloak of comforter and pillows a big soft tongue begging to be depressed and then The problem with Denise is she has a hard time resisting people who find her attractive She enjoys the fact that older men really appreciate her shapely body The sexual attraction that males and females have for her compels her forward in a relationship long past the time when any of it is still pleasurable for her She loses everything for something she really didn t want in the first placeI haven t even gotten to the mother Enid She is at that point in her life where she is ready to go do things and finds her husband moldering and devaluing before her very eyes He is an albatross around her neck and yet she still loves him She desperately clings to the idea of the whole Lambert family coming together one time in St Jude for Christmas If you are someone who likes to read books where you like the characters you might struggle with this book I find that a lot of people who say they don t like this book abandon it before completion It is natural to want someone in a story that you can root for As Jonathan Franzen unpacks these characters he exposes those things that are generally hidden beneath our clothes like a nasty wart near a nipple or cellulite on our butt cheeks The type of flaws we would prefer to be seen in half light not the glaring brightness of daylight I started out not liking any of these characters their flaws were dominating their inherently good ualities but as Franzen so deftly unspools revelations I became and sympathetic What we have to remember is that none of us knows someone s whole history We get pieces and sometimes those are the best pieces and sometimes we only see someone at their worst moment We never have the whole story that might make sense out of the senseless We have a tendency to ignore our own flaws and castigate those same flaws in others You might be starting to understand where I m going with all this These characters are human maybe too human but that could be because Jonathan Franzen may have wrote one of the most honest books you ll ever read If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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  • The Corrections
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About the Author: Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone all published by FSG His fourth novel Freedom was published in the fall of 2010Franzen's other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers' Award Granta's Best Of Young Ameri



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  1. says:

    July 2012Facts concerning Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections•Print runs of Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections are believed to be the largest in recorded history •Although no reliable count exists experts believe that the numbe

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    41917 update I appreciate that so many people have liked this review andor 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 worthwhile to a discussion or engage in any intelligent discourse unless I read it again which I think we all know I am not going to do That being

  3. says:

    While reading The Corrections I really understood the meaning of ‘schadenfreude’ because I despised almost every character in t

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    “And when the event the big change in your life is simply an insight—isn't that a strange thing? That absolutely nothing changes except that you see things differently and you're less fearful and less anxious and generally stronger as a result isn't it amazing that a completely invisible thing in your head can feel realer than anything you've experienced before? You see things clearly and you know that you'

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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 styletechniue Excellent On the other hand I can't give this a full 5 stars Or can I? Yeah it was well w

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    JONATHAN FRANZEN'S TOP TEN RULES FOR WRITERS as given to The Guardian on 20 Feb 2010with additional commenty comments by me 1 The reader is a friend not an adversary not a spectatorHmm well maybe I can't think Hugh

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    An open letter to my former copy of The CorrectionsFirst I want to tell you that it isn’t you it’s me People and books grow apart just lik

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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 depthI think that is what reall

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    A friend once told me that Jonathan Franzen has been uoted as saying he deliberately rips off influential late century American authors such as Pynchon DeLillo and Roth but tries to make the prose less difficult easily cons

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    The critics loved The Corrections Published in 2001 it won the National Book Award for fiction for that year and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize a year later It also won or was nominated for a number of other prestigious literary prizesDavid Gates wrote in his glowing review in the New York Times that the book had “just enough novel of paranoia touches so Oprah won’t assign it and ruin Franzen’s st

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