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Read & download ¹ The Corrections ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Στις Διορθώσεις ο Τζόναθαν Φράνζεν περιγράφει μια σημερινή αμερικάνικη οικογένεια τόσο εύστοχα με τόσο γλυκόπικρο χιούμορ και τόση κατ?ια να τους απασχολούν τα ίδια προβλήματα ν' αναζητούν με την ίδια λαχτάρα την ευτυχία να κάνουν τα ίδια λάθηΟ έρωτας τα καθημερινά άγχη το χρηματιστήριο η οικογενειακή ζωή η ανατροφή των παιδιών η σκοτεινιά των γηρατειών τα όνειρα του καθενός οι μικρές και μεγάλες διορθώσεις που γίνονται στη ζωή συνθέτουν το δικό μας πορτρέτο φιλοτεχνημέ. “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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Στις Διορθώσεις ο Τζόναθαν Φράνζεν περιγράφει μια σημερινή αμερικάνικη οικογένεια τόσο εύστοχα με τόσο γλυκόπικρο χιούμορ και τόση κατανόηση που νιώθεις πως δεν μιλάει για ξένο κόσμο χαμένο μες στην καθημερινότητά του σε μακρινά μέρηΣτους ήρωές του αναγνωρίζεις τους δικούς σου ανθρώπους γονείς αδέρφια και παιδιά να πατάνε στα ίδια χνά?. 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 said anyone using the comments section to make a personal attack on my character or ability as a reader a decade ago mind you will have their comment deleted Kindly agree to disagree and move alongA seemingly unending stream of word vomitI can think of no other way to describe this thingI really really despised almost everything about The Corrections I finished it solely so that I could write a horrible review and have it be validAt 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 trumped up and out of place Dawson's Creek esue vocabulary in almost every human interaction His insistence on using the 25 cent word at every turn made reading the story choppy at best aggravating and unenjoyableI also couldn't help but see the author in a lot of his characters' worst personality traits Annoying hipster lecher I'm better than capitalism but still depend on it Chip Whiny too good for anyone Gary Ungrateful I'm a bitch but reuire all your love and attention Denise The parents Alfred is the only one for whom I felt any sympathy and that didn't happen until the last dregs of the book and I think maybe even then it was a knee jerk reaction at being so close to the book being over Enid's issues rubbed me the wrong way for many reasons not the least of which being that I could see my own mother in her which means I suppose that Enid was probably the most well represented character in the novelThe secondary characters were almost entirely a sorry lot with personalities to the extreme in any number of directions too smart too stupid too needy too plain too EVERYTHINGI know that I'll never understand the praise this book received from critics and readers and I'm ok with that I do wish however that I could meet some of the people who relate it so easily to real life Meeting them perhaps would truly terrify me

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The Correctionsνο από το συγγραφέα με σπαραχτική ανθρωπιά και ελπίδαΈνα αριστουργηματικό μυθιστόρημα για το οποίο ο νέος Αμερικανός συγγραφέας Τζόναθαν Φράνζεν κέρδισε το 2001 το μεγαλύτερο λογοτεχνικό βραβείο στη χώρα του ο National Book Award και πολλές άλλες διακρίσεις Το βιβλίο έχει ήδη μεταφρστεί σε 26 γλώσσες κι εντυπωσιάζει παντού αναγνώστες και κριτικού?. 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 street cred”Wrong David Oprah not only chose it for her book club but went so far as to proclaim it “the great American novel” Franzen who recognized that his book’s selection by Oprah meant that sales would sharply increase was nevertheless ambivalent about the situation because he believed that heretofore her selections had been on the “schmaltzy” side Conseuently when he voiced his feelings in several interviews Oprah withdrew her invitation to have him as a guest on her show And the dust cover of my hardback copy does not feature her stamp of approval which had been embossed on earlier copies of the book Of course the publicity engendered by the tempest in a teapot may have had as much of a positive impact on sales as his appearance on her show would have had But perhaps he did salvage his “street cred” I hope soSo how is it that I would give such a heralded book two out of five stars I’ll answer that but first here is another uote from David Gates’ review “If you don’t end up liking each one of Franzen’s people you probably just don’t like people”My answer for the two stars is I didn’t like any of the people I didn’t like the father the mother I did feel some pity for her but I can’t say I liked her the older son or especially his wife the younger son or the daughter At first I liked her but only because I didn’t know her When I did get to know her I found her to be the most unlikable of the entire crew except for the older son’s wifeIs this because in Gates’ words I “probably just don’t like people” No it is because I just don't like THESE people or for that matter any of their friends or associates There was not a single person that I could pull for – not one And after 568 pages I not only don’t like the people I don’t like the book eitherThe two stars were for the writing otherwise it would have been one and even then there were times I wasn’t crazy about the writing either For example “Susy Ghosh asked the table in a voice like hair in a shampoo commercial” p 326 I’m still trying to figure out what the hell that means