The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

I finally finished The Corrections, only 2.5 years after getting it for Christmas and 3 months after starting it. And wow, was it ever worth it. I don't usually read this type of book, literary familiy fiction or whatever you'd call it. But I recieved Franzen's other book, a collection of essays called 'How To Be Alone' free on audiobook for signing up with and after reading that, I decided I'd have to at least try anything else the man wrote.

This is a powerful book, a very effective look at a family and into the brains of the 3 children and parents of the family. Not just one of those American Beauty style 'look at how abnormal the normal suburban family is!' books, this actually gets deep into the hearts and minds of all the family members and makes you think how they think. The children all get into situations of varying strangeness but you never get the feeling that Franzen went out of his way to find the wackiest thing each person could do. You believe that all of the characters made their own decisions based on their own brains and things couldn't have turned out differently. All of the main characters end up as real people, which to me is the best and hardest thing a writer can do. Since this review is less than timely I'd imagine everyone who wanted to read this book already has but if you haven't I recommend it wholeheartedly. It's a big book, yes, but it doesn't feel long. Like a movie you come out wonder how many hours have passed because you were so wrapped up in it, the 560 some pages will fly by.

On a related note, if any book publishers want to send me books to read, feel free to email me and I'll send you my address. Somehow, I get a lot of hits to this site so at least a few people will see my inevitable review (can't promise it'll be timely though, for reference see the above review of a book published in 2001).