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Another birthday

Posted on: August 17, 2006

Another birthday today (Hmm. There’s probably one every day, right?) from Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of novelist Jonathan Franzen, (books by this author) born in Western Springs, Illinois (1959). He spent years working on a novel while his marriage ended, his father died, and he quit smoking. After five years he had written hundreds of pages, but he still didn’t know what story he was telling. Then a good friend, David Foster Wallace, published a book (Infinite Jest) to great acclaim. It was the jolt Franzen needed. He threw away everything but a chapter about a cruise ship and started over. He wrote the rest of the book in less than a year.

The Corrections was published in 2001. It’s about a family falling apart and was a big success. His most recent book is a collection of essays: How to Be Alone (2002).

Okay people. Someone help me with this. Has anyone out there read The Corrections? I’ve tried, but couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. I just didn’t give a rat’s ass about any of the characters — couldn’t raise any emotion about them, not even an active dislike.

Who out there has read this book? Please tell me your experience, and your thoughts on the book. Should I tackle it again? (We do have a copy on the shelf.)



2 Responses to "Another birthday"

I have it. I have it because my sister tried to read it and couldn’t get through it. I tried to read it and couldn’t get through it. I suggest you use it for firestarters, or to elevate small children so they can see over the table. It is utterly useless as literature.

It can’t be. Someone out there must have read it!


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