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The Corrections - talk to me

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ClaudiaSchiffer Fri 30-Oct-09 21:54:06

I'm about half way though Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. And my GOD it's driving me f*cking insane. Is it just me or are all the characters awful? Really horrid, self-involved whining people. I've just read the marital rape and want to throw the book on the fire. But we're doing it for book group and so I need to finish it.

Please has anyone read it? I know it got lots of drooling reviews so does it get better? What am I missing??

FlyingMonkey Fri 30-Oct-09 21:58:50

I started it but didn't get any further than a couple of chapters. Several years on, it's still on my bookshelf waiting to be finished. Lord knows if that'll ever happen! I couldn't see what all the fuss was about TBH.

ClaudiaSchiffer Fri 30-Oct-09 22:00:03

Oh thank god, it's not just me, dunno if I'm just a thicko or if it's a pile of overwritten self indulgent people-hating shite.

brimfull Fri 30-Oct-09 22:00:43

same here-never finshed it
life is too short

ClaudiaSchiffer Fri 30-Oct-09 22:28:00

Has anyone read and liked it?

monkeysmama Fri 30-Oct-09 22:32:17

Nooo, it's hard to get into and then the middle bit dips but get through it and it is very rewarding. That sounds crazy but I ended up loving it! I only finished it because I always finish books I start but it really is worth it imo.

ClaudiaSchiffer Fri 30-Oct-09 22:38:54

Interesting monkeysmama, did you find the characters hard to take? Or are they 'growers'? What about the humour did you find it funny?

I feel like I'm missing out on something intrinsic.

I'll keep going tho <sigh>

MrsMuddle Fri 30-Oct-09 22:40:57

The voice of dissent - I loved it! I read it ages ago and can't remember much, but I've just managed to persuade DH to start it.

I thought it was a great story and that the people were really well portrayed. I'm prepared to be in a minority (I hated Time Travellers Wife, so I'm used to it grin)

mazzystartled Fri 30-Oct-09 22:41:12

I loved this book

It's partly because the characters are hard to like that it's so brilliant.

Stick with it.

BiteOfFun Fri 30-Oct-09 22:43:26

Agree with Mazzy- stick with it.

BiteOfFun Fri 30-Oct-09 22:45:04

<Oi, Mazzy- look what happened to me on College Road sad>

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