Gavin F (gavluvsga) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Gavin F

  • Location:
  • Mood:
  • Music:

Book #10: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Number of pages: 510

I wasn't entirely sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed quite slow-moving and long-winded, telling about minutiae details of everything that happened to the characters, as well as talking in detail about their feelings.

The whole story revolves around an extended family, with each chapter focusing on a different character or characters and seemed to almost form a self-contained story in itself. I found some of the chapters more interesting than others, like the story involving Chip falling in love with one of his students and ending up having an affair with a married woman.

The overall story arc seemed to about how the parents, Alfred and Enid, wanted to get the whole family to come to their house for Christmas. I did find myself warming to the characters after a while, although it felt like a bit of a struggle to read at times, especially as it seemed to be full of very long paragraphs (and sentences).

I noticed that the story tackled a lot of issues; a lot of them were about characters having affairs, but also there seemed to be a lot of weight put on the subject of ageing, and health - for example, Alfred has parkinsons and appears to also have dementia (he hallucinates a lot and gets very confused).

I was satisfied that I did read this, and it was a reasonably enjoyable book; very sad towards the end, too. I'm not sure if I'd read other books by Jonathan Franzen though, as they also sound like quite heavy going.

Next book: Evil Star (Anthony Horowitz)
Tags: contemporary, drama, family saga, mental health, non-genre fiction

  • Book #14: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book opens with the heroine, Margaret Hale, being uprooted from her idyllic…

  • Book 5- Hamnet

    5. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell. This was the February pick for the book club I'm in. I finished it pretty quickly, it was hard to put down. It's a…

  • January 2021 - Books 1 to 6

    1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Inspector Gamache is now retired in Three Pines when he’s recruited to help one of his friends find her…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded