Originally Posted by riverrun
So they're printing the corrections over the weekend?
I love a good pun.
Originally Posted by Pennglock
Among a certain crowd-- left-leaning, with an interest in the arts but limited aptitude (sound like any mainstream book critics?) -- stuff like Franzen is always going to be extremely popular. It's the literature of recognition. They find in its pages everything they already know about themselves and their worldview, and get to feel clever and congratulated as they share the moment with an author expressing their thoughts with an eloquence they wish they possessed.
There's certainly a lot of truth in these words. That said, I can take it. Franzen writes characters that I see a lot of myself in.
Originally Posted by Brian278
I bought The Corrections lately and was looking forward to reading it because of it's acclaim. Of course I picked it up because I wanted to start reading more fiction, and it was on some "new classics" list, and I didn't want to put more time into researching what to read than that.
For the Frantzen haters: Who/what should I be reading rather than this?
Brian, I hope you read the book anyway. I found it to be quite funny and one of the most enjoyable books I've read in the past few years.
I'm sure I'll get taken to town for saying such things, but I think that to appreciate his writing you need to be able to appreciate a dry and subtle sense of humor. If you cannot, then the jokes and the references aren't funny. I'm sure for many they're still not funny.