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Tags: alice munroe, children, deep-holes, family, New Yorker, short fiction, story
Categories : commentary, fiction, Literature
So I read an interesting story today, Deep-Holes by Alice Munroe. It’s a story about family and an event that changes their lives. While it was very well written and it started with some promise, the story ultimately fell apart for me. I’m not sure why this mother and son are acting the way they do by the end of the story. I don’t understand their lives’ journeys and how they end up where they did.
It’s worth a read and I’d appreciate any other thoughts on it. The story has stayed with me, but I’m not 100% sure why.
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Tags: albert, enid, family, fiction, jonathan franzen, novel, one last christmas, st. jude, the corrections
Categories : Books, fiction, review
So last night I finally finished The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I’m a little behind the curve in reading it (it was published in 2001), but it’s a big book. It sits there on the shelf and kind of dares you to make the effort to pick it up. Well I’m incredibly glad I finally did pick it up.
It’s the story of a disfunctional family, or maybe a normal family. Enid and Albert Lambert are fading (or at least Albert is) as they age and leave many of there trials and issues to their children Gary, Chip, and Denise. Of course, the children all have their own issues that make their lives a trainwreck too. When you combine dementia, unemployment, sexual identity, poor choices, and a jaunt in Lithuania you get a damn fine book.
The thing that The Corrections does that many books do not is fully capture the mess we make out of our lives without thinking it needs to go somewhere. The characters in this book work through their issues but really don’t fix everything so they can ride off into the sunset. They’re still flawed individuals that will go on making good and bad decisions until they die. The only real plot in the book is Enid’s desire to have her family together in St. Jude for one last Christmas. She can hold onto all of her illusions about life and her children until she gets that.
Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I think it might crack my top ten…
Some additional reading regarding the Corrections: