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The Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Jonathan Franzen’s novel takes us deeply into the world of Enid and Alfred Lambert and their family of three children: Gary, Chip, and Denise. It is Enid’s goal to bring her grown and dispersed family back together for a Christmas celebration — a last chance to have everyone together before something serious happens to Alfred, a fast-failing Parkinson’s disease victim. The entire focus of the novel is directed towards this last scene.
Bookclub-in-a-Box looks at the focus points of this fast-paced and very funny novel and takes you alongside Franzen’s fictional family on their poignant, laugh-out-loud journey as he explores the following ideas:
- Franzen has created outrageous characters who behave shockingly in order to better illustrate the idea behind the title, The Corrections.
- Franzen explores a wide range of emotional reactions in this unique but dysfunctional family, and brings to the forefront the variety of issues that preoccupy everyone’s individual family.
- The novel uses the thoughts developed by philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, who considered life to be a series of difficult trials over which we have little or no control.
- This is the novel that Oprah Winfrey ‘de-listed’ from her television bookclub. Read this guide to understand why.
Every Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.
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