Oh dear, I could’t get through The Corrections. I didn’t even force myself to wade through it like I did with Freedom. I felt bogged down by the excessive detail and, again, could not feel or see the characters.
I hadn’t realised until reading Franzen’s novels how important that is for me, even if I’m reading a trashy novel. I picked up a Jilly Cooper the other day (I loved her shorter novels when I was a teenager – they were full of naughty sexual innuendoes) and couldn’t get past the first chapter because it was rather trivial, but I could see those characters; those polo-playing rakes and ravishing female heiresses.
I won’t start reviewing The Corrections, because I didn’t read far enough into it to say anything intelligent about it except that I couldn’t bring myself to carry on past the first quarter. Is there something wrong with me, or is there something wrong with his writing? Neither – it’s all to do with personal preference and personally I didn’t feel like persevering with it.