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Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2 | [Richard Ford]

Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2

Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.
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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as a major American novel, Independence Day is a relentlessly thoughtful, heart-wrenching, yet hilarious portrait of an ordinary American man. Wickedly realistic details and dialog entice you to see modern life filtered through the first-person narrator's complex and evolving consciousness. Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

©1995 Richard Ford; (P)1998 RECORDED BOOKS

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    Burton Verner Nashville, TN United States 01-07-09
    Burton Verner Nashville, TN United States 01-07-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Great Book - Great Narrator"

    Another great book from Richard Ford. Every one in the Frank Bascombe series is excellent. I don't understand how every review is not 4-5 stars. If I'm not mistaken it won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN-Faulkner Award. Richard Poe's narration is excellent too.

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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-18-12
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable and thought provoking but too long"

    After reading "Canada" I downloaded this book. This was very different in style. I did enjoy it but found it repetitive and overly long.

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    Love to Read in ME 03-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Empahsis on SELF"

    Self-absorption; self examination. I finally stopped listening to this at the middle of the third section as it made me so depressed. If this is "real life-like" we are all doomed!! I think the human race is better than this, but I may be wrong according to this book's reviews.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mildred Cedarville, CA, USA 02-11-10
    Mildred Cedarville, CA, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A lot about nothing"

    Really wanted to love this book.. and I kept waiting, but it never developed to me. Nicely written, and you really get to know the main character, but I kept thinking, "so what?" I expected more.

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    Brenda Gorham, ME, United States 09-02-10
    Brenda Gorham, ME, United States 09-02-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't waste your money"

    This is without a doubt the worst book I have purchased from Audible and I have purchased over 100 books. There was no redeeming feature to this book. The reading was as bad as the writing. Don't waste your money.

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