©1995 Richard Ford; (P)1998 RECORDED BOOKS
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.
This is the kind of reading voice that makes audiobooks a uniquely pleasurable and enriching art form. A great piece of writing enhanced by an exceptional reader.
After reading "Canada" I downloaded this book. This was very different in style. I did enjoy it but found it repetitive and overly long.
Read this book if you want to understand how middle-aged, introspective, divorced men find beauty and the will to go on despite the common man's worty and mundane existence. Do not read this book if you're not willing to tolerate the narrative passing through as many hours as the recording is long (or nearly). I loved every minute of it. The voice and language are works of true artistry and the narrator is incredible.
I loved the ability to capture a common man and bring him through his typical American life in such an articulate and emotional manner. I would never dream of spending pages on seemingly endless monotonous activity with such a riveting style. I had trouble taking breaks from the flow of the narrative and narrator. Superb.
Painfully pointless. The protaganist hates everything. everyone. No one is happy or kind or smart or worthwhile. If you are contemplating suicide, don't read this. I thought this was supposed to be funny. Maybe if you're a masochist!
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.
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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