In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.
©1988 Richard Ford; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Powerful....So pliant and persuasive that we are instantly drawn into his story." (The New York Times)
"Among the best realist American writers today." (Publishers Weekly)
This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. For one, the narration is perfect. My only exposure to Richard Ford was short stories. I liked this book very much and I can say I don't know any other writer who writes like him. He slows down to lay out the history and his philosophy on every character and event. It's like watching someone crack a hardboiled egg and pull off a tiny shell fragment at a time.
The author is a bold, clear writer with an ability to paint a great portrait. The narrator was well suited to the task.
Something with more of a story.
I thought he seemed genuine.
I found it hard to understand both as a woman and as a person who values conflict resolution. While the character is strong, the internal conflict slides away into what? A person who seems to drift through his life, with seemingly little consciousness of the potential for transcendence. Frustrating.
There are many moments during this 14-plus-hour listen when I found myself wanting to slap the protagonist, the author, the narrator or all three. Richard Ford must hate trees.
Fight the Power
Another CD dump. No effort was made to produce this novel for modern audible devices. IF I HAD WANTED THIS AS A SERIES OF CDs, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT ON CDs.
The best part was that it finally ended. I kept telling myself that it would eventually become good, or at least interesting. But alas, it just finally ended. I can't believe there's two more books with this lead character. I can believe I won't be listening to them. BTW, nice job by the narrator though.
I kept listening thinking it would get better, but it doesn't. He jumps all over the place. I hated the characters, all of them. His "X" was stupid, his girlfriend, dumb. Walter was weird and needed to be slapped and The Sports Writer himself needed to be shot to put him out of everyone's misery. Don't waste your money.
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