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Frank Bascombe has a younger girlfriend and a job as a sportswriter. To many men of his age, 38, this would be a cause for optimism, yet Frank feels the pull of his inner despair and especially of his recent losses - his preferred career has ended, his wife has divorced him, and a tragic accident took his elder son. In the course of this Easter weekend, Frank will lose all the remnants of his familiar life, though he will emerge heroic, with spirits soaring.
This is a magnificent novel that propelled Richard Ford into the first rank of American writers.
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- La Chute
I read this in the late 80s and admired it. Having just listened to it again in 2020, I think Frank is a self absorbed, sex addicted prick with a nice turn of phrase. The wriiting and reading performance are excellent but...
a difficult one as a bedrock of my literary past is undermined, genuinely, listening to the audiobook has disturbed me
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- Hannah Swinglehurst
This is not an enjoyable read, at all. It’s incredibly dull, nothing really happens, it’s one dreary paragraph after another. I wish I’d given up at chapter three but stubbornly persevered.
Frank is having a midlife crisis. Frank is in denial about his midlife crisis, he’s pretending things are okay but actually spends pretty much all his time not being okay. Frank is mourning and is depressed but calls it dreaminess. Frank is extremely sexist but doesn’t appear to know it. Frank claims to love his wife but cheated on her after their son died.
It’s of it’s time, aka sexist and full of prejudice which made me hate it even more.
I found it rather offensive that Frank’s ex-wife is only referred to as X. Frank is utterly dependent on women yet treats them terribly.
This book is on a list of 100 essential novels. There are thousands of books much more deserving of a place on such a list. Don’t waste your time reading this. I wish I hadn’t.