Home Richard Ford The Lay of the Land. A rain squall that would never reach land hung against the lightening eastern sky. I took a sampling glance back at my house-all mirrored windows, little belvederes, copper copings, a weather vane on the top-most gable.
Home Richard Ford The Lay of the Land. The lay of the land, . I didn’t want Clarissa to get up from her bed, have a stretch and a scratch, cast a welcoming eye toward the sea and suddenly believe that her dad was taking the deep-six plunge alone.
Death and its low-lying ambuscade don’t scare me much.
For future historians of present-day America, the Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land will be essential reading, says Tim .
For future historians of present-day America, the Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land will be essential reading, says Tim Adams. It returns Richard Ford after a decade to the voice of Frank Bascombe, a voice already among the indelible creations of contemporary fiction: rooted in New Jersey suburbia, elegiac for American dreams, shot through with quiet comedy and capable of sudden, wrenching pathos. It is Thanksgiving in the millennium year.
Praise for Richard Ford: Ford captures the intricacies of human beings better than just about any other writer alive. Lay of the Land is the third book in a trilogy about novelist turned sportswriter turned realtor Frank Bascomb. is a great surveyor of human nature, a master of the small moments that take place in between and shape the larger movements of our lives. The first novel, The Sportswriter was an excellent read, and the second, Independence Day, won a Pulitzer Prize. This third novel, published in 2006 (which goes to show I've fallen behind in my reading - hence the New Year's resolution), is as good as the previous two.
Richard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories. His novel Wildlife was adapted into a 2018 film of the same name.
With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that ten years later-after Independence Day .
With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that ten years later-after Independence Day won both the Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), more acutely in thrall to life’s endless complexities than ever before.
I’m expecting a storefront to be open at 3:30 on Thanksgiving eve, with GLASS on the menu. These places thrive on every street corner in America, though they vanish when you want one. Wintry effluvium has turned my vehicle into an icebox, and I’ve cranked the heat up on my feet, my belly already sensing a mixed signal from my hot dog. The three boats parable is, in fact, a useful moral directive, and though Wade would sneer at me, in my own view I’ve heeded it by giving a wide berth to the Grove and Vicki/Ricki, or whatever her name is.
My great book of the year was Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land, his Ulysses, a long, painstakingly attentive . Ford crafts a mesmerizing narrative voice-one that gives us, with offhanded eloquence and a kind of grim mirth, "the lay of the land.
My great book of the year was Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land, his Ulysses, a long, painstakingly attentive, humanely comical celebration of the mid-life of his New Jersey real-estate salesman, Frank Bascombe, an American citizen at odds with, and at home in, America, whose story, so wonderfully written in every breath of every sentence, will teach you how. to lead a well-examined life 'on the human scale'-and how to leave it. Financial Times - Jeremy Treglown.
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award FinalistA New York Times Best Book of the YearA sportswriter and a real estate agent, husband and father –Frank Bascombe has been many things to many people. His uncertain youth behind him, we follow him through three days during the autumn of 2000, when his trade as a realtor on the Jersey Shore is thriving. The author of five novels and two collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001, he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.