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Francamente, Frank (Spanish Edition) (original 2014; udgave 2016)

af Richard Ford (Forfatter)

Serier: Frank Bascombe (4)

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Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America people live in at this moment.
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Titel:Francamente, Frank (Spanish Edition)
Forfattere:Richard Ford (Forfatter)
Info:Anagrama (2016), 200 páginas
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Let Me Be Frank With You af Richard Ford (2014)

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If you have read the other three Frank Bascombe books (The Sportswriter, Independence Day and Lay Of The Land) by Richard Ford and enjoyed them, you should read this collection of novellas. If you haven't read those books, don't read this. If you don't know the characters, their histories and past event, I think Let Me Be Frank With You has little to offer.

Frank as we meet him in Let Me Be Frank With You is very similar to the Frank we have met in the past. We get to visit with him for a few days (in the previous novels, critical days). We learn about where he is in his life at that moment. To Frank's credit, he is always trying to figure out who he is, from his perspective and from the perspective of others. To the delight of some readers and the frustration of others, Frank is always lost, contemplative, musing and reflective. He identifies conceptual periods for his life and gives those periods names; the current period is the Default Self.

For me, the first three Frank Bascombe novels were like a wonderful dinner (not the best dinner I ever had, though). The food was definitely to my liking and each course built upon the previous. Let Me Be Frank With You was a glass of after-dinner wine that did not complete the meal but could only be matched with that dinner. While I got some enjoyment from it, I am not so sure that the dinner wasn't better left to its own merits.

A couple of other thoughts. The general structure, the four novellas, didn't make sense to me. I liked how Ford worked the title of the next novella into the novella you were currently reading. He even worked a reference to the first novella into the last one, creating a circular connection. But the novellas fit so well together they felt more like chapters or sections of a novel, other than a few explanations that allowed the novellas to each stand on its own. Why bother? Why not finish tying them together into a more cohesive whole?

My other thought is some GR book club should have a discussion sometime comparing Updike's Rabbit series with Ford's Bascombe series. Or, more likely, it has already happened. There would be a lot to talk about there. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
After reading Between Them, I wanted to read something else by Richard Ford, whom critics call one of our national treasures. This collection of 4 intertwining stories was a good one, though I felt like I was jumping in the middle, since Frank Bascombe is an established character in many of Ford's other books. I still got a good taste though and enjoyed it. Frank is a retired real estate agent Democrat with a penchant for quoting literary greats, and philosophizing about life and his (dwindling) place in it. At 68, Frank harbors no illusions about his life's trajectory and his observations are equally funny and paranoid. In these connected stories, it is just post-hurricane Sandy, and Frank's New Jersey location has put him and his 2nd wife Sally in the thick of the storm's aftermath, though they and their home survived in tact. One story deals with a former realty client/friend who lost his seaside second home in the storm. Frank sold it to him. Another story deals with his ex-wife Ann and the onset of her Parkinson's disease. He struggles with what his role to her is now. The last 2 stories are about a dying friend and his own house's past history (tragic). Part wistfulness, part satiric commentary, the characters and situations are relevant and entertaining. Put me in mind of Updike, Irving, and a sprinkle of Garrison Keillor. "Love isn't a thing, after all, but an endless series of single acts." ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Fantastic. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Decent, but it is largely missing the Richard Ford touch. It takes a long time for the writing to warm up. Eventually it is starting to get there, with Bascombe's pithy, occasionally contradictory but always considered, thoughts on life–but then the story ends! It's too short, especially when the first 50-100 pages could be cut off without losing much.

> Character, to me, is one more lie of history and the dramatic arts. In my view, we have only what we did yesterday, what we do today, and what we might still do. Plus, whatever we think about all of that. But nothing else—nothing hard or kernel-like. ( )
  breic | Nov 25, 2019 |
I just couldn't get into this book. Richard Ford is a more literary author, so maybe that's it. But I got through 1 1/3 stories (out of 4) and that was about it. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Jul 1, 2019 |
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