Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master the world of Frank Bascombe and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sp

A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the LandIn his trio of world acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire AmericA brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the LandIn his trio of world acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe Through Bascombe protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate we ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe and Ford attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.

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  1. 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.

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  1. At some point you just need to leave the theater so the next crowd can see the movie Frank Bascombe can no longer fool himself that he is even a mature middle age He is, frankly, fully qualified now to claim his twilight years There is a consistent pain emanating from his prostate, a reminder of a recent bout of cancer His footing on a sandy beach or on an icy sidewalk is now something potentially treacherous He is decommissioning words that he finds to be unnecessary or imprecise in expressing [...]

  2. Frank contemplates his karmic footprint And I wonder, by way of a schematic, how to lead readers to this book and the three in the series preceding it.

  3. What draws me to writing Frank Bascombe is what s always drawn me he s funny and it s thrilling to write things that are funny , but also he offers me the chance to write into the breach between what Henry James calls bliss and bale in my own way, to connect the things that help and the things that hurt and to find some kind of reconciling vocabulary for both, Mr Ford said I always think that, when I m writing Frank Bascombe, I have the chance to write about the most important things I know, and [...]

  4. The title of this book is annoyingly cute, but I could not not read it It is probably the last the author is 70 of Richard Ford s richly textured, deeply observant Frank Bascomb books Beginning with The Sportswriter in 1986 when I was a newly minted professor and a father in training through Independence Day 1995 , The Lay of the Land 2006 , and this year s Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford has given us a decade by decade accounting of the life of Frank Bascomb a sportswriter turned real estate age [...]

  5. 3.5 Frank now retired and no longer living on the coast, is quite happy not having anything to do, and looks forward to his own quiet, introspective life As we know though, life very seldom let s us alone and so in these five vignettes Frank is approached by five people from his past, people he finds himself unable to say no to, one being his ex wife.As minds tend to do, his mind constantly wanders and so, even if involved in one thing, off we go with his wandering mind to another He has so shor [...]

  6. It was good to be back with Frank Bascombe, our intrepid survivor of all the curves and accidents in the journey of modern life as portrayed in The Sportswriter and sequels I have the third still to go Because he has a likely terminal condition, it gives him a special strength and perspective that makes him able to deal with and render aid for the problems that fellow riders on this planet experience The love of Ford for Frank and the set of odd characters in this short book comes through I appr [...]

  7. I found the book depressing and deceptive I felt physically accosted by the author s political views and personally insulted by them If he wants to impugn the reputation of a former President or former presidential candidates, let him do it in a forum other than a novel meant to entertain I found the book insulting to my intelligence and the intelligence of his readers An author may write a novel about anything, but to insult the reader for having different views using verbal abuse and vile lang [...]

  8. It says a lot about Richard Ford s ability to write meaningful dialogue based around genuine characters that this is the weakest of his four Bascombe novels and yet it s still a 5 star rating The story has the same subtle awareness of the world that all of Ford s books have, but in this one you feel like the author is not only saying goodbye to a character that has existed over 30 years The Sportswriter was published in 1986 , you also get the sense that Ford is coming to terms with the twilight [...]

  9. De nuevo Richard Ford nos devuelve a su personaje por antonomasia, Frank Bascombe Anteriormente a Francamente, Frank 2014 , Ford public El periodista deportivo 1986 , El D a de la Independencia 1995 y Acci n de Gracias 2006 , todas protagonizadas por el c nico y reflexivo Frank.La prosa de Richard Ford es fluida y clara, parece que est escrita con facilidad, sin esfuerzo, algo que resulta enga oso Ford trata temas profundos, como la muerte, la vejez y la condici n humana, con el trasfondo de los [...]

  10. This is my favorite Frank yet Gentler, less caustic, but still wry, grumpy, my favorite reformed bad boy Frank I tore through the first two stories then forced myself to slow down with the last two Richard Ford is a master Looking forward to rereading earlier Franks in the new year.

  11. Poignant and Darkly Comical Meditations on Aging, Death, Nature s Destructiveness, and LifeI liked this much, much than I liked Canada We re back with our old friend Frank Bascombe.And he s as cynical, observant, self deprecating and mordantly funny as ever.He is also sorrowful in a muted way, mourning the ending of his life and of life as he once knew it.Frank s observations of New Jersey life are spot on He is a kind of upper middle class philosopher.In this book, though, he is often at war w [...]

  12. I m not giving this one a rating, because I don t think I read it slowly or accurately enough to do so The writing is excellent, at least a 4.But it s just not the book for me, so after about a third, I skimmed or speed read for than 100 pages and then did read the last chapters slowly He has wit and can convey thoughts and context associations of senior and ordinary men, quite well He also defines his protagonist sharply and intensely by his extreme likes and dislikes, reactive almost entirely [...]

  13. Franky TerrificFrank Bascombe is to Richard Ford what Rabbit Angstrom was to John Updike However good or bad their other writing, both men could turn to their go to characters and end up with a terrific novel After the letdown of the ambitious Canada , Ford snaps back into form with this new work His core character is raging and facing the end with a snide smile In Let Me Be Frank With You , Bascombe is all about comforting others with his bland encouragements and subtle, unfelt support Frank kn [...]

  14. Richard Ford s Frank Bascombe books, of which Let Me Be Frank With You is the fourth, are essentially a study of one character Frank So, whether or not you like these books has a lot to do with whether or not you like Frank or are interested in what he s thinking I m not I really, really am not I haven t read the previous books, but in Let Me Be Frank With You , Bascombe is a 68 year old slightly horny, slightly racist, and very grumpy old white man Through the four novellas of this book, all wh [...]

  15. Is there a life after Canada Not sure From my point of view, Canada is one of the greatest book of this beginning of the XXIth century Perhaps it is this fascination for american mythology.Here, we change the level It makes me think to last Philippe Roth s books without prostate s problem.It is thus the fourth volume on the life of Frank Bascombe versus old age Our hero lives his retirement by limiting his friendships to 5 people He carries out a life petit bourgeois, egoist, not very glamour No [...]

  16. Ford, Richard Let Me Be Frank, Ecco Harper Collins , New York, 2014 238pp 27.99 The loathsome character Frank Bascombe continues to tunnel away at writer Richard Ford s time and talent, both of them, writer and main character, now nearly hollow, each nearly filled to ooze point with snide metaphysical certainty, hateful disdain for common virtue, and a smirking buddy buddy haughtiness not unfamiliar to male Middle School culture Ford continues to write beautiful prose maybe too beautiful by half [...]

  17. You can t help but like Frank Bascombe, Ford s answer to Updike s Rabbit Angstrom and Roth s Nathan Zuckerman It seems to be a convenient device for a career author to roll out his alter ego every decade or so for a visit to our screwed up world, so that he can cast his cynical and judgemental view upon it from behind the safety of his fictional self.And yet, Frank is likeable in his wordy, prejudiced and flawed way In this book of four linked stories, he is 68 years old, retired from his career [...]

  18. Let Me Be Frank With You a title much lamented by most reviewers but by me not so much by Richard Ford is the last in the series of books that began with The Sportswriter, then continued with Independence Day and The Lay of the Land Although they varied somewhat in quality with The Sportswriter flawlessly the best , I ve loved them all Let Me Be Frank with You is up there with the best.Let Me Be Frank With You consists of four loosely connected stories, almost chapters of a larger story Frank is [...]

  19. Oh how I have missed Frank Bascombe And how do love Richard Ford Let me count the ways with some of my favorite quotes from this laugh out loud little novella about, among other things, aging I now feel the need to consciously pick my feet up when I walk The gramps shuffle being the unmaskable final journey approach signal It ll also keep me from falling down and busting my ass.What is it about falling He died of a fall The poor thing never recovered after his fall Death came relatively quickly [...]

  20. Frank Bascombe quello di Sportswriter , Il giorno dell Indipendenza , Lo stato delle cose tornato E con lui, personaggio normale protagonista di vicende normali, tornato Ford, il Ford autentico, godibile molto diverso da quello che in Canada si era cimentato con una storia a tinte forti raccontandola fiaccamente.Il romanzo si impernia su quattro momenti di Bascombe, ben distinti ma collocati in giorni ravvicinati alla fine del 2012, dopo le distruzioni operate dall uragano Sandy sulla costa orie [...]

  21. I m a long time reader and fan of Richard Ford When Independence Day came out in 1995, set during the 4th of July timeframe in 1988, I saw an article on it in The Wall Street Journal, and then decided to read its predecessor The Sportswriter, set over Easter weekend, 1982 which was released in 1986, first I then read Independence Day, and some of his short stories collections, including Women with Men I was excited to read the presumably last and final chapter in the life and times of Frank Basc [...]

  22. Since John Updike left us, Richard Ford is my favourite living American writer Updike had Rabbitt Angstrom and Ford has Frank Bascombe Both authors revisited their respective characters from time to time There has been a trilogy of Bascombe novels and this is another gem for all Richard Ford fans This book is comprised of four short stories Bascombe is now 68 and entering the twilight years of an eventful life Not a lot happens in these books, yet they are rich in commentary on modern American l [...]

  23. He s crusty and he s cynical, but I had to like Frank Bascombe, narrator of Let me be Frank with You I loved Richard Ford s Canada, and now I wish I d read the first two in this trilogy before stumbling onto book 3 Never mind all that Frank considers himself a born well, actually here, dying loser, though I personally hope that not all mid 60 s retirees are actively dying Using the format of four novellas and I usually hate novellas , Frank meets with four different unrelated people their only t [...]

  24. A valedictory, no such thing as victory round from Frank Bascombe, New Jersey s laureate of suburban insightlessness Inevitably this slight novella is a pale shadow of the towering works that precede it But I m pretty sure that that s how Richard Ford conceived it as a last word from a fading figure who is past his prime and watching warily as the shadows lengthen So what happens here The Hurricane has come through, laying the Jersey shore to waste, overturning homes and lives But to Frank Not m [...]

  25. Any fan of Frank Bascombe will love this collection of 4 longish short stories featuring the hero of The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay Of The Land Loosely interlinked and all set in the run up to XMas and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy they bring us up to date with Frank, who in many ways feels his emotional life is as decimated as the New Jersey shoreline Funny , warm and acutely observant of American life , inevitably I liked some stories than others the first two were particul [...]

  26. I m going to order this today from the local library I ve read the other three Bascombe books plus plenty of Mr Ford s other stuff a favorite writer and practically a neighbor I m pretty sure I saw him the other day in a convenience store in Brunswick He lives a couple of peninsulas up in E Boothbay.Moving on into the story now Frank s is 68 now my age and first college class as well He s moved back to Haddam Princeton after making a bundle on his beach house that now is a wrecked hulk after San [...]

  27. Let Me Be Frank With You is a book of linked stories that, combined, form Ford s fourth book about the character Frank Bascombe It follows The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land And it follows his most recent novel, Canada, which I thought not one of Ford s best The material, the handling of themes, and the muscular verbal style in this latest Bascombe book pleased me because I saw it as a return of the Ford I admire.When Canada was published I heard Ford read and be intervi [...]

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