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Independence Day : Bascombe Trilogy (2)
by Richard Ford




Overview -
In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most indelible characters in recent American fiction. In the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, Frank Bascombe now sells real estate, as he masters the high-wire act of "normalcy". But during the Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.

President's Review:

"It may seem a bit like cheating to claim as a "pick" a book that has been widely hailed as one of the best novels published in recent years. So be it. Call me a cheater. Richard Ford's Independence Day deserves all the accolades, all the great reviews, and all the attention that can be drawn to it. This is the quintessential novel of our times and simultaneously a timeless classic.

When I first read Independence Day I found myself reading passages aloud to my teenage children due both to Ford's spare and cunning use of language and to his keen insights on the human condition. While this activity was not always fully appreciated by my audience these passages stay with me still - years after I first encountered them.

Independence Day makes my top ten list of favorite books. If you haven't yet experienced its magic you are in for a rare treat."

--Terry Finley - President, Booksamillion.com

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Overview

In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most indelible characters in recent American fiction. In the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, Frank Bascombe now sells real estate, as he masters the high-wire act of "normalcy". But during the Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.

President's Review:

"It may seem a bit like cheating to claim as a "pick" a book that has been widely hailed as one of the best novels published in recent years. So be it. Call me a cheater. Richard Ford's Independence Day deserves all the accolades, all the great reviews, and all the attention that can be drawn to it. This is the quintessential novel of our times and simultaneously a timeless classic.

When I first read Independence Day I found myself reading passages aloud to my teenage children due both to Ford's spare and cunning use of language and to his keen insights on the human condition. While this activity was not always fully appreciated by my audience these passages stay with me still - years after I first encountered them.

Independence Day makes my top ten list of favorite books. If you haven't yet experienced its magic you are in for a rare treat."

--Terry Finley - President, Booksamillion.com

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679735182
  • ISBN-10: 0679735186
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: May 1996
  • Page Count: 464
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.18 x 1.05 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds

Series: Bascombe Trilogy #2

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