The Sportswriter: Bascombe Trilogy (1)
As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a... show more
As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.
Publish date: June 13th 1995
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, American Fiction
, Sports And Games
Series: Frank Bascombe (#1)
First time I read one of Richard Ford's novels and I have to say that I was pretty amazed by his prose. I wouldn't describe it as an "easy" one since it took me approx.3 weeks to finish it, however I enjoyed every single page. It dealt with rather depressing issues as the hero’s’ big or little trage...
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford chronicles an Easter Weekend in the life of Frank Bascombe, a failed novelist turned sportswriter. Ford’s breakout third novel grapples with the themes of grief, a failed career, and unhealthy relationships. Bascombe’s story is told in the first person and you get...
“Mystery is the attractive condition a thing (an object, an action, a person) possesses which you know a little about but don’t know about completely. It is the twiney promise of unknown things (effects, interworkings, suspicions) which you must be wise enough to explore not too deeply, for fear you...
Frank Bascombe published a book once. He just never got around to writing another, veering off into the world of sportswriting. The Sportwriter shows us a week in Frank’s life in which he confronts the choices he has made as parts of his life are pared away and we are shown what has already been cut...