The Sportswriter

The Sportswriter

Book - 1995
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: 2nd Vintage ed
ISBN: 9780679762102
0679762108
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 21 cm

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wyenotgo
Mar 06, 2018

OK, after 150 pages of this snoozer I finally got the point of what Ford was trying to say about Bascombe. He's Everyman .... well, sort of. His marriage, his family, his relationships with various women are all slightly screwed up although not a total disaster. He visits a fortune teller, not because he believes a word she says but just because her words are soothing. He's drifting along, a bit dreamy, going nowhere.
There are several minor problems with the book: It's dated (the whole Detroit episode, set in the last stages of that burg's glory days); all the secondary characters, even Vicki are sketchy; his paean to New Jersey is unconvincing; the book is meandering in its attempts to seem contemplative; it's slow, slow, slow; Bascombe is neither likeable nor detestable. Which brings me to the BIG problem: The whole thing is BORING. That is hard to forgive.

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