The Lay of the Land

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With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that ten years later—after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—was hailed by The Times of London as “an extraordinary ep

With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that ten years later—after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—was hailed by The Times of London as “an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself.” Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), more acutely in thrall to life’s endless complexities than ever before.His story resumes in the autumn of 2000, when his trade as a realtor on the Jersey Shore is thriving, permitting him to revel in the acceptance of “that long, stretching-out time when my dreams would have mystery like any ordinary person’s; when whatever I do or say, who I marry, how my kids turn out, becomes what the world—if it makes note at all—knows of me, how I’m seen, understood, even how I think of myself before whatever there is that’s wild and unassuagable rises and cheerlessly hauls me off to oblivion.” But as a Presidential election hangs in the balance, and a postnuclear-family Thanksgiving looms before him along with crises both marital and medical, Frank discovers that what he terms the Permanent Period is fraught with unforeseen perils: “All the ways that life feels like life at age fifty-five were strewn around me like poppies.”A holiday, and a novel, no reader will ever forget—at once hilarious, harrowing, surprising, and profound. The Lay of the Land is astonishing in its own right and a magnificent expansion of one of the most celebrated chronicles of our time.

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Ha scritto il 26/08/13
Le cose sono, o accadono. Belle, disgustose, sorprendenti, paurose. Gli uomini non possono che prenderne atto. Anche se, per gran parte della vita, ci si convince di poterle modificare, di poter intervenire sul mondo per truccarne il viso. Finché acc ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 24/08/13
Los días de Bascombe
Acción de Gracias es la desgraciada traducción de The Lay of the Land (La disposición de la tierra), la novela publicada en 2006 por Richard Ford, y que completa una trilogía con ambición de gran novela americana, tras El periodista deportivo, y El d ...Continua
Ha scritto il 02/08/13
The Frank Bascombe saga continues with the same deep understanding of human nature.
Ha scritto il 18/05/08
By the middle of Independence Day, I decided that I just really don't like Frank Bascombe. He's the kind of guy who really would believe someone like me would care about his endless drives around the New Jersey landscape. And what was Ford thinking w ...Continua

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