Francamente, Frank

Francamente Frank En su tr o de novelas aplaudidas por cr tica y p blico El periodista deportivo la ganadora del Premio Pulitzer y el PEN Faulkner El D a de la Independencia y Acci n de Gracias Richard Ford iluminaba

  • Title: Francamente, Frank
  • Author: Richard Ford Benito Gómez Ibáñez
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • En su tr o de novelas aplaudidas por cr tica y p blico El periodista deportivo, la ganadora del Premio Pulitzer y el PEN Faulkner El D a de la Independencia y Acci n de Gracias Richard Ford iluminaba el Zeitgeist de toda una generaci n a trav s de las intuiciones y agudezas de su ahora c lebre cronista literario, Frank Bascombe, que es, sin duda, uno de los m s imborrablEn su tr o de novelas aplaudidas por cr tica y p blico El periodista deportivo, la ganadora del Premio Pulitzer y el PEN Faulkner El D a de la Independencia y Acci n de Gracias Richard Ford iluminaba el Zeitgeist de toda una generaci n a trav s de las intuiciones y agudezas de su ahora c lebre cronista literario, Frank Bascombe, que es, sin duda, uno de los m s imborrables, provocativos y queridos personajes de la moderna literatura americana En Francamente, Frank Ford regresa con cuatro historias narradas por el ic nico Bascombe Ahora tiene sesenta y ocho a os y de nuevo est c modamente instalado en la zona residencial de Haddam, Nueva Jersey Bascombe ha salido airoso en apariencia, aunque no del todo de las secuelas de la devastaci n del hurac n Sandy Como en todos los libros protagonizados por l, el esp ritu que gu a a Ford es la vieja m xima c mica que promete que si las cosas no resultan graciosas, no son realmente serias La desolaci n sembrada por el Sandy, que ha arrasado casas, zonas costeras e innumerables vidas, es probablemente el arranque m s tremendo que se pueda imaginar para una narraci n Y sin embargo se convierte en el perfecto tel n de fondo y en la piedra de toque para Ford y Bascombe Dotados de una precisa sensibilidad de comedia y de una inteligencia arrolladora, estos relatos abordan un completo cat logo de asuntos muy americanos el envejecimiento, el racismo, la p rdida de la fe, el matrimonio, la redenci n y el desplome del mercado inmobiliario A trav s de Bascombe ir nico, blasfemo, emotivo, sabio y a menudo pol ticamente incorrecto nos sumergimos en las aspiraciones, pesares, anhelos, logros y fracasos de la vida americana en los albores del nuevo siglo Richard Ford trae de vuelta a Frank Bascombe en toda su imperfecta gloria para decir a menudo de un modo hilarante lo que todos pensamos pero pocos se atreven a expresar en voz alta.

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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 e [...]

    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 [...]

    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 r [...]

    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 sh [...]

    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 [...]

    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 vil [...]

    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 twilig [...]

    9. De nuevo Richard Ford nos devuelve a su personaje por antonomasia, Frank Bascombe. Anteriormente a ‘Francamente, Frank’ (2014), Ford publicó ‘El periodista deportivo‘ (1986), ‘El Día de la Independencia’ (1995) y ‘Acción de Gracias’ (2006), todas protagonizadas por el cínico y reflexivo Frank.La prosa de Richard Ford es fluida y clara, parece que esté escrita con facilidad, sin esfuerzo, algo que resulta engañoso. Ford trata temas profundos, como la muerte, la vejez y la co [...]

    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 more 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 ofte [...]

    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 more 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 e [...]

    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 [...]

    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 boo [...]

    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 ver [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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. Fr [...]

    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 more 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 cam [...]

    20. Frank Bascombe continues to be one of the best fictional characters to spend time with. I hope he outlives me.

    21. Frank Bascombe - quello di “Sportswriter”, “Il giorno dell'Indipendenza”, “Lo stato delle cose” - è tornato! E con lui, personaggio normale protagonista di vicende normali, è 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 Amer [...]

    24. 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; [...]

    25. 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 Fran [...]

    26. 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 more than others ( the first two were [...]

    27. 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 hul [...]

    28. 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 inte [...]

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