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Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2)
Independence Day - Frank Bascombe, Bk 2
Author: Richard Ford
In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portait of America. — Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an "Existence Period," selling real estate in...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679735182
ISBN-10: 0679735186
Publication Date: 5/7/1996
Pages: 464
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  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 66 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2) on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Did you ever read a book that took you eons to slog through? I know it's a Pulitzer winner and it was well written with attention to detail. Details were vividly described. But the ennui of the main character was too easily picked up by this reader.
isitfriday avatar reviewed Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2) on + 170 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is a Pulizer Prize winner. A national best seller. after 60 pages, i put it down and did not wish to go back to it, i tried multiple times to get into the story yet i was bored and did not enjoy it. My husband read it and liked it.. just not my style i suppose.
reviewed Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2) on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I read it, but it was slow going. Far too much detail, and too long for everything to come together.
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reviewed Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2) on + 813 more book reviews
Frank, a former sportswriter, is now a realtor trying desperately to peddle a house to a pair of neurotic Vermonters: for almost half a novel no less. So now I know the ins and outs and tediousness of the realty business. On the plus side this has much of the wry humor upon which I thrive. The author's use of the English language somewhat remind me of Updike, as does his research into the realm of real estate, and family disunity of the times. Finally, a straightforward readable book that, I feel, is worthy of the Pulitzer Prize.
kimdep avatar reviewed Independence Day (Frank Bascombe, Bk 2) on + 39 more book reviews
The main guy (I didn't read the Sportswriter but apparently it's the same character) is a very deep thinker. He analyzes everything. And the analytical part can be quite revealing. But most of the time I felt like I couldn't really relate because I'm a female and younger than he is in the Existence Period. I am a parent and a lot of his questioning & analysis I could relate to on that. The whole story is him taking his son on a trip for Independence Day so it all takes place over the course of like 3 days so it's very detailed and pretty slow moving.


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