The Sportswriter (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Sportswriter - Vintage Contemporaries Author:Richard Ford 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 t... more »he 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.« less
The book is well written with great imagery and attention to detail. Unfortunately, the story progresses very slowly and the subject matter--a weekend in the life of a recently divorced sportswriter--is less than compelling.
This has been described as a compelling novel, and I believe this is true. A story about a person who happens to be a sportwriter, but more about getting through the mundane happenings of everyday life.