In these ten stories, Ford mines literary gold from the wind-scrubbed landscape of the American Westand from the guarded hopes and gnawing loneliness of the people who live there. Rock Springs is a masterpiece of taut narration, cleanly chiseled prose, and empathy so generous that it feels like a kind of grace.
"Beautifully imagined and crafted stories, by turns heartrendin...more
Homens carentes e solitários que querem dar e receber amor.
a mulher abandonou-o e à filha. Ele junta-se com Edna, rouba um carro e vão procur ...more
These stories can feel repetitive in the middle of the collection ("Sweethearts" and "Winterkill" have such identical set ups that if someone else had written one of them instead of Richard Ford, he could sue them for plagiarism. A woman in "Winterkill" ...more
In the title story, a man with ...more
Troy moved his hand around on the deer, then looked at me agai ...more
“Rock Springs” is remarkable for its tone, the way that Ford captured the language of the first-person narrator’s sense of ...more
Yeah it's Carver with a shot of Hemingway but hell if you're gonna use a model those guys are the best.
Anyway the theme of escape and cars is as American as the town it's set it.
And it's truly stunning the amount of character devlopement Ford can telegraph in just a few sentences.
The last lines of this story truly raise the bar to something epic and grand (in its minimalist way). Really awe inspiring.
I still c ...more
I have a new favorite author, Richard Ford.
It’s important for you to know that I have a new favorite author, Richard Ford.
Three sentences saying very much the same thing, but yet each saying it so completely differently from the others. Yes, it’s a matter of words, but more than that, it’s a matter of tone. It’s a matter of intimacy. And it is the last sentence, the one that draws the recipient into the message -- because it implies, or rather crea ...more
In ‘Rock Springs’, a man ...more
This collection of short fiction is set in various places across Montana, and the characters are distinctly average, working-class,, and American. The stories involve people on the precipice of big decisions in tough situations: infidelity, jail, unemployment, co ...more
Dieci racconti dove si alternano gli stessi personaggi, che si muovono in uno degli stati più burrascosi dell'America del dopoguerra.
Ford tratteggia i protagonisti di ogni racconto in maniera lucida, anche un po' cinica, eppure piacevole. Alla fine della lettura non c'è alcun senso di vuoto; semmai la volontà di ricominciare. Un filo esile di speranza, insomma.
Sono vite piuttosto comuni per quegli anni, a bordo di un'automobile o di un treno ...more
Rock Springs is told in first person narrative (Earl) looking to escape the threat of jail time for writing bad checks in Montana. The ending leaves you po ...more
Plus he writes about Montana, places that are familiar, in a prose that is a joy to read. What's not to like.
This collection of short stories seeks to demonstrate the damage that brokenness causes, particularly to children. And it succeeds. There is only one "happy ending"--the penultimate story, and even it is "sad" in his own way. But Ford was setting out to make his reader feel good. It is a depiction of life as bleak as the ...more
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