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Infiniti peccati

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,060 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
L'uomo è condannato alla solitudine? Leggendo Ford sembra proprio di sì, con tutte le mogli e i mariti separati che si incontrano nei suoi libri. I più saggi sembrano essere spesso i ragazzi, i figli di queste coppie, adolescenti malinconici che, abbandonati a se stessi, cercano di tenere in piedi la baracca e osservano i disastri degli adulti con uno sguardo freddo e crud ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 2005 by Feltrinelli (first published 2001)
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Mar 27, 2012 JBedient rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally just finished this one. It nested for the last few months in my backpack, only seeing the light of day when I was on a long bus ride, or when I knew had a good enough stretch of time to really sit back and soak in one of it's stories - to appreciate the subtle nuances of Ford's writing. Today, it seems, I had enough time to finish four...

Out of the ten stories included in this collection, I would say maybe two were unspectacular, while the rest were outright masterpieces of the short s
Jan 14, 2013 Maki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this collection of short stories, and after reading the back cover summary, I thought each story would be pretty formulaic: one person cheats, the other finds out, anger and devastation follow. However, surprisingly and fortunately, each short story touched upon infidelity, but it wasn’t necessarily the driving force behind each story. Sometimes it was the main event, and most other times it was the character’s self-reflection and self-realization (sometimes happening way after th ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love me some Richard Ford. He's just one of the best writers living, so careful and tender with his characters yet so generous and abundant with his realizations of time and place and physicality. His stories reach this place between scrutiny and grandiosity that is utterly unique and frequently sublime. He takes tiny moments between people, the moments almost any other writer would overlook, and enlarges them to an epic scale so that we feel every passing second of awkwardness and growing emo ...more
Ted Burke
"A Multitude of Sins", a collection of short stories by Richard Ford. He has the strained relations between men and women falling in and out of love with one another nailed, better than anyone since John Cheever, with a prose that is flawlessly crafted and deeply felt in its economy . Richard Ford is an extraordinarily gifted prose writer whose control of his style is rare in this time of flashy virtuosos , ala Franken and DF Wallace or Rick Moody, whose good excesses run neck-and-neck with thei ...more
Ryan Williams
Feb 11, 2013 Ryan Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ford is best known for the Frank Bascombe tetralogy, but has enjoyed a justly deserved reputation for his short fiction as well. His earlier collection (Rock Springs) is a minor classic: concise, authentic, and with a qualified sense of optimism. I've known people who can quote whole paragraphs from the collection verbatim (usually from the story 'Fireworks', for some reason).

This volume shows him moving from blue-collar to white collar lives. Perhaps slicker, less earnest than the earlier work,
Aug 02, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Ford is one of my favorite writers, and this collection of short stories are some of his best. A few are familiar from reading them in the 'New Yorker' in the early oughts, but most were new to me. Adultery is a common theme among the stories, but none feel yuckily Updike-ian or pious or smutty. Ford's observations ring so true, I felt like I was learning something about human nature. Reader of the NLS recording for my blindies is the excellent Steven Carpenter (reader of DFW's IJ). High ...more
Richard Block
Morality Play

Adultery is wrong. Even if there is no James M. Cain Old Testament wrath of God - save for the final tale, 'Abyss' - Ford uses his obvious gift to point out the obvious. Having read most of his novels, I was prepared to love this collection of short stories. I found them too alike and predictable in outcomes.

Ford is a very skilled writer in the Updike tradition - he understands Middle Americans and writes with insight snd skill about their lives. But whatever the set up, the outcome
Glenn Bruce
I had to read this book for one of my MFA classes, otherwise I never would have picked it up or likely even known about it. Ford is a solid writer, clean and efficient. He never overwrites, which I particularly appreciate. No flowery prose for him, which is great. But this book is themed around infidelity, which just didn't work for me. First off, I don't care for themed collections. I prefer different kinds of stories as I get bored. Then add to it the theme of infidelity and after a few I was ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, it seems the title is wrong, and that it should read "One sin: adultery" because it shows up almost every other story. But what makes this book so good is that it is really about the many ways people deceive themselves and how it effects their romantic relationships. Ford creates his characters beautifully, it is haunting to notice similarities between yourself and the down-and-out characters. Read a romance novel or childrens book after this one.
Frances Coles
Nov 28, 2014 Frances Coles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I find myself re-reading a lot, partly because it's such an American book in so many ways and it assuages my homesickness, but also just because Ford is just such an urbane and thoughtful and entertaining writer and such a consummate pleasure to read. He writes about the kinds of very conventional and high-powered people (a good percentage of the characters in these stories are lawyers) who are actually exotic to me and whose worlds I still don't know very much about. (And if ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Rosalba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Gli infiniti peccati" sono generati dalla nostra incapacità di essere fedeli, affettuosi, sinceri, pazienti, onesti, appassionati, di essere veramente attenti e vicini alle persone che desideriamo, o a quelle che dovremmo semplicemente amare. E, fra i tanti peccati, sembra spiccarne uno che, in fondo, non è neppure una consapevole colpa: la piccolezza del nostro essere uomini davanti a un sentimento così grande come l'amore, la meschinità della nostra vita reale rispetto ai sogni che la ispiran ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Offuscatio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatos sobre la intimidad, la confianza, el propio matrimonio.
Mi selección: "Intimidad"; "Momentos exquisitos"; "Encuentro"; "Canadiense" y "Caridad".
Nine short stories and a novella all tackling infidelity in this uneven but oddly memorable collection. Maybe it's because I was reading Cormac McCarthy prior to this but the writing didn't seem that great to me. The subject is interesting though and the author approaches it from many different and unexpected angles. Therefore one story turns out funny, another tragicomic, but most are just duds and plain boring. Basically a hit and miss collection, mostly miss, with one glaring exception - "Pup ...more
Scott Porch
Jan 16, 2009 Scott Porch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title stayed in my head the entire time I read the nine short stories and one novella in this quiet, meditative volume on adultery. The Amazon reviews bemoaned that the book wasn’t about a multitude of sins, that it was about only one, but Ford must have intended something by the title, as it was not a title of one of the stories.

The stories were actually less about adultery than the living space between the adulterers, between the adulterers and their married mates, and between others whose
Dec 16, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I appreciated the fact this short story collection was connected by the theme of fidelity (and, most often, infidelity) because it made the stories seem related despite the fact they shared no similar characters or locales. In fact, I think this collection proves that thematically connecting narratives may be more powerful than connecting them by time, people, or space. At the very least, it suggests how the relationships depicted within the book, all unique in their own right, are tied to unive ...more
Jenny Shank

Adultery is new again in 'Sins'
Ford rescues an old subject from the jaws of cliche
Jenny Shank, Special to the News
Published February 1, 2002 at midnight

In many ways, the literature of adultery hit its peak with Anna Karenina and went downhill from there, though that hasn't stopped dozens of American writers from building their careers on the exploration of violations of the Seventh Commandment. Indeed, a whole generation of writers, headed by the towering
Nov 15, 2009 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
The title of this collection is interesting, because there's really only one sin being depicted here: adultery. And over the course of these stories you certainly get an idea of how petty, silly, pointless, and stupid a sin it is. But definitely to the detriment of the book. The characters start to run together -- they all become the same fool who has cheated and is dealing with the consequences he/she never really expected to have to deal with, or else is cheating and not considering the conseq ...more
These are dreary, mean spirited and cynical stories. If at any moment the reader might imagine that a character in one of these stories has a redeeming trait, the writer may be relied on to prick the balloon, so to speak. Sex is presented as a kind of febrile, nervous twitch or compulsion, it is described without enthusiasm and without care. The writing is faintly cynical, faintly sinister, faintly threatening but the stories never make an impact or statement or impression which goes beyond "fai ...more
"Reunion" stands in my top three stories of all time. Surprising, because Ford isn't nearly the caliber of other greats in the genre: Carver, Hemingway and the like. He's a hardworking and proficient storyteller.

In "Reunion," however, he creates a world of emotion and memory packaged into a brief chance encounter in the midst of a busy hour at Grand Central Station. He not only introduces us to his protagonist and the long-lost friend who stands in front of them but, in a few powerful pages, man
May 27, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nine stories about the same sin. You can probably find most of them in online archives for the New Yorker and Granta. My favorites were "Abyss" (the only one not previously published in a magazine), "Quality Time", "Calling", and "Dominion". The perspectives of the characters/narrators are diverse enough (even if the characters tend to lack diversity) to prevent the stories from feeling redundant or tedious. Readers may be forgiven for leaving the collection under the impression that adultery is ...more
May 22, 2014 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of these stories are quite good. The descriptions of the sprawled-out North American suburban / urban / rural landscape are on the mark. The people are deeply flawed with brief flashes of heroism. They are more self aware than most of us but perhaps this is because of the author's facility with language -- what most of us sense, Richard Ford can put in words. I'd like for us to be better than these troubled characters but my sense is that Ford may be on to something.
Jan 27, 2016 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed by Richard Ford’s collection of short stories entitled A Multitude of Sins. Richard Ford is a great writer. But this book fell flat. The stories were not very interesting. The sins were predictable. And there were really not that many sins in his multitude. What could have been a fun book turned out to be a drudgery. A big sin for Richard Ford.
keltoum chahidi
يأتي هذا الكتاب على شكل قصص قصيرة، تبدو في ظاهرها مختلفة وغير مترابطة غير أن القارئ يكتشف بعد إنهاء القصص الثلاثة الأولى أن هناك شيئا ما مشتركا فيها ويصعب عدم ملاحظته، الخيانة أو قلة الوفاء إن صح التعبير، هذه الصفة التي طبعت شخصية واحدة على الأقل في كل قصة رغم أنها لم تكن بالضرورة المحور الرئيس في كل القصص والدافع الأول فيها.
Casey Nichols
Nov 26, 2014 Casey Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ford is genius with the turn of a phrase. He can shift a story with a line. His conversation are as stark for what is not said as what is. While I loved the writing I found this string of related stories somewhat depressing. The common themes if damaged people and affairs wore me down at times.
Susan Emmet
Jul 13, 2012 Susan Emmet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read Ford, I think of Cheever, Hemingway and Carver, all gifted writers. Was struck by how one sin can trigger a multitude of others. Had read "Puppy" in the New Yorker, I think, years ago.
Ford sets his stories in NY, LA, ME, MI, AZ and creates characters of amazing clarity and density and denseness. Was especially - and sadly -moved by "Abyss," "Charity," and "Calling." So many seemingly successful people torn apart by needs and wants and yearnings they don't fully understand. So much ab
Roman Sonnleitner
I really liked all of Richard Ford's novels I've read so far - but my opinion about this collection of short stories of his is somewhat conflicted.
His elegantly flowing prose works well with the longer "short" stories like "Charity" and "Abyss" - but the real short ones (like "Under The Radar") would have benefitted from a leaner, more pared-down, more straightforward style (think Raymond Carver or Richard Yates).
The initially promising "Dominion" disappoints with a contrived ending, and "Callin
Dillon Strange
Richard Ford knows his way around a sentence. He's a great writer, but this collection left me cold. All of these stories are about adultery and the relationships it destroys or creates. Your typical character here is middle aged, successful and aloof. It doesn't make for great entertainment, but I don't think Ford is really trying to entertain. He's trying to render these sad empty adults in stark unflinching terms. Mission accomplished but I get enough of the "crushing malaise of adulthood" in ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are mostly about unfaithfulness in one form or another, but that's just the jumping off point. They actually look at many different aspects of life, single and married. A recurring theme is the distance and lack of connection among human beings and the often futile efforts we make to bridge the gaps. The characters are well formed and much of the action, such as it is, occurs in their minds. Ford has always been one of my favorite writers and he is in excellent form here. All of the ...more
Brian Kenneth Swain
My first experience with Richard Ford's fiction (at the recommendation of the owner of Faulkner House Boos in New Orleans) was an altogether enjoyable one. Figured I'd start with short stories before committing to a full novel, but this collection certainly want to move onward and upward. This particular collection is about infidelity and adultery, which, while not my favorite literary topic, was an opportunity for me to get familiar with Ford's work. Excellent prose and decent character work, a ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Booker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I attended a book signing for Richard Ford at the Tattered Cover in 2002 for this collection. While I had read several of these stories, this was the first time I went through methodically and read each one. While expertly crafted, there were not many stories that ended with much sense of redemption for the characters. While that may be the realities of these situations as they play out or the very consequences of sin, the idea of grace and/or redemption as a part of a world view are largely if ...more
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Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories.
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“And now, while he didn't particularly think any of these stories was a bit truer, he did realize that he didn't really know his wife at all; and that in fact the entire conception of knowing another person--of trust, of closeness, of marriage itself--while not exactly a lie since it existed someplace if only as an idea (in his parents' life, at least marginally) was still completely out-of-date, defunct, was something typifying another era, now unfortunately gone. Meeting a girl, falling in love, marrying her, moving to Connecticut, buying a fucking house, starting a life with her and thinking you really knew anything about her--the last part was a complete fiction, which made all the rest a joke.” 4 likes
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