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The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
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Apr 16, 2008

really liked it
Read in April, 2008

These are funny books (the three Richard Ford novels dealing with Frank Bascombe); they all take place within extremely abbreviated time frames and consist largely of rumination and reflection. Honestly, in this one, when there were sudden instances of "action," I was almost disappointed - the action when it comes tends to be way over the top (or maybe just seems to be so after pages of non-action; what's this, suddenly, gunshots?? wild foxes? vehicular manslaughter? when we were just driving around and thinking about the shore for seventy-five pages?). However, I like the character, though he's a little too pleased with himself sometimes, and find the writer smart and thoughtful about his words and sentences, so I've liked these books tremendously.

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