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The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
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Jul 30, 2007

Read in May, 2007

Horrible. Utterly and completely horrible. Some context for why I read all three books: I packed Ford's trilogy for a week-long trip to Paris - the only books in my bag, which were the only non-French books to be found. Aside from Ford's now very obvious formula of chapter after chapter of Bascombe's narcissistic ramblings combined with (no surprise!) yet another life-changing event about 60 pages from the end, what I disliked most about this book is a toss up between statements that could only exist in a post-9/11 environment in what was supposed to be a pre-9/11 setting (e.g. Bascombe makes 2-3 references to FBI profiling, which would only be plausible after 9/11) and improbable geographic references (e.g. Bascombe's real estate partner's wife drops his kids off at school in Rumson, which is a 60-minute drive one way without traffic from the fictional town in which they live near Tom's River).
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