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The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
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Feb 15, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2006

A hard book to explain or even recommend in some ways, I actively disliked it for the first 50 pages, but once I settled into the rhythms of it, I came around to the idea that this is the most stylistically over the top naturalistic book I've ever read. Ford details every thought and action of Frank Bascombe for three days and it's often very funny, very acerbic and always stunningly written. The music might sometimes seem convoluted or even grating, but once you settle into it, you realize how beautiful that music is. I don't think it's a perfect book but I do think it's a great one.
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message 1: by Rajani (new)

Rajani I have always found it hard to begin reading Richard Ford, but once I do, I stay with it. His rhthyms are unsettled, and slightly dark -but you're right very funny.

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