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The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
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Jul 28, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: both sexes ;)
Read in August, 2007

this book is basically a very introspective tale of an average middle aged man who is just as confused about the secrets of life as nearly anyone else out there. The main character is Frank Bascombe and in recent years his marriage has failed, his first son has passed away and his career as a novelist has fizzled. He now is a sportswriter and claims it to be his calling, but still, something is missing in frank's life and he doesn't know what it is.
Throughout the novel frank struggles with women, peers and his own personal demons and by the end of the novel the reader gets can really understand that frank bascombe is on of the most genuine characters ever created. I tend to think that I am not even same "type of guy" as frank, but i still found this book funny and interesting. I also find frank's struggle through life inspiring, because he doesn't let the speedbumps of life completely drag him out of the fight.
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Ruth Mcdermott Hi there

I see you have reviewed The Sportswriter, which makes you an ideal person for me to ask if you would you like to put a question to Richard Ford himself about his book? BBC World Book Club is interviewing him on 19th April and would love to hear from you. If you could email me at ruth.mcdermott@bbc.co.uk as soon as you can with your question about the book (anything - doesn't have to be particularly clever!), we can either arrange for you to talk to the man himself, or have our presenter put your question to Richard for you. Then you get to hear your question on World Service Radio! Please get in touch soonest, including where you are in the world and contact details.

Thanks, and all the best.

Ruth McDermott, BBC World Book Club

Randal As a man, I resent the implication that I might like this book.

Mike Randal wrote: "As a man, I resent the implication that I might like this book."

as a man, you may also enjoy things like: the music of tori amos and the indigo girls, activities such as spin class and scrapbooking, and handcrafted caffeinated beverages at your local coffee emporium.

Randal Hey, don't look at me pal. You're the one who suggested "men" might like this book about a guy trying to get in touch with his feelings. Although I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. Black, no sugar ...
Seriously, though, what is it about this book that makes it a better read for men than women? Besides the fact the main character is a borderline misogynist (and racist drunk), I mean. Along with Updike, it reminded me of Pride and Prejudice, where not much happens except "internal conflict" chiefly between the sexes and that's THE chick-lit book of all time.

Mike haha um i honestly don't know why i put that this book was recommended for "men." i guess i just couldnt see any of my female friends relating very much to the protagonist. i barely related to him myself. i guess it was the misogynist tendencies of the protagonist that made me think women would be kind of disgusted with this book, but in retrospect, i realize that a character's traits no matter how PC or amiable do not define the audience of the book. i suppose i am a little older and more mature now and can realize that. thanks for calling me out, actually.

Randal Sorry, wasn't trying to call you out ... I was a little flip so apologies. Just trying to pick your brain a bit ... I work in a library and like to know books I can recommend for different readers. Thanks for the response.

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