The Sportswriter

The Sportswriter

eBook - 1995
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At the beginning of his career, a young man gives up his chance to become a successful novelist in order to work as a sportswriter.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: Second Vintage edition
ISBN: 9780307763709
Characteristics: 1 online resource (347 pages)
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Mar 06, 2018

OK, after 150 pages of this snoozer I finally got the point of what Ford was trying to say about Bascombe. He's Everyman .... well, sort of. His marriage, his family, his relationships with various women are all slightly screwed up although not a total disaster. He visits a fortune teller, not because he believes a word she says but just because her words are soothing. He's drifting along, a bit dreamy, going nowhere.
There are several minor problems with the book: It's dated (the whole Detroit episode, set in the last stages of that burg's glory days); all the secondary characters, even Vicki are sketchy; his paean to New Jersey is unconvincing; the book is meandering in its attempts to seem contemplative; it's slow, slow, slow; Bascombe is neither likeable nor detestable. Which brings me to the BIG problem: The whole thing is BORING. That is hard to forgive.


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