Independence Day

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Independence Day A visionary account of American life and the long awaited sequel to one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade Independence Day reveals a man and our country with unflinching comedy and the

  • Title: Independence Day
  • Author: Richard Ford
  • ISBN: 9780099447122
  • Page: 257
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  • A visionary account of American life and the long awaited sequel to one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade Independence Day reveals a man and our country with unflinching comedy and the specter of hope and even permanence, all of which Richard Ford evokes with keen intelligence, perfect emotional pitch, and a voice invested with absolute authority.

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    1. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : Independence Day - Nevisande : Richard Ford - ISBN : 99447126 - ISBN13 : 9780099447122 - Dar 464 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1995

    2. Glenn Sumi on said:

      Another Home Run in the Frank Bascombe SeriesOkay, let me just say it: Richard Ford’s fictional alter ego, Frank Bascombe, seems more real to me than many people I know.How is this possible? In Independence Day, the second and most celebrated of his four Bascombe books – it won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1996 – Ford shows that he knows everything about this charming, flawed and oh-so-relatable Everyman, including things Frank wouldn’t want him, or anyone, to know.Th [...]

    3. Paul Bryant on said:

      Well, sometimes I have to wonder if I'm on the right planet. Never has a book been so praised - and by the right people - as this one and The Sportswriter - so I gave this one a go and found myself in a hot muggy sauna of smugness, breathing in the profoundly self-satisfied atmosphere of this guy Bascombe - self-satisfied in spite of failed marriages, bad relationship with son and all that, one of those deeply wise, mature, creased lived-in face type guys who you instinctively trust - sorry pal, [...]

    4. Maria Bikaki on said:

      "To λυπηρό, φυσικά, με την ενήλικη ζωή είναι ότι διακρίνεις στον ορίζοντα να έρχονται πράγματα στα οποία δε θα προσαρμοστείς ποτέ. Τα αναγνωρίζεις ως προβλήματα, ανησυχείς στο έπακρο γι αυτά, προβλέπεις, παίρνεις προφυλάξεις και κάνεις διάφορες διευθετήσεις, λέγοντας στον ε [...]

    5. Yiannis on said:

      Ένας μεγάλος συγγραφέας κι ένα σπουδαίο βιβλίο.

    6. Abraham on said:

      Really a Virtuoso performance. Ford, in this book does right what I have always felt that Delillo fails at, which is the endless and minute description of events exactly as they unfold from within the subjective consciousness of the protagonist. It's a technique which, in this case, renders the main character overwhelmingly human by virtue of the flood of details corresponding, in quality, quantity, and pace, with my own experience of how events unfold. Ford's artifice disappears under the flood [...]

    7. Jacob on said:

      I rarely find myself thinking "wow, I hated that book." Often times the last few sentences of a book I've struggled through make me seriously reconsider whether or not I actually disliked it at all. But I can confidently say that this is by far the most aggravating, pretentious and boring book I've ever read. The entire book is essentially monologue and inner-workings, which I'm typically more than happy with, but the stuff Ford presents fells absolutely contrived and ridiculous. The main charac [...]

    8. George-Icaros Babassakis on said:

      Το μεγαλείο του Ricahrd Ford: τάχατες δεν συμβαίνει τίποτα, κι όμως συμβαίνουν τα πάντα. Σπουδαίος συγγραφέας, σπουδαίο μυθιστόρημα.

    9. Jessica on said:

      I wouldn't say this is a book for all readers or all occasions, but it really was the perfect book for a rainy Fourth of July weekend when I was stuck at home alone with my dog, laid up and non-ambulatory after some improperly stacked firewood fell and crushed my toes.I liked this better than The Sportswriter, though I did find some characters and conversations tiresome and can see how lots of people wouldn't get into this book. I got deeply into it, though, because it's one of those long novels [...]

    10. Steve on said:

      Like Frank Bascombe, Ford's protagonist, I'm middle-aged and sometimes given to contemplation. And while I wouldn't consider Frank a role model, I do give top marks to the book. I give it bonus points for:- Inner thoughts that are meaningful and articulate--the kind that make you say, "Wish I'd thought of that, had I the brainpower to do so."- Ford's wonderful writing style--descriptive without being obtrusive.- Taking on a tough topic: the plodding years of middle age--what he calls the Existen [...]

    11. Mark on said:

      I'm already getting ready for the brickbats on this one, but after reading more than one glowing review of Richard Ford's work, I tackled this one first, and I found that I disliked the main character so much that no amount of storytelling finesse about real estate in New Jersey and other exigencies of modern life could change my mind. And in this case, I had the feeling that Ford is a lot like his central character, so that gave me the kind of bad taste that has just put me off him permanently. [...]

    12. Jonathan Francisco on said:

      I first saw this book during one of my religion classes in college. My seatmate, who is now a good friend of mine, brought it with him. I asked him if a certain movie was adapted from the book, and he firmly answered "no". This was also the first time I got interested with books that have won the Pulitzer. Now Ford is, no doubt, a good writer. I love every minute Bascombe spent with his son. I can feel the tension between them, and Bascombe's want to make it work, the relationship. It saddened m [...]

    13. Katerina on said:

      Okay, it's high time I gave up on this [terribly smug] masterpiece of an American novel.

    14. Lauren Cartwright on said:

      Glutten for punishment that I am, after reading (and strongly disliking!) Ford's first Bascombe novel I soldiered on with the hope that "Independence Day" was, indeed, worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. After just a few chapters I realized that Ford had a formula: several chapters of Bascombe's narcissistic ramblings coupled with (surprise!) a life-changing event that shocks Bascombe into engaging with his family and the world around him about 60 pages from the end. I'm not on the Pulitzer panel, but [...]

    15. Makis Dionis on said:

      Ωραίος και δεμένος λόγος, ειρωνας εκεί που πρέπει. Το απλώνει ωραία κ αποκρυσταλώνει/αποκαλύπτει την μικροαστική μιζέρια της αμερικάνικης ενδοχώρας των 80'ς.όταν ο Μπους ο πρεσβύτερος αποτελεί επιλογή επειδή δεν υπάρχει κάτι άλλο πιο ενδιαφέρον Όσο ωραίος κ να ναι ο πινακα [...]

    16. Devon on said:

      Eh. I'm torn about this book. There's no denying Ford is a good writer but I never really connected to the story. I just didn't feel much of anything for any of the characters, they all felt flat and one dimensional despite the overwhelming amount of detail he writes about them. This novel is like a song that is technically perfect but fails to inspire any real feeling.

    17. Jordan Hill on said:

      Richard Ford’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Independence Day, in my eyes, officially marks the author as the last and possibly greatest GMN* of the twentieth-century. I was impressed but not blown away by the first novel in his trilogy, The Sportswriter, in which we meet Frank Bascombe, a complicated and difficult-to-pin-down ex-marine and failed novelist who turns to sportswriting after the devastating death of his son and his subsequent divorce. The Sportswriter is indebted to Updike’s Rab [...]

    18. Bill on said:

      There are isolated moments of real insight here and it's a shame they're lost in such a meandering, pointless story. The book is strongest when it shows the impact that a realtor has on the lives of his clients -- something I hadn't really considered previously. The story of the Markhams, how the compromises they must make in settling for the home they can afford instead of the one they really want is a powerful metaphor for the lives of these two people, for the choices they've made and how the [...]

    19. Nancy on said:

      More morose than his previous incarnation in the "Sportswriter," Frank Bascombe returns as the amazingly well-drawn protagonist with the incredibly compelling inner voice. He never quite connects with the people around him and is always to a degree dissembling to his friends and family. Only the reader understands his rich philosophies and the complex reactions he has to events as they unfold in his life. Kudos to Richard Ford for creating a character so real that I feel as if I've gained an int [...]

    20. Daniela on said:

      Frank Bascombe 2.0"quando si è giovani il proprio avversario è il futuro; ma quando non lo si è più il proprio avversario è il passato e tutto ciò che si è fatto nel passato, e il problema è riuscire a sfuggirgli"

    21. Jsavett1 on said:

      I laughed out loud when I considered the box below this review where one can opt to hide his review lest he reveal any "spoilers." That would be impossible for this novel. It is TRULY, to paraphrase Seinfeld, a book "about nothing."Well, wait. That's not totally true. There is that one thing that happens around page 300. I won't ruin it for you. Lord knows you'll have worked long and hard for it by then. It took me two MONTHS to finish this book. I stopped reading it several times and read, from [...]

    22. Laura on said:

      So, I bought this book in California at the Westlake Village Library's "Book Nook", where my Grandmother has been a loyal volunteer for decades and takes me every time I visit --I think because she never remembers that she's already taken me there a million times before. And, believe it or not, I made it all the way to the end of the book only to realize that someone (probably the previous asshole owner) has ripped out the very last page. Who would do that?!! You might think the suspense of not [...]

    23. Tuckova on said:

      Short version: SAD WHITE MIDDLE-AGED DUDE. HOW UNIQUE AND SPECIAL. Long version: I enjoyed the first part of this book. I liked the writing and the story he was telling about real estate and our complicated desires for home. Then he went to his girlfriend's house and it was pretty much downhill from there, because that is an inconsistent and unreliable narrator or a poor writer, and either way it wasn't fun anymore. The dialogues were so stilted and so awful that I couldn't relax into the book a [...]

    24. Rebecca Johnson on said:

      1 part Richard Russo and 2 parts John Updike's Rabbit Series, this novel did not wow me. I think I understand why it was in the running for the Pulitzer, even if I don't understand why it won: Ford has a rare talent for prose; for taking every day mundanity and writing about the details in a relateable, beautiful way. At the end of the day, however, it's really just mundanity, and I believe Updike and Russo have been there, done that, and done it much better to boot. Frank Bascome spends a good [...]

    25. Gill on said:

      I thought the writing was fabulous. Not a word out of place. A worthy winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

    26. Jennifer B. on said:

      I hated this book, a lot. Like others, I was sucked in by the whole Pulitzer Prize thing, and the promise of an existential crisis. What I got instead was a bunch of outdated minutiae about real estate and navel gazing from a middle-aged balding man I really disliked. I soldiered on until the end, because it's what I do. I will finish a book once I start it, even if it makes me lose the will to live. By the end of this pretentious and utterly boring drivel, I think I got a whiff of the feeling t [...]

    27. Tim Frederick on said:

      This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996. Most books don't make me laugh but this one was very funny. The story is about everyday life and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. Also, a good portion of the book takes place in Cooperstown, NY at the baseball hall of fame which is one of my favorite places. I give this book 5 stars.

    28. John Zarampoukas on said:

      Στο «Ημέρα Ανεξαρτησίας», ο Φράνκ μη έχοντας ακόμη ξεπεράσει τόσο τον χωρισμό του από την πρώην γυναίκα του, όσο και τον θάνατο του γιου του, Ράλφ, προσπαθεί με κάθε τρόπο να οικοδομήσει μία φαινομενικά άρτια στρωμένη καθημερινότητα, καθημερινότητα ομαλή που να συνάδει [...]

    29. Brooklyn on said:

      Second book in the series detailing the life and (mis)adventures of Frank Bascombe former sportwriter and realtor during a 4th of July weekend. Caveat: This book is not for everyone -- some will find the writing tedious - the narrator, a middle aged white guy with all his warts. But I loved it and found the writing intelligent, poetic, dense and challenging at times. Perhaps - I'm in age nearer to his middle age angst - but I related to this New Jersey everyman. Frank is also not particularly li [...]

    30. Radwa on said:

        You know this American thing about writing books/making movies about y'all average, non-royal people's everyday's lives (which works out great in  films, but not necessarily in literature)? It's at its best in Independence Day. It was a pleasure going on this journey with Frank Bascombe, with his interesting philosophy in life, his unashamed honesty about his past and his failures, his struggle to get his act together on different levels and the way he clearly speaks his mind to the reader a [...]

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