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a retired librarian
Frank Bascomb is the most humane character I have encountered in a long time.
The Lay of the Land is a fabulous book - funny, human, real.
The characters are multi-faceted and knowable. Frank's
humanity is so appealing, his daily dealing with his cancer
so recognizable and heart-breaking, his relationships with
his children (including his dead child who is still alive to him)
so familiar, exasperating and touching. The greatest compliment I can pay this man is that my most immediate response
is that I want to go and live with someone so wise, so
compassionate and so immensely likable.