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The Lay of the Land

by Richard Ford

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford X
The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
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    Nov 2006, 496 pages
    Jul 2007, 496 pages

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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.
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