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I just finished reading Vintage Ford, a selection of Richard Ford’s writings. Richard Ford is most notably known for his Sportswriter Trilogy: The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land. This collection has selections from Independence Day, a few short stories, as well as a short novella “The Womanizer” which is probably the highlight of this selection.

The best way for me to describe Richard Ford is by placing him alongside other prominent American writers. Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are the two writers whose prose his is most similar to and Ford’s subject matter is just as varied, from duck hunting in New Orleans to torrid love affairs in France.

His style is plain and easy, very straightforward and he captures the colloquialisms of the Northeast and the South especially well.

One subject that seems to continually come up throughout the selections given concern the relationships between sons and fathers, though I am unsure if this is simply because of the choice of selections in this edition or if this is more representative of his works in general.

There are a number of books in this particular Vintage series: V.S. Naipaul, Vladimir Nabokov, Richard Ford, Sandra Cisneros, Kingsly Amis. I picked up a few myself and I urge you, my fellow blog reader to do so as well. A rather inexpensive way to introduce yourself to an author’s work with an affordable paperback that has various selections from an authors career.

Look for my reviews of Cisneros and Nabokov to follow. Cheers.


Written by thebeliever07

August 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

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