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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ecco (4. November 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061692069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061692062
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“Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land, continues to reflect on the meaning of existence in these four absorbing, funny, and often profound novellas.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Ford is celebrated for his Frank Bascombe novels--stories swirling around the life of a middle-aged real estate agent. His profession lends itself to Ford’s rich descriptions of natural land. Here, Ford places Bascombe in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.” (Huffington Post, Best Books for Fall 2014)

“The American master returns with another dispatch from Frank Bascombe.” (San Antonio Express-News)

“Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land, continues to reflect on the meaning of existence in these four absorbing, funny, and often profound novellas...Readers who met Frank in Ford’s earlier novels will quickly reconnect with his indelible personality.” (Publishers Weekly)

“… caustically hilarious, warmly philosophical, and emotionally lush… In each neatly linked tale, Frank ruminates misanthropically, wittily, and wisely about love, family, friendship, race, politics, and the mystery of the self…Like Frank, Ford, certainly is incisively frank, forensically observant, and covertly tender.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Bascombe is a little grumpier than before but no less introspective...As in the previous books, his fast-running internal commentary on those neighbors...is the book’s engine, streaming along, carrying us from one scene to the next and binding them all together.” (Town & Country)

“In his Frank Bascombe novels--The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land--Richard Ford bares the male psyche at various ages. Bascombe is retired now, and let’s just say: Life’s leading to one inevitable place. As ever, his ruminations offer insight.” (AARP, Editor's Picks)

“Deeply elegiac tales… A notable addition--and perhaps coda--to Ford’s ‘Frank Bascombe’ trilogy; highly recommended.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“The Pulizer Prize-winner ricochets off his ‘Frank Bascombe Trilogy’ of novels (The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land) with four themed stories told by Bascombe, his insightful, funny and irreverent main character now living in New Jersey.” (Sacramento Bee)

“Bascombe himself is still alive at the end of Let Me Be Frank With You. If he and we can defer the call of mortality, we can only hope to meet him again in 10 years’ time.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Frank has reached his twilight years with his trademark wit and ruminative self-awareness intact, even if his body is starting to slide into geriatric betrayal...There’s no doubt that this is the same old Frank..”Grade: B+ (Entertainment Weekly)

“Incredibly, Ford maintains, over 30 years, Frank’s voice-he sounds much as he did when he was 38, except he is a little more prone to pontificating… This is what gripped readers on the first page of The Sportswriter…and what continues in Let Me Be Frank With You.” (Chicago Tribune)

“The fact that Let Me works as well as it does is a testament to Mr. Ford’s strengths as a writer and his ability to turn his hero’s contradictions and discontinuities into something more like the genuine complexities of a real human being.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

“Of all the serial heroes bustling through postwar American fiction, Frank Bascombe makes the strongest claim on our affection… It is Mr. Ford’s achievement to have made the musings of this suburban everyman captivating.” (Wall Street Journal)

“The stories…serve as vehicles for Frank’s witty, sad, poignant and incisive ruminations on life in America in the early 21st century... Readers of the Bascombe trilogy… are sure to be delighted at this unexpected opportunity to renew their acquaintance with Frank and see how he’s coping with life’s changes.” (Associated Press)

“Funny, touching and profound… Threading its way through all four tales is Frank’s (Ford’s) sometimes chilling, always wry take on mortality… The ability of slight things to forestall reflection on the weightiest of issues is Ford’s rich theme here, and no one mines it more eloquently.” (Financial Times)

“Though his wit tends toward the acerbic, there’s an undercurrent of gratitude for everything that’s come to him… Anyone who’s followed that life since it first appeared on the page can only feel a similar gratitude to Ford for having created it.” (BookPage)

“The beauty of this book lies in its encompassing humanity, its juxtaposition of gravity and wit, and the flawed duality of our protagonist… Ford illuminates parts of us all.” (Portland Press Herald)

“In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment.” (Jackson Free Press)

Let Me Be Frank with You marks the fourth book that Frank [Bascombe] has taken center-stage, and the four stories offered between its covers find the character now deep into his waning years--the age that Frank refers to as his ‘Default Period of life.’” (NPR, The Two-Way)

“Frank is pushing 70 but he remains a fascinating emblem of his times… I admire Ford for bringing back Frank Bascombe as an old man and for creating a form and compressing a style to represent one late sexagenarian’s circumstances and consciousness without succumbing to geezer sentimentality or contrived serenity.” (Daily Beast)

“Despite the sober subject matter, Frank is as bitingly funny as ever. His choice observations and the stories he tells reveal a man whose limitations and failings coexist with soaring attempts to make sense of a world undone by fate.” (Shelf Awareness)

“[Subtle] stories told with wit and grace… Ford has established himself as one of contemporary America’s most interesting storytellers. Let Me be Frank with You does nothing to diminish this well-deserved reputation.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Frank Bascombe, who made his first appearance in “The Sportswriter” in 1986, returns in his fourth novel, and there are abundant reasons to be grateful.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Now Frank has returned, ushering us through the four linked novellas in Let Me Be Frank With You - which arrives, like an early Christmas gift, to soothe fans who assumed they’d never again have the pleasure of wading through his stream of consciousness.” (Washington Post)

“A quartet of stories set around Christmas 2012 (each Bascombe volume co-opts a holiday), amid the physical and emotional debris of Hurricane Sandy, it’s an estimable book-wise, funny and superbly attentive to the world. If this is the last of Bascombe, it’s an honorable end.” (Time)

“[Frank Bascombe is] as ruminative as ever, continually brooding over past and present; as ironic as ever, flippantly naming his retirement status ‘The Next Level’... And this Mississippi-born gentleman also remains as charming and gracious as ever… [A] substantial work of fiction… [a] sharp-eyed collection.” (Newsday)

“Though often compared to Updike’s Rabbit, Frank is far more discerning and sophisticated. He analyzes the landscape, while Rabbit melts into it. He comprehends what only mystifies Rabbit.” (Newsday)

“Four novellas featuring Frank Bascombe, the main character from three of Ford’s most highly acclaimed novels. Bascombe is older, and though he may not think he’s any wiser, readers will disagree.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Through Ford’s writing, Frank Bascombe became a major literary figure during the final years of the 20th century, serving as a witness to the era’s aspirations and defeats… Frank Bascombe remains a literary character who is capable of striking chords in readers that they will clearly recognize in themselves.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Say it ain’t so, Frank. I never want him to leave the theater, at least not before I do. In the meantime, the stories in Let Me Be Frank with You have led me back into rereading the earlier Bascombe books - an advantage of art over life.” (NPR's Fresh Air)

“…you don’t read the Bascombe books for plot. You read them for Ford’s gleaming sentences, which in Let Me Be Frank are as burnished as ever, and for the quality of Frank’s questing intelligence, which persists in sensing what’s coming.” (USA Today)

“In this impoverished context, we should be deeply grateful for Richard Ford…Moments like these give us Ford at his very best: a masterful observer of the quiet, quotidian world...” (Boston Globe)

“I’ve known Frank since the publication of The Sportswriter in 1986, when word went out that Mississippi had produced yet another brilliant novelist. His writing and pithy insights keep pages turning...The funny, and sometimes sad, truth of his stories verifies our own reality.” (Miami Herald)

“Small, everyday transgressions and the gravity of their consequences are the quiet calling cards of Ford’s fiction… In this latest book he is watchful, bends to the truth, always stops shy of mawkishness and is never self-pitying.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“Ford steers clear of autobiography in his fiction, but his ability to tease out the psychological nuances of his heroes has made him a legend.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The heart of the genius of Frank Bascombe [is that] Ford could have suffocated him with the strictures of a quotidian existence… Instead the ordinary is an aperture into the extraordinary. (Newsweek)

“Richard Ford never writes an unconsidered word…In fact, what makes Ford’s new book particularly remarkable must be how little happens in it--and how little we miss the usual Sturm und Drang of plot or fast-paced action… we are happy just to listen to him ruminate.” (New York Review of Books)

“Fans of the profoundly introspective Bascombe and the dirty realism of his middle-class existence have been rewarded by this unforeseen encore to the trilogy that began with 1986’s The Sportswriter.” (The Oregonian (Portland))

Ford’s style has often been referred to by critics as ‘dirty realism,’ … but the truth, at least in this new book, is that Frank’s world isn’t gritty, and the nonjudgmental awareness of his voice gives even his smallest encounters a surrealistic pseudo-omniscience.” (The Rumpus.com)

“[This book] delivers what it promises: a quartet of fresh, though brief, glimpses of a beloved character... no outsized revelations, only small, smart realizations of the pain, absurdity and tenderness of contemporary life in the U.S., after the tide has come crashing in.” (Palo Alto Weekly)

“Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been one of the finest journeys in American letters, traveling through three decades’ worth of American life since the drifting highways of his 1986 novel The Sportswriter.” (Willamette Weekly)

“Remarkably, Ford is a serious novelist whose work has been compared to the writings of John Updike, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, and yet he is also capable of prose that is laugh-out-loud funny.” (Jewish Journal of LA)

“In four linked stories, Ford’s aging Everyman surveys life after Hurricane Sandy batters New -Jersey.” (New York Times Book Review, Notable Book)

“Told as a collection of longer short stories, Bascombe is grumpy, existential and searching for comfort amid a host of physical and mental maladies… if you’re an established fan of the Bascombe tales, it’ll surely be something to add to the Christmas vacation reading list.” (KQED (NPR SF), The Do List)

“After a trilogy of Frank Bascombe novels spanning nearly 30 years, this latest book is four linked narratives. Now 68, Bascombe assesses his losses, including the Jersey Shore damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Best Books of 2014)

“Bascombe again is portrayed as a thoughtful, ruminative man, now retired from the real-estate business. In the four novellas... the character not only confronts, but embraces his mortality in ‘anticipation of the final, thrilling dips of the roller coaster.’” (Pittsburg Tribune-Review)

“Few characters in American literature have proven as durable or as interesting as Richard Ford’s long-running hero, Frank Bascombe... [Frank’s] insights are as trenchant as ever, but he seems funnier, looser, kinder somehow.” (Baton Rouge Advocate)

“In the conversational and highly digressive voice that’s become so familiar to readers over the years, Frank-aged 68, now comfortably retired and living in upscale Haddam, New Jersey-takes each day as it comes, and still finds plenty to remark upon.” (Highbrow Magazine)

“Frank Bascombe, who made his first appearance in The Sportswriter in 1986, returns in his fourth novel, and there are abundant reasons to be grateful.” (San Francisco Chronicle, Best of 2014: 100 Recommended Books)

“Mortality and the wounded human condition underscore this novel about the legacy of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012. Beautifully written, nuanced and perceptive. Frank Bascombe’s 68 and contemplating his usefulness and fate in the wreckage that surrounds him.” (Providence Journal)

“For those of you who may have missed Frank Bascombe, Richard Ford’s frequent protagonist, snag Let Me Be Frank With You, one of the surprises of the season by the MSU graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner who can be both funny and profound in the same sentence.” (Lansing City Pulse)

“It’s altogether a joy to read, with Ford leavening the melancholy of loss (from age, and from the devastation of nature) with an ever-present humor.” (Detroit News)

“Regardless of its somewhat funereal context, Let Me Be Frank With You contains many moments of levity...This comic mockery tempers but does not overwhelm the book’s essential seriousness...Frank must put his gently dogged optimism up against the fact of life’s persistent sorrow, indignity, and misfortune.” (Knoxville Times)

“The four stories in Let Me Be Frank With You find Frank in autumnal but wry spirits… His observations remain gently cutting.” (Dallas Morning News)

“This beautifully written book explores human connections, at times politics, race and religion, and persists in trying to fathom our infinitely puzzling and fragmented selves. It’s splendid.” (Providence Journal)


A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the celebrated fictional landscape that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe

In his trio of critically acclaimed, bestselling novels—The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/ Faulkner-winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land—Richard Ford, in essence, illuminated the zeitgeist of an entire generation, through the divinings and wit of his now-famous literary chronicler, Frank Bascombe, who is certainly one of the most indelible, provocative, and anticipated characters in modern American literature.

Here, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived—seemingly if not utterly—in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. As in all of the Bascombe books, Ford's guiding spirit is the old comic's maxim that promises if nothing's funny, nothing's truly serious. The desolation of Sandy, which rendered houses, shorelines, and countless lives unmoored and flattened, could scarcely be more serious as the grist for fiction. Yet it is the perfect backdrop and touchstone for Ford—and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash—the tumult of the world we live in.

Through Bascombe—wry, profane, touching, wise, and often inappropriate—we engage in the aspirations and sorrows, longings, achievements, and failings of American life in the morning of the new century. With his trademark candor and brimming wit, Richard Ford brings Bascombe fully back, in all his imperfect glory, to say (often hilariously) what all of us are thinking but few will voice aloud.

Whether you've been a Bascombe insider since The Sportswriter or are encountering Ford's unforgettable inventions newly here, Let Me Be Frank With You is a moving, wondrous, extremely funny odyssey, showcasing the maturity and brilliance of a great writer working at the top of his talents.

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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gail Cooke am 12. Dezember 2014
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A favorite aspect of reading is the attachment I often feel for a lead character. After closing a book, while satisfied I may still wonder about a character - what might happen to him or her next, what will that person be thinking in a decade or so? Thanks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford I need no longer wonder about an all-time favorite character, Frank Bascombe.

With Let Me Be Frank With You Ford brings back Bascombe in a collection of four novellas. Bascombe is older now - 68 and filled with ruminations about life and by turns dismayed or bewildered as are all of us from time to time. He has retired from the real estate business, is peacefully married to his second wife, and very much aware of the benefits, side-effects, and debilitations of old age.

The time is the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and Frank finds himself commiserating with the fellow who bought his beach house which was recently flattened by the hurricane. A knock on his front door reveals a black woman who had lived in his house years ago, and slowly tells him of the horrific events that occurred there. Frank visits the impossible woman who became his ex-wife some 30 years ago. She is suffering from Parkinson’s and lives in a tony extended care facility. And, he very reluctantly visits a dying friend to whom he sold a hideous mansion some time ago.

Throughout Frank looks upon himself with wit and honesty, sharing thoughts that may come to many of us as time goes by.

- Gail Cooke
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von sybilla kraft am 6. Februar 2015
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Ein exzellentes Buch,welches Zeit, Ort und Charakteren wundervoll beschreibt und einfängt. Gleichzeitig gibt es
uns einen tiefen Einblick in die Phsyche eines Menschens, der in sich zu ruhen scheint und die Antworten für die letzte
Phase seines Lebens gefunden hat.

Ich würde dieses Buch meiner Tochter unbedingt empfehlen.

Ich gebe diesem Buch fünf Sterne.
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buch hat mir sehr gut gefallen.
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Ford has an ability to make his characters into human beings whose strengths and weaknesses are present in all of us. 13. November 2014
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In his 1986 novel, THE SPORTSWRITER, Richard Ford introduced Frank Bascombe to the literary world. Bascombe is an unsuccessful novelist and sportswriter who experiences the tragedy encompassed by the death of his young son. The emotional cost is high both personally and to his family. It was named one of the five best books of the year by Time Magazine. In 1995, Ford returned to Bascombe’s life in INDEPENDENCE DAY, a sequel that finds the ex-sportswriter a real estate agent in New Jersey. It was the first novel awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in the same year. The final installment of the trilogy, THE LAY OF THE LAND, was published in 2006. Bascombe, now a successful real estate agent, struggles with the traditional problems of a man in his mid-50s. Family, business and health issues seem to suffocate him, and the story ends as he travels to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of prostate cancer.

Through Ford’s writing, Frank Bascombe became a major literary figure during the final years of the 20th century, serving as a witness to the era’s aspirations and defeats. Bascombe’s ruminations on family, love, politics and life itself serve as a mirror for readers struggling with those same issues in their actual lives.

Bascombe has returned for probably his final literary appearance in Ford’s collection of four novellas, LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU. It is now December 2012, and Bascombe’s Jersey Shore is recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. He observes that “nothing smells of ruin as fragrantly as the first attempts at rescue.” The hurricane is the constant theme running through these stories that focus on the 68-year-old Bascombe’s life in retirement.

First, in “I’m Here,”Bascombe meets a former client whose beach house, sold to him by Bascombe, was destroyed by the storm. In “Everything Could Be Worse,” a woman who grew up in Bascombe’s present house comes to visit and reveals to him its tragic history. For those who have not read the trilogy, “The New Normal” is a brief recounting of Bascombe’s life as he drives to see his first wife, now living in a retirement community.

Finally, in “Death of Others,” Bascombe reluctantly visits a dying friend, which causes him to ponder his life and the mysteries of love, family and friendship. Confronted with a shocking deathbed revelation from the friend to whom he has come to bid farewell, Bascombe responds rather taciturnly: “But I’m not mad --- at anyone. A wound you don’t feel is not a wound. Time fixes things, mostly.” The conclusion of the story reminds us for one final time that Bascombe is a passive man who rarely allows his emotions to show.

The four stories in LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU share the further common thread of the protagonist encountering unwelcome ties with his past. Frank Bascombe remains a literary character who is capable of striking chords in readers that they will clearly recognize in themselves. Ford’s greatest strength as a writer is his ability to make his characters into human beings whose strengths and weaknesses are present in all of us. We wish you well, Frank. We will miss you.

Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman
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Worthy addition to the Bascombe saga 25. November 2014
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Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of THE SPORTS WRITER, INDEPENDENCE DAY, and THE LAY OF THE LAND, returns for crowd-pleasing encores in the four novellas that comprise LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU. For those who have not yet read THE BASCOMBE NOVELS, I disclose that Frank is a successful former real estate agent and novelist who uses his elegant mind and wry logic to distance himself from people and the pain of this world.

In LMBFWY, Frank, a cancer survivor, is 68, retired, and constantly reminded of destruction and decline. Meanwhile, Ford is focused on exploring how Frank--decent, intelligent, and wounded--copes. Here, Ford uses the character Ezekiel to summarize the aloof Frank's survival strategy. First, note that the setting for these four novellas is New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Then Ezekiel, in the book's simple peroration, says to Frank: "Our church's taking a panel truck of food and whatever over to those people sufferin' on The Shore. Cain't do that much. But I'm here. So I cain't do nothin'."

The four novellas in LMBFWY are:

o "I'm Here": Frank is asked by Arnie to view his ruined beach house, which Frank sold to him nearly a decade earlier. As they mourn the wrecked house together, Arnie seems angry and menacing and actually alarms Frank, who is simply bearing witness ("I'm Here"). Eventually, Arnie finds solace in Frank's company (and also lets go of blaming Frank for his personal disaster). In character, Frank thinks: "There is nothing that I can do--the familiar dilemma for people my age."

o "Everything Could Be Worse": Frank invites Mrs. Pines, an African-American and stranger, into his house. Oddly discomfited by her presence, the impersonal Frank confides in Mrs. Pines and tells her of his wee son who died decades before from a preventable illness. "I have dream conversations with my son Ralph... He's forty-three in my dreams and a stockbroker. He gives me investment advice." In the spirit of disclosure, Mrs. Pines tells Frank her own story of loss, which shows that "Everything Could Be Worse." Their conversation, says Frank, has violated "....the belief-tenet on which I've staked much of my life: better not to know many things."

o "The New Normal": Frank, in a gesture of goodwill, visits Ann, his first wife, who has early stage Parkinson's disease and lives in a swanky assisted living community. To get along with the touchy and controlling Ann, Frank tries to summon his Default Self: "...a man who doesn't lie (or rarely), who presumes nothing from the past, who takes the high, optimistic road (when available), who doesn't envision the future, who streamlines his utterances (no embellishments), and in all instances acts nice." It doesn't work. But the interaction between Frank and Ann is fabulous and, in a dour way, very funny.

o "Deaths of Others": Frank describes and justifies various strategies that he is using to narrow the number of important relationships in his life. Then, Eddie Medley, a bygone acquaintance, calls Frank for a deathbed chat and Frank, against his instincts, decides, reluctantly, to go. Once again, the interaction, this time between Frank and the cancer-stricken Eddie, is superb.

Highly recommended.
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There is something that matters here 17. November 2014
Von Mark Town - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I imagine that those of us who have read and enjoyed the first three Bascombe books will greet this as an unexpected treat. For newcomers, it is not the book to start with. As I made my way through the early parts I thought of this as a mere trifle, but it grows on you. Yes, it is slight in length and lacks the weight of the earlier volumes. But there is something very affecting and moving here. And not inconsequential. As Bascombe notes friends can be overrated and friendships may not yield as much insight into this life as we might wish. Bascombe is not exactly a friend, but for me he has become a fellow traveler of sorts. I am grateful for that, and just a tad less lonely.
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Acceptance of growing older 13. November 2014
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In this fourth installment of the Frank Bascombe series, Frank, the author’s alter ego, is sixty-eight and is now having to seriously confront the ebbing away of his life to this point. Those familiar with Frank in the author’s three previous novels know him to be quite likeable but cautious and wary with a sense that the other shoe is ready to drop.

In this collection of four pieces, Frank hasn’t changed much, but he is if anything even more philosophical and seeing and resigned. He constantly points out convenient fictions that govern much behavior - even his own. Interestingly, appreciating that his life is in decline seems to instill an overriding calmness in Frank in his dealings with others.

The stories take place in Nov and Dec of 2012 in New Jersey, where hurricane Sandy has just wreaked massive destruction. In “I’m Here,” Frank is placed in the awkward position of meeting a man to whom he sold a now destroyed seaside mansion years ago. While the loss of property is certainly dramatic, Frank is far more chagrined with the man’s artificial appearance after plastic surgery. In “The New Normal,” Frank visits his ex-wife in an up-scale nursing home, while understandingly reviewing their attraction and decline.

While it is interesting to revisit Frank Bascombe and his unfiltered view of life, the rather disconnected scenarios in this book do not have the appeal of the better plotted previous books.
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reads like a novel 1. Dezember 2014
Von Joel McGehee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Let Me Be Frank With You is a series of three novellas which, because they are related to the same character in his later years, reads like a novel. Although there are many transient and humorous observations by the curmudgeonly Frank Bascome, the stories are over long for the material that they deal with to the point of being tedious. Still, I was able to be to identify with Frank Bascome because of the closeness in our years (he's 68 and I'm 73). Growing old really isn't for sissies which Frank aptly illustrates.
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