A Review of Richard Ford, in The Economist (12 May 2012) — A Particular Form of American Angst

The husband made self a margarita.  The tequila was Hornitos.  Wow, it was fabulous.

Now, on to the proper subject of this post:  the book review section of The Economist of 12 May 2012 (Self knows it is July.  She’s been traveling, as dear blog readers well know)

In this issue, there is a review of Mark Haddon’s new novel, The Red House, and it is a good one.  Self wants to read The Red House.

Now, on to the review of the Richard Ford novel, Canada.  It so happens that self also read a review of Canada, in The New York Times Book Review.  She thinks The Economist review is the better one.

For one thing, the review begins with reference to the 1986 Richard Ford novel, The Sportswriter:  “As the title suggests, he is a sportswriter, quietly sleepwalking through his suburban life in the wake of his oldest son’s death.  Frank is emotionally ruined but does not realize it, except in post-facto fits and starts.  This is life’s common tragedy:  understanding always comes late, if it comes at all.”

The review also makes reference to Independence Day, calling that novel perhaps Ford’s “most profound and moving work,” as well as The Lay of the Land (2006), calling it “both funnier and considerably more expansive than its predecessors.”  Clearly, the reviewer is a Ford aficionado.

Then it goes on to discuss Canada, and self finds herself less than enthused but also mildly encouraged by the description of a character named Bev, “the kind of good-natured guy who was not quite handsome or charming enough to get by on such gifts, but who never managed to cultivate any other skills.”

And now self thinks it is time to return to her margarita.  Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

8 p.m. Friday, Redwood City, California

Today was hot.

Self was struck by the way the light fell through the matchstick blinds in son’s room:

Early evening as viewed from son’s bedroom. Today is his birthday.

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