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Sorry For Your Trouble: Stories

Sorry For Your Trouble: Stories

Écrit par Richard Ford

Raconté par Stephen Mendel


Sorry For Your Trouble: Stories

Écrit par Richard Ford

Raconté par Stephen Mendel

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3.5/5 (10 évaluations)
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8 heures
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May 12, 2020
ISBN:
9780062969842
Format:
Livre audio

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A landmark new collection of stories from Richard Ford that showcases his brilliance, sensitivity, and trademark wit and candor!

In Sorry for Your Trouble, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Richard Ford enacts a stunning meditation on memory, love and loss.

"Displaced" returns us to a young man's Mississippi adolescence, and to a shocking encounter with a young Irish immigrant who recklessly tries to solace the narrator's sorrow after his father's death.

"Driving Up" follows an American woman's late-in-life journey to Canada to bid good-bye to a lost love now facing the end of this life.

"The Run of Yourself," a novella, sees a New Orleans lawyer navigating the difficulties of living beyond his Irish wife's death.

And "Nothing to Declare" follows a man and a woman's chance re-meeting in the New Orleans French Quarter, after twenty years, and their discovery of what's left of love for them.

Typically rich with Ford's emotional lucidity and lyrical precision, Sorry for Your Trouble is a memorable collection from one of our greatest writers.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
May 12, 2020
ISBN:
9780062969842
Format:
Livre audio

À propos de l'auteur

Richard Ford is the author of The Sportswriter and Independence Day. He is winner of the Prix Femina in France, the 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, and the Princess of Asturias Award in Spain.  He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Canada.  His story collections include the bestseller Let Me Be Frank with You, Rock Springs, and A Multitude of Sins.  He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.


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    A man and woman, lovers 35 years earlier, have a chance meeting in New Orleans and consider their futures and their pasts. A middle-aged American lawyer living in England contemplates life as he takes the ferry to Dublin to finalize a divorce from his Irish wife. A mother and her son in 1950s Mississippi face reduced circumstances after the death of the father. A lawyer in New Orleans tries to move on after his Irish wife commits suicide in their Maine summer home. A lawyer, recently divorced from his unfaithful wife, takes his bitter 12-year old daughter to say goodbye to a classmate whose family is leaving New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. A divorced school teacher from rural Ireland has an affair with the husband of her college roommate. A woman divorced from an Irishman and a widowed man get married in New York City, but then see their relationship dissolve after only two years while on a trip to Maine.Those are the basic plotlines explored in several of the stories comprising Richard Ford’s collection of short fiction Sorry For Your Trouble. Most of the nine tales in the volume are fairly brief, although two of them—‘The Run of Yourself’ and ‘Second Language’—are long enough to be labeled as novellas (wherever that line is actually drawn). If there is a common theme that connects these stories it is the focus on people who must live beyond some sort of traumatic loss, such as a divorce, the death of a loved one, or losing a job. However, there is also a distinct feeling of sameness that pervades the entire book; it really felt at times that I was reading a too-similar version of the same melancholic account over again as I moved from one story to another. In fact, the entire book felt more like multiple variations of the same idea rather than a series of distinct and original treatments, as if the author’s intention was to create a literary riff on something like Bach’s Goldberg Variations.To be sure, Ford is a masterful wordsmith, who has long been one of my favorite writers. His insight into human nature and ability to capture the joys and angst of living have made both his Bascombe novels (especially Independence Day) and short fiction (Rock Springs) some of the most memorable books I have read. While this collection shows flashes of the same brilliance—including many stunningly crafted sentences scattered throughout—it does suffer a bit by comparison. In particular, I did not find any of the stories to be all that engaging and many of the shorter ones felt far too fragmentary to be anything other than easily forgettable. Also, these are all overly serious, relentlessly depressing tales without a shred of humor or much in the way of redemption for any of the characters who have experienced significant losses. So, while I am certainly glad to have read Sorry For Your Trouble, I would not place it near the top of the author’s considerable catalog of work.

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