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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747584966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747584964
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A modern book of great power. Ford writes with a stark
brilliance' -- Daily Telegraph

`A tour de force' -- Daily Telegraph

`Its power is mysterious and unmistakable ... extraordinary' -- Newsweek

`Richard Ford is one of the best writers in America' -- Face

`This is quality writing in the highest American tradition of
Faulkner, Hemingway and Steinbeck' -- The Times

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Runner up for the Ernest Hemingway Award 1976

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ijhodgson on 18 Sept. 2012
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Well, working my way through Ford's novels, and this is one of his best.

'A piece of my heart' follows the travails of two men drawn to the same part of Mississippi. Ford writes about 'place' well, and though the book is at times a little disconnected (readers need to skip back occasionally to work out HOW current incidents came about), descriptions are rich and deep. This means you can't read the text rapidly; there's very little redundancy in Ford's writing - much like the Great John Updike.

It feels longer than it actually is; not because its boring, but that the plot feels so elliptical, and this book will have you on the edge of your seat most of the time.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2002
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This is the first Richard Ford novel that I have read and I struggled with it at first because I found it hard to get used to the author's distinctive style of writing.
However, once I got used to the author's voice I became totally engrossed in the story. The characters and plot are simple and realistic, yet enigmatic and thought provoking. The language is plain but highly compelling and even poetic in places. The ending is haunting.
This is a brilliant reality tale and manages to be top quality literature without being the slightest bit pretentious. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art on 8 Dec. 2012
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Plenty of atmsphere in this tale but I am not sure whether the story or subject matter really interested me. Fortunately Ford became a brilliant writter after this early attempt.
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By para3drop on 31 Oct. 2014
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I found difficulty in tuning into the author's style of writing and gave up. Perhaps if i had been 'on' something I might have grasped the thread of his story.
Not for me.
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By Maggie BG on 15 Feb. 2015
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One of the best writers of this and the previous century. So a great book!
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