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3.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating read, 8 Jan. 2013
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I love the Bascombe novels, and RIchard Ford's style seems almost effortless, as all great writers can make a novel seem. But this book didn't work for me in the same way as the Bascombe series. It starts promisingly enough, with a description of a typically dysfunctional family, as only Ford can hatch them. But the way the story unfolds, effectively in two halves (either side of the border between the US and Canada) is the disappointment. Part one is just about believable (I won't give out any spoilers), but is on the cusp of being too clearly a creation. Part two tips over that edge. You know the new lead character is a wrong 'un, but the way that ultimately presents itself is both predictable and unbelievable - in other words, you see the denouement coming, but you can't quite believe that's where Ford is taking the story. Beautifully written isn't enough sometimes, and unfortunately the plot here emphasises that.
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