A Story About a Middle Aged Man, The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

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The sportswriter is a 1986 novel written by Richard Ford. The book revolves around a middle-aged man, Frank Bascombe, who shares his life problems through out the chapters. Among the many issues that Bascombe faced, divorce seems to come across as the main one as it has changed his life completely. Frank Bascombe seems that he is not able to move on from his ex, as he shows signs of regret and loneliness through out the book.

Richard Ford begins the book with an introduction to Bascombe life but immediately shifts to the divorce and how it all happened. “It was stated in court by X’s sleaze-ball lawyer, Alan, that my travel was the cause of our trouble, especially after Ralph died. And though that isn’t technically true-it was a legal reason X and I invented together-it is true that I have always loved the travel that accompanies my job.” (Ford7). Not only that he also mentioned that towards the end of Frank’s marriage he became lost in some dreaminess “sometimes I would wakeup in the morning and open my eyes to X lying beside me breathing, and not recognize her! (Ford10). Richard Ford begins the book with mentioning the divorce because the rest of the book revolve around the era after the divorce, and the relationship Bascombe and X have now that the marriage has ended.

Frank’s relationship with his ex seems to be a normal relationship like any divorced couples and mainly involves their children. But in the first chapter when Frank meets X in a cemetery, he goes through…