Richard Ford Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Richard Ford Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Richard Ford’s novels have been called neorealist and minimalist, and, although Ford disavows a connection to the minimalist school of writing, a deceptive simplicity of style does mark his novels. In response to the clutter of contemporary American life, Ford has retreated into a spare vision in which each image in his stripped-down prose resounds beyond itself. In the same fashion, the simple relationships of family and friendship that form the nexus of hisnarratives imply larger complexities. Ford often writes in the first person, and his centralprotagonists tend to be the marginalized: observers, outsiders, people carried away by circumstances. The mood of his novels is often one of impermanence, and this finds its analogue...

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