Friday, March 5, 2010
Women with Men by Richard Ford
This book just reaffirmed why I do not normally go for short stories. Characters do not get developed fully, there's generally not a lot of complexity, and only rarely do they seem to stay with you. I get the feeling Ford never planned on publishing these three, or at least did not plan on publishing them in the same collection. The characters in the first and last story share a lot of traits and mannerisms. Actually, both seem like sketches that could have been combined to create one, more dynamic character. All three point to the idea that there is a lot of distance between those that are closest to each other. Even if that is true, it is depressing to read about. I do love the picture of Cameron and Fili though.