A Multitude of Sins

A Multitude of Sins


Book - 2001
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Nearly four years after the publication of Women with Men, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford delivers another masterful work, one that reaffirms why The New York Times has called him "one of his generation's most eloquent voices." Only a storyteller as agile and finally serious as Richard Ford could produce an array of stories so rich and formally diverse upon a single grand theme -- love, intimacy and their dramatic failures. Ford's Multitude of Sins evokes, in an unflinching candor, our failure to be faithful, to be sincere, to be empathetic, to be patient, to be honest, to be passionate, ultimately to be loving toward those we desire or merely should care for. As in all his work, the settings are as distinct as Montreal is from New Orleans. Though, with the fiercest intensity here, Ford is again drawn to relations between women and men -- amorous liaison in and out and to the sides of marriage. There, his extraordinary stories contend, our entire sense of right and wrong is enacted, put on vivid and unforgettable display.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf, c2001.
ISBN: 9780676974140
Characteristics: 278 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 25, 2015

This book is a great study of interpersonal relationships, the intimate sort. Ford, a master as far as I am concerned, focuses on the shortcomings of long term relationships, the foibles of desire, our inability to be or remain satisfied with those we love. And how we stumble toward calamity and unsatisfying relations to remedy what we perceive as lacking. Yet something is always out of our reach, not what we dreamed up.
This collection of stories should be taught in a class soon after a marriage license has been obtained.

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