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My introduction to the fascinating phenomena associated with detonation waves came through appointments as an external fellow at the Department of Physics, University College of Wales, and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds. Very special thanks for his accurate guidance through the large body of information on gaseous detonations are due to Professor D. H. Edwards of University College of Wales. Indeed, the onerous task of concisely enumerating the key features of unidimensional theories of detonations was undertaken by him, and Chapter 2 is based on his initial draft. When the text strays to the use of we, it is a deserved acknow- ledgement of his contribution. Again, I should like to thank Professor D. Bradley of Leeds University for his enthusiastic encouragement of my efforts at developing a model of the composition limits of detonability through a relationship between run-up distance and composition of the mixture. The text has been prepared in the context of these fellowships, and I am grateful to the Central Electricity Generating Board for its permission to accept these appointments.
Let Me Be Frank With You
Richard Ford returns to the territory that sealed his reputation as a master: the world of Frank Bascombe
In his masterful trio of novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely-discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe.
Now, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Bascombe returns. Sixty-seven years old, ensconced in a quiet suburb in Haddam, New Jersey, Frank lives with his second wife Sally, enjoying the 'Next Level of life' - retirement. Unfolding over several days before Christmas, we follow Bascombe as he navigates life in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Sandy.
While Frank's house has been spared, the only damage to his property a broken windshield on his car, the effects of the hurricane seep into his life. His duty is to listen - to the man who bought Frank's beachfront house that now lies in ruins; to the woman left homeless by the storm that turns up on his doorstep; to his ex-wife, convinced that the hurricane has caused the Parkinson's disease that is slowly ravaging her body; and to an old acquaintance with advanced cancer, who ruminates painfully on his past.
In these four richly luminous, entwined narratives, Ford charts the waning years of Frank Bascombe, protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate, as he attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. Let Me Be Frank With You is both a moving, wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through modern America and a brilliantly nuanced meditation on ageing, grief and acceptance from a writer at the absolute height of his powers.
About the Author
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. He has published eight novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Canada. His novel, Independence Day, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. He lives in Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.
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