Category Archives: Rock Springs

Comment to BrittanyFox-Response to “Shame in Richard Ford’s Children”

Brittany, I agree with you about the fact that the characters stuck between adolescence and adulthood, especially in terms of Claude and George “Children” is a coming of age story, but isn’t truly about childhood at all; it consists of … Continue reading

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Richard Ford “Fireworks”

Reading a story in third person after reading so many works in first person was interesting to me because I found myself reading the story as if it was in first person and had to keep reminding myself that it … Continue reading

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“Empire”

In “Empire,” I noticed what seemed to be an emotional disconnect with the character the story revolves around and the actions taking place.  I wondered if this was perhaps just a reaction to reading so many short stories that are … Continue reading

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Richard Ford, “Communist”

As always, I enjoy Ford’s work, but as I continue to read it, I end up getting confused as to what parts belong in what stories. I pretty much see all of his stories converging into one story that has … Continue reading

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Richard Ford: “Optimists”

I think that this story is one of the best in Richard Ford’s collection.  Once again, he begins this story like he did all the others, by telling us that it happened in the past and it wasn’t a happy … Continue reading

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Disappointment in “Winterkill”

The overarching theme I noticed in Ford’s “Winterkill” is the feeling of disappointment, and how we as humans are able to come to terms with these frustrations.  That disappointment, while bitter, becomes a turning point.  I liked how Ford played … Continue reading

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Richard Ford’s “Going to the Dogs”

To me, this story was quite different to read then the past Ford stories.  Throughout the other stories, I got a true sense of how sad and tragic the main character was and everything starts to come undone as a … Continue reading

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Richard Ford, “Children”

Claude’s character is a tough guy, a smart alec even, who is very proud and harbors a lot of anger.  It seemed like he was afraid to show any emotion other than anger or that he didn’t care — that … Continue reading

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Comparing the 3

Each story I read, at the end I always end up reflecting on how that story fits with the particular author’s writing style and how each of the three writers differ from one another.  I think I’ve said it in … Continue reading

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Shame in Richard Ford’s “Children”

“Though just from her voice then I could tell this didn’t matter to her.  Shame didn’t mean any more to her than some other way you could feel on a day–like feeling tired or cold or crying.  It went away, … Continue reading

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