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In "Reunion," a man accidentally encounters the husband of a woman with whom he had an affair, and he is forced to relive an episode of his life he would rather have forgotten. In another story, a young couple is driving to a dinner party when the wife discloses an affair that she's been having with their host. Ford seems to be more interested in examining the aftermath of their infidelities than the affairs themselves--in particular, what happens when intimacy fails to provide the anticipated satisfaction. There are no easy, moral solutions at the end of each tale, no sense of peace or wisdom that the characters can attain. Instead, they are left to contemplate the repercussions of their actions and to try to salvage some greater self-understanding from the morass. By holding up this mirror to our own lives, Ford renders A Multitude of Sins an unsettling but rewarding read. --Jane Morris, Amazon.co.uk
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I can understand the criticism of the book, both here and elsewhere.
In this mode he knows a little too much about women's clothes, furniture, paintings, foreign languages, and makes too many references to books nobody has ever read.
I managed to force myself through this book, though I'm unsure why I did.
This is the first Ford book I have read and it will also be the last.
Though the first story of the collection showed an interesting simplicity of story telling, all the... Read more
excellent stories, but what else is new.....Ford is the man in in the new century---walker percy and Phillip roth in one lean and mean passage---but I really want one more ralph... Read morePublished 17 months ago by MAR
Richard Ford has two writing modes, the brutal,stark Hemingway mode (Rock Springs, Wildlife) and the cutesy, prissy mode (Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ed Arnold
Richard Ford is a brilliant writer. The "techniques" of writing he has definitely mastered: dramatic tension, foreshadowing, incisive dialogue, et al. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by John P. Jones III
Most of the stories in "A Multitude of Sins," particularly "Puppy" and "Abyss," ring true and authentic and resonate with feeling. Read morePublished on January 27, 2006 by Greg A. Locascio
Insistent and exquisite, Ford gives us a meditation on a theme. Using adultery as a filter, he examines the range of everyday sins that accompany lives unrealized and disconnected. Read morePublished on June 8, 2005 by frumiousb
The writing here is a great example of modern fiction that is American to it's core. After reading this I had to get more Richard Ford and just finished Independence Day which is... Read morePublished on June 5, 2005 by Dan
Richard Ford is a serious writer. The times I have talked to him I have felt an almost priestly demeanor and a respectful attitude as he talks about his writing. Read morePublished on April 22, 2004 by Tony Thomas
If an author sets out to write a collection of short stories about adultery, you'd think they'd have a lo say about it, right? Read morePublished on May 19, 2003 by A. Ross