If you read this blog from time to time you know I’m a sucker for luxury apartments and houses as well as good design. I’m also deeply in love with New York City which is why New York penthouses and townhouses pop up on this page sometimes. I’m not in real estate, but the industry has fascinated me ever since I read Pulitzer Prize winner Independence Day by Richard Ford. The book deals with the life of real estate agent (among other things) Frank Bascombe and his family issues and although the reviews are torn for this book, I absolutely loved it. Together with American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis they are perhaps the strongest inspiration for my novel The Wake-Up Call. I recommend all three of them 🙂
Anyway, let’s get to the point…(cough)…penthouse.
It’s in TriBeCa and covers 10 000 square feet. Now I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (more pictures and details here)
There’s one book that has captured me more than any other and it’s called Independence Day by Richard Ford. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it, but every time I’m overjoyed by the rich language and the real characters. Every sentence is crafted to absolute perfection and you really sense Ford’s strong passon for language and storytelling.
The Independence Day is the second part of a trilogy of books featuring the same character, Frank Basecombe. Frank is a short-story writer turned sportswriter, turned real estate broker and the books captures a certain (usually short) period of time in his life.
The books in the trilogy are The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land and although they are all very good, Independence Day stands out as a unique piece of writing winning both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen prize in the same year.
Now there is a collection of all three books in one called The Bascombe Novels and if there’s one book that would bring you weeks of enjoyment and in many ways make you think about life, it’s that book.
Buy it before they run out of print again.
The only book I have read five (or so) times is Independence Day by Richard Ford. It is beautifully written that you just linger on pages and re-read paragrahs not to understand them, but to taste every wonderfully created sentence. It is truly a book to savour, which I am not alone to think as it got both the Pulitzer prize and the Pen/Faulkner award.
Independence Day is the second part of a trilogy (1st Sportswriter, 3rd Lay of the Land) but can be read independently.