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Quiet Despair

Quiet despair is a major theme of this novel. The novel is about a man who has lost his son and his family in a short period of time. This man is desperate to be a part of a family again in order to hide from himself and to end the need to explore his own faults and shortcomings. This man, Frank Bascombe, lives in a state of quiet despair, desperate to find a direction in his life through the life of someone else. However, the woman he chooses to do this with decides that she does not want to spend the rest of her life with him.

At the same time, Frank makes friends with a man whose wife left him suddenly for another man. This friend, Walter, did not know his marriage was in danger and lives in a state of shock. One night, Walter...

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