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Nobody's Fool

Russo, Richard

(Book - 1994)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nobody's Fool
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Richard Russo's slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York--and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years. Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 0679753338
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUSSO
Characteristics: 549 p. ;,21 cm

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“In his slyly funny and moving new novel, the author ... follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town--and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens.” Russo’s books are often funny but also deeply moving: they’re about the drama and heartache and humor in th... Read More »

In his slyly funny and moving new novel, the author of The Risk Pool follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town--and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens.


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Aug 11, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'd seen the film version of this, starring Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy (in her final role), years ago, but just read the book. While I liked the movie, it hardly does justice to the book, which is much more involved, detailed, and moving. Russo focuses on a small, sleepy upstate New York town with the intensity of a 19th century novelist, and with the dry, sometimes bleak humor of Raymond Carver. His sorta hero is Sully, an older man who wouldn't have any luck if it weren't for bad luck. He's divorced, doesn't have a steady job, has a bum leg, and is generally regarded as a bum, even by his friends. Yet Russo makes him and the other denizens of this shabby little town come to life, without mocking them or cheapening their experience. It's a rare gift. It has moments of humor, moments of heartbreak, and moments of grace and should be seen as one of the great American novels of the last 25 years.

Aug 07, 2010
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although not as nose-snortingly funny as "Straight Man', "Nobody's Fool" has Richard Russo bringing dark humor closer to the surface than he normally does. (Contrasted, for instance, with "Bridge of Sighs").

A sardonic handyman's delicate but hilarious accommodations with the world around him collapse, as he struggles to find a new equilibrium.

The 1995 film based on this novel stars Paul Newman & Jessica Tandy and was directed by Robert Benton.

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Unlucky Sully faces numerous obstacles--a bum knee, terminal underemployment, and a not-too-helpful group of friends--as he copes with a new problem, his long-estranged son.

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