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Nobody's Fool

Russo, Richard (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Russo, Richard, 1949-
Title: Nobody's fool
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
Characteristics: 549 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Russo
Notes: Previously published: New York : Random House, c1993
ISBN: 0679753338
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUSSO
Subject Headings: City and town life New York (State) Fiction
Genre/Form: Black humor (Literature)
Topical Term: City and town life
LCCN: 93042193
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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 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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