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Nobody's Fool

Russo, Richard (Book - 1993 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Jessica Tandy. Author reading tour. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Authors: Russo, Richard, 1949-
Title: Nobody's fool
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1993
Characteristics: 549 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0394577787
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rus
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Russo
Subject Headings: New York (State) Fiction City and town life Fiction
Genre/Form: Black humor (Literature)
Topical Term: City and town life
LCCN: 92056844
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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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