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Nobody's Fool

Russo, Richard, 1949- (Book - 1993 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a humorous epic starring an unlucky man in an unlucky town, Sully must overcome numerous obstacles--a busted knee, unemployment, a broken truck, and a lack of money

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In 1750, without warning or apparent reason, the mineral springs of the colonial resort town of Bath, New York, ran dry. A little more than two hundred years later, after numerous warnings and for too many reasons, Sully, the unluckiest man in this unlucky town, isn't doing too hot either. He's broke, out of a job, and the owner of a dead pickup truck. The good news? Sully has the dumbest man in North Bath as his devoted friend, a long-suffering, long-married woman who loves him, a forgiving eighty-year-old landlady who converses with her late husband, a spastic doberman as a watchdog, and the finest one-legged drunken Jewish lawyer this side of Albany. Now, if Sully could only banish his father's slyly grinning ghost and earn his own son's respect, he might just turn the whole damn thing around.
Nobody's Fool is a funny, roguish novel that captures the imagination and provides a rich journey into a special world peopled by characters so real, so vital, we feel we've known them all our lives. As he did with his critically acclaimed Mohawk and The Risk Pool, Richard Russo brilliantly invents an unforgettable and luminously magical time and place. And, in doing so, Russo secures his place among America's great writers and most captivating storytellers.

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In a humorous epic starring an unlucky man in an unlucky town, Sully must overcome numerous obstacles--a busted knee, unemployment, a broken truck, and a lack of money. By the author of Mohawk. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Authors: Russo, Richard, 1949-
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Russo
Title: Nobody's fool
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1993
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 549 p. ; 25 cm.
Donor Note: Gift of the Getty Literary Endowment
LCCN: 92056844
ISBN: 0394577787
Research Call Number: JFE 93-7058
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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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