What is it like to be a 60-year Old man who has always avoided responsibility? Sully is that person in the book Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo. A person who everybody loves and hates, to varying degrees, and who deserves both, Sully finds that all of those responsibilities come to haunt him, along with thoughts of his abusive father, who Sully is slowly becoming as he spirals from the fear of responsibility, from the pain of his wrecked body, and from a reliance on alcohol and pain killers.
For a man who has always avoided responsibility, it is a difficult time. He is needed by his son Peter, who he has never shown any interest in, his ex-wife Vera, who hates him, and a grandson who he can't help loving. There are also the needs of his best friend Rub, his elderly landlady, his long-time girlfriend and her family,and various other characters who walk through his life and who he helps, even while doling out servings of his acid-tongued wit indiscriminately, unsparingly, and to great and horrible effect.
The narrator of this book displays amazing skill. There are many characters, all well written, in this book, and he brings life to all of them, adding to the author's fine description.
A lot happens in this book, but it is not written on a grand scale. It is a story of one man, and one town and by the end you love and hate them both, and wish that the story would go on forever.
I wanted a long book as I sometimes can't sleep at night. After a week with the book, I had not advanced beyond the 1 hour mark. The. Narrator. Reads. One. Word. At. A Time. ZZZZZZZ
How can anybody have even published this thing? The Ivy Chronicles is so low on the writing scale and so poorly edited that it can not be called a real book. Very often the main character Ivy will make a statement that will be totally contraindicated by the action. For instance, she says that she goes on a diet, proceeds to eat steak and cookies very soon thereafter, and then she is thin and gorgeous. Also she decides that public schools are good for her daughters, but then is thrilled when the gift of private school for life is given to her children. Many other instances. It is so poorly crafted it seems like it was written with a crayon. The narrator tries but her voice, combined with the constant whining that is considered conversation makes it trying to listen to. All in all, not worth the time or money.
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