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Nobody's Fool | [Richard Russo]

Nobody's Fool

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In this slyly funny and moving novel, Richard Russo follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town, and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens. Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, sixty-year-old 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. Don't miss this great novel of impressive literary finesse shot through with wit and compassion.

© 1993 Richard Russo; (P) 2003 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Russo is a master craftsman....The blue-collar heartache at the center of [his] fiction has the sheen of Dickens but the epic levity of John Irving....Nobody's Fool is a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable human hopefulness." (The Boston Globe)
"...confident, assured novel sweeps the reader up in the daily life of its characters." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A delight." (Library Journal)

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    Renae Clark 11-04-07
    Renae Clark 11-04-07
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    "Good read/listen"

    This is the second of the author's books that I have listened to and enjoyed. His characters are always interesting and the dialogue witty and flows quite naturally. The only fault I had was the less than satisfying ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darrolyn minneapolis, MN, USA 10-26-03
    Darrolyn minneapolis, MN, USA 10-26-03
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    "sad to see it end....absolutely wonderful story!!"

    Russo is a master! I finished this book a week ago and am still thinking about the characters. This is rare for me. Often, too often in fact, I finish a book and a week later can't remember it at all. This well written book has no wasted words and no repetition. I fell in love with the characters and would like to pack up and move to this town and get to know them even better. I was disappointed when the story ended because I didn't want to leave this town or the people. The narrator is just perfect. i can still hear him saying...."Sully, Sully, Sully". It's not a thriller or adventure story, but it's more a book you want to read when you want to lay back and watch, listen to, learn from and be entertained by people...it's hard for me to put into words...it's about nothing(if you call life nothing) and it's about everything...you will have to read it to see what I mean and I think you will agree with me that it is definitely worth the time spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Texas 05-25-10
    Janet Texas 05-25-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "I fell in love with Sully..."

    and his town and most of its people. Plot or not, Russo made them all come alive, and I enjoyed every minute and was sorry to see the story end.

    I wasn't wild about McLarty's choice of voice for Sully ( Paul Newman will always be Sully in my mind!), but it's still a superb job of narrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 04-25-10
    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Small plot, complex characters"

    Long on character development and short on plot, this book held my interest in anticipation of some dramatic twist which unfortunately never occurred. I never really lost interest but I also never felt compelled to keep listening to see what was going to happen. I could leave it for days at a time without feeling compelled to keep plowing through it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Richmond, VA, USA 09-30-09
    James Richmond, VA, USA 09-30-09
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    "Are you serious? He's the main character?"

    How was I going to possibly relate to or care about Sully, a 60 year old, unmotivated, self-focused boor and his small town - seemingly so different and removed from my life - for a 24 hour "read"? I was told in one these reviews that Russo writes like Wally Lamb, one of my favorites - so I launched in. Not a bad comparison of authors. Russo takes us on a pleasant, meandering journey through the town of North Bath, New York and by the end of the story we get to know the characters of this town intimately, and guess what? I like this blue collar town; it reminds me a lot of my own. And as for Sully; he reminds me alot of me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 09-19-07
    Philip 09-19-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Nobody's Fool"

    As a former English major I would have scoffed at anyone listening to audio books. Worse than Cliff Notes I would have said. Now as a parent and working in sales with hours spent in the car I must confess a passion for the spoken word and Richard Russo can not be beat I have "read" Empire Falls,
    and Straight Man "my favorite" I find his characters so full of compassion and humanity that by the end of his story I want to meet these people to follow their lives. He reminds me of Steinbeck with his roots in lives of the average
    man, woman, and child. Flawed like us all yet with
    the determination to move forward. I would strongly endorse this man's words; If you are humble enough to remember your own roots, or interested enough to spend time in another's
    shoes this story is wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great read"

    This is the story about a rather obnoxious person - a handyman or dayworker who seems to do his best to destroy his own life, but always comes out on top. Life is full of people like him, but very few are as stable and humourous as this person. I grew very fond of him. In fact, I'd like to read more about him, and this as good a grade as a writer can get from his reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caryn Durbanville, South Africa 09-15-10
    Caryn Durbanville, South Africa 09-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"

    Finished listening to it the first time and went on to listen to it from the beginning again! It's like a song that you can't get enough of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Stillwater , OK, USA 12-17-09
    Tom Stillwater , OK, USA 12-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful book, wonderful narrator"

    Donald Sullivan (Sully) is the Don Quixote of upstate New York. I loved this one so much I listened to it twice, which is a first for an audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris New Jersey 12-16-09
    Chris New Jersey 12-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book - good narration"

    This book draws you in - the main character is as much the town as the "Nobody's Fool" of the title. Very enjoyable with lots of those moments when you recognize the truth in the writing - thought provoking. However, if you are looking for a fast pace with lots of action this probably isn't the book for you. The narrator did a very good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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