In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television. All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions. In short, Straight Man is classic Russo - side-splitting and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and impossible to put down.
© 1997 Richard Russo; (P) 2003 Random House, Inc.
"There is a big, wry heart beating at the center of Russo's fiction." (The New Yorker)
"[Russo] skewers academic pretensions and infighting with mad abandon...in a clear and muscular prose that is a pleasure to read...I had to stop often to guffaw, gasp, wheeze and wipe away my tears." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Russo can penetrate to the tender quick of ordinary, American lives." (Entertainment Weekly)
Richard Russo is one of the best writers living today. He's funny; he's witty; and he's insightful. I'd recommend any of his books. But this audio book is really worth the time. It got me from Orlando to Boston. You won't be disappointed.
Having thoroughly enjoyed 'Empire Falls' and 'Nobody
s Fool' and reading the raving reviews here, I was sorely disappointed in this BORING stream of first person 'cleverness' about nothing of interest.
I have a feeling that maybe this genre may appeal to academic insiders and admittedly, I dumped it at about the 4 hour mark. Maybe it gets better but I'll take a pass as no character or plot developed for me within my tolerable listening span.
This is a book about nothing. And not in the hilarious Seinfeld way. More in the snail's pace soap opera way. I don't see how this book ever got published since there is no character development, no plot, no thematic consistency. The book demonstrates a facility with language yet paradoxically has nothing to say. It's no more than a bunch of shallow, gossipy academics living out their daily trivialites with an occasional good laugh thrown in. But David Sedaris??? Not even close.
I was perhaps expecting too much when I heard this author was like John Irving, but I was still quite disappointed. The book lacks character development. Instead of following the main character through life and watching him grow, we follow a grumpy man while he stays grumpy and doesn't really learn anything new about himself. The book has some entertaining moments, but overall is a bore.
With such a high rating, I was anticipating a really good read but was sorely disappointed. The book is, frankly, boring. The dialogue is clever and the author has an excellent command of the language and sentence structure. Not enough I am afraid...I found myself shutting off this book to listen to other choices. Just did not hold my attention.
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