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That Old Cape Magic | [Richard Russo]

That Old Cape Magic

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.
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That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

The storytelling is flawless throughout, moments of great comedy and even hilarity alternating with others of rueful understanding and heart-stopping sadness, and its ending is at once surprising, uplifting and unlike anything this Pulitzer Prize winner has ever written.

©2009 Richard Russo; (P)2009 Random House

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    KonaChar Tallahassee, FL 10-09-10
    KonaChar Tallahassee, FL 10-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you're looking to be depressed ..."

    I love Richard Russo's writing, most of his characters, and his sometimes offbeat way of looking at things. Unfortunately everything just can't be perfect all the time. I stayed with this because I truly enjoy Russo's writing and I wanted to see how everything turned out, but it was just so depressing that it robbed me of a fair amount of the pleasure I look forward to in his books. It's well-written, as always, just not something to pick up if you're looking to be entertained.

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    Becky Flagstaff, AZ, USA 04-21-10
    Becky Flagstaff, AZ, USA 04-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very enjoyable book"

    I greatly enjoyed the storyline in this book. The author does a good job developing the characters and giving just the right amount of history to develop the scene. I felt that there was a good mix of humor and darkness to make the book believable. I will be buying more books from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Austin, TX, USA 12-06-09
    Walter Austin, TX, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Good but not his best"

    I have become a real fan of Richard Russo. His very best it seems to me was Nobody's Fool. That Old Cape Magic has echos of Straight Man without some of humor of the later.

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    Eileen Raleigh, NC, USA 09-19-09
    Eileen Raleigh, NC, USA 09-19-09
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    "Nothing to write home to Mother about"

    I had to listen to this whole thing for a bookclub and frequently wanted to ask, "Are we there yet?". It was labored and self-conscious with a bizarre seasoning of slap-stick. Huh??

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gin Durham, NC, USA 11-16-09
    Gin Durham, NC, USA 11-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "thumbs down"

    Although I have read Russo twice before ("Empire Falls" and "Bridge of Sighs") I found this novel basically boring and wondering why I should care about the protagonist or his problems (I get it... his parents could not love him... let's move on). I do recognize how brilliantly the author can construct a sentence and was many times blown away by his prose, but I would not recommend this novel.

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    Mary Ryan 02-08-11
    Mary Ryan 02-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh"

    This works fine as an audiobook, but the story was a downer and it was hard to feel connected to the characters.

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    David Bardstown, KY, United States 11-03-09
    David Bardstown, KY, United States 11-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but not great"

    I enjoy Richard Russo's books and this one as well, however it was not one of his best.

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    Napagal florida 10-19-09
    Napagal florida 10-19-09 Member Since 2008

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    "This Book was just plain AWFUL!"

    I don't care how technical you want to get, but I listened to this till the end and it was bad from start to finish

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