Nobody's Fool

Nobody's Fool

Book - 1994
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An unlucky man in a deadbeat town in upstate New York, Sully must overcome 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994, c1993.
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780679753339
Branch Call Number: FIC RUSSO, RICHARD
Characteristics: 549 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 13, 2017

Do yourself a favor and watch the DVD. It's as awful as the book, but will waste only two hours of your life. I was initially so interested in this book because the writing is excellent and the characters are so well developed, but there was NO PLOT. Literally nothing happened at the end. It was the story of some people's lives over the course of a few weeks and NOTHING happened at the end. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I like for well developed characters to reach some kind of conclusion by the end of 550 pages. Not so here.

Nov 22, 2016

Did not complete. Did not hold my attention....very boring.

Nov 14, 2016

What can I say except “Bravo, Mr. Russo, for making me care about such boring people, people I wanted to say ‘Get a life’.” Sully, an aging construction worker who seems to have ZERO going for him, has wormed his way into my heart because of Russo’s writing. Russo has shown that the boring everyday mundane happenings in our lives can make great stories.

Aug 25, 2016

I would like to pick this up in San Rafael

Aug 11, 2014

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 26, 2010

Rick Russo writes dialogue better than most, and this is a terrific example.

Aug 07, 2010

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.

SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

The 1995 film based on this novel stars Paul Newman & Jessica Tandy and was directed by Robert Benton.


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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

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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