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Nobody's Fool By Richard Russo Nobody s Fool Richard Russo s slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens Sully who has been doi

  • Title: Nobody's Fool
  • Author: Richard Russo
  • ISBN: 9780679753339
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nobody's Fool By Richard Russo Richard Russo s slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man s, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemiRichard Russo s slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.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.
    Nobody's Fool By Richard Russo

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    1. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      Richard Russo is an extraordinary storyteller I loved Nobody s Fool just a shade less than Empire Falls, although I liked Sully than Miles I think Empire Falls was a little subtle, but Nobody s Fool still has some amazing writing I enjoyed North Bath and its nemesis Schuyler Springs, NY nearly as much as Empire Falls, ME There were a lot of similarities between the two books, the rundown New England towns, and the characters what holds everything together is Russo s incredible prose.Nobody s F [...]

    2. Kemper on said:

      The main character of this book, Donald Sully Sullivan, is a routinely careless man who left his wife and had almost nothing to do with raising his son He s had an affair with a married woman for twenty years, and he s lusting after yet another man s wife Sully also drinks and gambles on a near daily basis At one point in this book he pimp slaps a woman, and there s another part in which he engages in an act that probably meets the legal definition of animal cruelty Sounds like a real bastard, d [...]

    3. Carol on said:

      4.5 Stars Sometimes funny.Sometimes Sad.Sometimes even made me mad NOBODY S FOOL is a story about nothing really.just every day life in a small failing town with unusual and addictive characters, each with their own problems and unorthodox ways.A flawed 60 year old Donald Sullivan, Sully with his sarcastic mouth and bum knee lead the reader on a memorable and often humorous ride through some of the unluckiest days of his life which is most of them while his big heart and compassion for the old a [...]

    4. Andrew Smith on said:

      I m fascinated by the idea of small town America I ve never experienced it in person, just read about it in books or seen it depicted in films and television programmes The concept seems just so different to any English town I can think of, all of which seem too close to their nearly identical neighbour to offer up anything but another homogeneous collection of chain stores, Costa Coffee shops and charity outlets Ok, I m probably being a little harsh on small towns in my own country here, or may [...]

    5. Algernon on said:

      Throughout his life a case study of underachiever, Sully people still remarked was nobody s fool, a phrase that Sully no doubt appreciated without ever sensing its literal application that at sixty, he was divorced from his own wife, carrying on halfheartedly with another man s, estranged from his son, devoid of self knowledge, badly crippled and virtually unemployable all of which he stubbornly confused with independence Donald Sullivan believes that if he keeps his head down, travels light thr [...]

    6. Michael O'Neill on said:

      I listened to Nobody s Fool while driving a rented moving van across country and regretted only that I was by myself and had no one else to laugh with, cry with, commiserate with, or just plain hug when it ended I ve read a few of Richard Russo s books and I don t understand why he doesn t have a statue on the Washington Mall Must be only because he is still alive Of all his books, Nobody s Fool is, by far, my favorite And Sully, the main character, is, to my mind, an American hero A beat up agi [...]

    7. Camie on said:

      My third read by Richard Russo, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls, did not disappoint Sully is 60, divorced, out of work, has a bum leg , and lives in his 8th grade teachers attic This story about the bordering on foul mouthed, hard drinking, and slightly womanizing curmudgeon who is set among a quirky cast of characters living in a down and out town in upstate New York is told with a sharp wit and surprisingly enough is pretty darn heart touching as well Full of good intentions [...]

    8. Margitte on said:

      The blurb Richard Russo s slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.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 followin [...]

    9. Cheri on said:

      Donald Sullivan, Sully to his friends, has always been a bit of a go with the flow kind of guy, not really planning ahead, or pausing to think of the ramifications of some adventure Regardless of the outcome, it takes a while for him to ponder a notion that would allow for his having made the wrong choice He s managed so far, but at sixty, he s not managing quite as well as he used to, at least not physically Divorced, with an occasional lady friend who is married, a group of friends, the person [...]

    10. El on said:

      I ve long said that I don t do well with hilarious novels, or the kind that states somewhere on a blurb on the cover of the book that it s the funniest thing ever I feel these books are trying to make me laugh and that s exhausting Whoops, was I supposed to laugh at that Let me go back and see if it s funny Nope, still barely made me crack a smiler Books that feature characters that were written with the sole purpose of getting laughs, mean kind of laughs, at a character s expense Yeah, I don t [...]

    11. Steve on said:

      In my mind, Russo is one of the best authors out there and this is one of his best books It s something about the way he combines humor, real life situations, unpretentious people, genuine empathy, and a plot to tie it together Oh, and he writes really well, too Nobody s Fool has several of the best characters of all time Sully is hard to beat as a likably flawed, smarter than he seems survivor in a seemingly small world This world matters plenty to the reader, though, crafted as it is by Russo [...]

    12. Anna on said:

      I don t know exactly why I love Richard Russo so much not true I like him because his characters are granted senses of humor in almost direct proportion to their integrity , but while reading this I had that gluttonous I love this book and can t stop reading it but wish I could keep reading it forever and that there were tons RR novels that I could read when I m through feeling.Anyway, we should all live in a world where the definition of a villain is someone with no sense of humor If only the [...]

    13. Jessaka on said:

      This is interesting, I have five likes, and I haven t finished reading the book, nor have I made any comments on it I think that some people like that I am reading this most boring, interesting, and somewhat raunchy book Every day I pick it up and try to make myself read 20 pages Sometimes they give me a chuckle, other times my mind floats away, and the book is great for going to bed and falling to sleep easily, but then you forget what you have read My husband was a construction worker like Sul [...]

    14. Leighann on said:

      I know, I know You ve probably read Empire Falls already But why not read this Russo classic from 1994 Russo perfectly captures the desolation of small towns that have always longed to be something than they are Towns that long for old days You know, those times when manufacturing jobs were plentiful When you worked at your great grandfather s business on Main Street as a kid and then took it over when you became an adult Hey, I don t remember these times, but Russo paints what is left of these [...]

    15. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      Richard Russo is a god Okay, well, maybe only a demigod, but he s a literary deity for sure He s the only author I know of who can write a story where nothing much of anything happens and yet it s so enjoyable to read He s created his own genre dying small towns in northeastern U.S He creates the most vivid, real characters of any author I ve read He also has a sneaky, quirky sense of humor that I love.Nobody s Fool centers on Sully, a sixty year old lovable ne er do well who can never quite see [...]

    16. Char on said:

      I didn t find this to be quite as compelling as Empire Falls was, but it was damn close Ron McClarty narrated Nobody s Fool, as he did Empire Falls , and I ADORE this man s voice I will be looking for works from both of these gentlemen.

    17. ☮Karen on said:

      Another good Russo study of a dying town in the N.E corner of America and the cranky, yet or less likable, people who live there Even though the book was written 20 years ago, it feels timeless Don t we all know a Sully a 60 year old wise cracking guy with a bad knee who gets involved in everything without taking actual responsibility And his retired school teacher landlady whose son has dollar signs in his eyes dreaming of the day he can sell her house for a nice profit Middle class people stu [...]

    18. Danika on said:

      I ve loved the other books by this author Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs , but this one really did not grab me Like the others, it is set in a small, dying town in upstate NY The cast of characters here was especially unlikable and I could NOT get into the story Hence, it took me 6 weeks to finish this 550 page epic It did get a bit better by the end, but not sure why I tortured myself so long.

    19. Fred Forbes on said:

      I came across an item on the book Everybody s Fool and found it is a sequel to Nobody s Fool and fortunately, Costco had that on the table as well It has been a long time since I read Empire Falls which won the Pulitzer but I remembered from that book, set in a similar place that the book is long on character, short on plot Life, in other words I need to be in a certain mood for that type of tome so picked up and dove into this one.Anyone who has grown up or spent time in a small Northeastern to [...]

    20. Kate on said:

      This was a reread for me and I first read it when it was published It was a favorite then and remains a favorite I so enjoyed the 10 days I spent with Sully and friends and enemies in the fictional town of North Bath Richard Russo writes beautifully about small town life and its issues Sully is a partially abled 60 year old, stubborn and sometimes mean, who lives with his series of questionable choices He has a strong personal moral code which at times confounds his friends with how difficult it [...]

    21. Chrissie on said:

      The dialogs are negative, derogatory and filthy Too many of the characters are pathetic loosers Mind you, I am not one to say that people should be focused on monetary success over kindness to fellow human beings I find the book extremely depressing and totally boring There is some humor, but it is negative too.I have listened to six hours of twenty four and have decided to give up I only do that if I really detest a book I recommend this book to no one.

    22. JoAnn on said:

      4.5 5 stars overall5 stars for the audio productionNobody tells a story like Richard Russo Set in rural upstate NY in the 1980s, this IS small town blue collar life, with all the rough edges and political incorrectness I loved every page of this book and will read the sequel, Everybody s Fool soon The audiobook, narrated by Ron McLarty, is my favorite so far this year.

    23. Kasa Cotugno on said:

      Read this book during an ill advised all nighter spent at Lagardia Airport It kept me enthralled and removed me from my uncomfortable situation.

    24. Joy H. on said:

      I enjoyed reading _Nobody s Fool_ As I was reading it, I couldn t help but picture Jack Nicholson playing the part of Sully In fact, to me, the rascally Sully was Jack Nicholson This idea popped into my mind, spontaneously and unbidden In fact, I expected everyone who read the book to have the same idea A short survey proved me wrong That puzzled me because I was convinced that the choice of Nicholson would be obvious to everyone So I was a bit disappointed when Paul Newman was chosen to play Su [...]

    25. Shawn Mooney on said:

      Interesting, fairly well written with well drawn characters, often very funny And, I almost hated this novel by the end The one saving grace was the wonderful Miss Beryl, a sharp witted, cantankerous 80 year old widow would that she d been the main character No such luck the protagonist is Sully, a perpetually down on his luck sixty year old loser of a divorcee who s spent his whole life evading any and all responsibility to anyone nursing grudges, especially against his dead, abusive dad and hi [...]

    26. Jaclyn Crupi on said:

      Damn it was good to be back in North Bank with Sully and co A re read before I jump into Everybody s Fool Russo is so good at capturing small town USA This book is problematic than I remember it being when I first read it but overall it s a joy to read.

    27. Ginger Bensman on said:

      Nobody s Fool is a quiet, funny, sly book that both entertains and touches the reader s heart, at least it touched mine I read this book to my husband a chapter or two at a time in the evenings, and oh, didn t we look forward to spending our hour with the citizens of small town, economically crumbling, and ever hopeful Bath, New York Richard Russo s characters are drawn with such skill and grace, I couldn t help but love and root for every single one of them I don t believe there s a writer out [...]

    28. Paul Secor on said:

      Parts of the film, Nobody s Fool, were filmed in my old home town, Fishkill, N.Y and I ended up seeing the film before I read the book The film was actually true to the book, given the time constraints of film When I did read the book, I loved it The only thing that I carried over from the film was that I kept picturing Paul Newman as Sully He made that character his own Another reviewer here said that she imagined Jack Nicholson as Sully I can imagine that too, but Paul Newman did just fine.I g [...]

    29. Laura on said:

      A few chapters into this book, I realized with joy that I had found a new author whose works I would enjoy tremendously Please let this not be his only book, I thought, and I was not disappointed.Once again, I find that it is the characters, than plot or writing style, that make this one of my favorite books The plot and style are great too, though Unusual, lovable, flawed, and most of all hilariously WITTY Maybe because it was my first Russo, this remains my favorite of his novels, but the oth [...]

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