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En Sully's son Peter a morose college professor returns offering Sully a chance to address a lifetime of neglected responsibilities and threatening his carefree existen 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 uirky 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 that fizzle and aspirations never achieved he's an imperfect character that still manages to teach us a lesson or two I read this book in preparation for Russo's new release a long awaited first book 1994 book called Everybody's Fool which is due out May 4 in which the tale continues Sign me up 5 stars

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It is Thanksgiving in North Bath and Sully old Miss Beryl's feckless lodger does not have much to be thankful for His arthritic knee is acting up and so is his truck; h 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 doesn’t he Actually Sully is one of the most likable characters I’ve read in some time and most of the damage he inadvertently does to others is trumped by the amount he does to himselfIn the blue collar town of North Bath in upstate New York Sully is a 60 year old laborer with a bum knee that he injured on a job but rather than follow the advice of his lawyer and everyone else he knows Sully insists on returning to work rather than follow the legal course of trying to get full disability Why Even Sully couldn’t tell you but his insistence on doing things his way rather than the smart way is a lifelong habit with him The fact that this attitude has him perpetually broke with only a run down pick up truck to his name does nothing to hinder Sully’s commitment to turning left whenever someone tells him to go rightIf he’s low on money then Sully is rich in friends Or at least he has no shortage of people to bullshit and argue with as he makes his daily rounds of the coffee shop OTB and the local bar As Sully tries to get back to work while coping with his wrecked knee he bumps into his estranged son Peter and his family who are back in town for Thanksgiving Events eventually force Sully to face that even though he’s spent a lifetime trying to avoid even the mildest form of personal responsibility that there are some times when it can’t be dodged any longerI've seen the movie version of this with Paul Newman several times over the years and liked it so much that I always meant to pick up the book but never got around to it After checking out Russo’s Empire Falls and now this I’m wishing I’d been reading him for a lot longer Stories about small communities fallen on hard times are something he does exceedingly well in both and while there are a lot of similarities between his fictional towns he creates large and vivid casts of characters with their individual histories and motivations that feel uniue to each book There’s also than enough humor to keep the whole thing from becoming a boring slog about how hard life can beSully is a particularly great creation as a good natured slob with a self destructive streak that he acknowledges even as he feels no particular urge to change He’s smart enough to win most of the arguments he gets into but still usually too stubborn to lose a battle to win a war While he may bitch about how he’s spent his life working like a dog and yet doesn’t have to pot to piss in there’s also a feeling of general contentment about Sully As long as his truck starts and he can afford to bet his daily horse race and get a few beers at the bar he really doesn’t feel like he needs much It’s a bit long and there are a few too many sub plots for my taste The scaled down plot of the movie actually works better as a story It’s still a terrific book with a lead character that you can’t help but like even as you wish that he’d wise up just a little bit Lewis Carroll In His Own Account years and he’s lusting after Art of Magic the Gathering: Innistrad 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 doesn’t he Actually Sully is one of the most likable characters I’ve read in some time and most of the damage he inadvertently does to others is trumped by the amount he does to himselfIn the blue collar town of North Bath in upstate New York Sully is a 60 Esposa Humillada (Spanish Edition) year old laborer with a bum knee that he injured on a job but rather than follow the advice of his lawyer and everyone else he knows Sully insists on returning to work rather than follow the legal course of trying to get full disability Why Even Sully couldn’t tell Kto naprawdę go zabił? you but his insistence on doing things his way rather than the smart way is a lifelong habit with him The fact that this attitude has him perpetually broke with only a run down pick up truck to his name does nothing to hinder Sully’s commitment to turning left whenever someone tells him to go rightIf he’s low on money then Sully is rich in friends Or at least he has no shortage of people to bullshit and argue with as he makes his daily rounds of the coffee shop OTB and the local bar As Sully tries to get back to work while coping with his wrecked knee he bumps into his estranged son Peter and his family who are back in town for Thanksgiving Events eventually force Sully to face that even though he’s spent a lifetime trying to avoid even the mildest form of personal responsibility that there are some times when it can’t be dodged any longerI've seen the movie version of this with Paul Newman several times over the Masters of the Air years and liked it so much that I always meant to pick up the book but never got around to it After checking out Russo’s Empire Falls and now this I’m wishing I’d been reading him for a lot longer Stories about small communities fallen on hard times are something he does exceedingly well in both and while there are a lot of similarities between his fictional towns he creates large and vivid casts of characters with their individual histories and motivations that feel uniue to each book There’s also than enough humor to keep the whole thing from becoming a boring slog about how hard life can beSully is a particularly great creation as a good natured slob with a self destructive streak that he acknowledges even as he feels no particular urge to change He’s smart enough to win most of the arguments he gets into but still usually too stubborn to lose a battle to win a war While he may bitch about how he’s spent his life working like a dog and Legacy of the Gods yet doesn’t have to pot to piss in there’s also a feeling of general contentment about Sully As long as his truck starts and he can afford to bet his daily horse race and get a few beers at the bar he really doesn’t feel like he needs much It’s a bit long and there are a few too many sub plots for my taste The scaled down plot of the movie actually works better as a story It’s still a terrific book with a lead character that The Dome Builders Handbook you can’t help but like even as Pirelli World Rallying 2010-2011 you wish that he’d wise up just a little bit

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Is ex wife is at the end of her tether his mistress is giving him the cold shoulder and the grinning ghost of his father won't leave him alone The future looks bleak wh 45 Stars Sometimes funnySometimes SadSometimes even made me madNOBODY'S FOOL is a story about nothing reallyjust every day life in a small failing town with unusual and addictive characters each with their own problems and unorthodox waysA 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 and weak shine throughRusso does spin a great yarn and having loved and laughed my way through the movie adaptation many times with my husband I really thought I was going to wiz right through this 549 page novel but in fact did not Perhaps it was my mood or the bit of animal cruelty worse than I remember in the movie but I just thought it was a little slow and little longStill a great read though and am now all set to get back to these crazy characters in EVERYBODY'S FOOL Informal Work Talks and Teachings 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 and weak shine throughRusso does spin a great Understanding Soccer Tactics yarn and having loved and laughed my way through the movie adaptation many times with my husband I really thought I was going to wiz right through this 549 page novel but in fact did not Perhaps it was my mood or the bit of animal cruelty worse than I remember in the movie but I just thought it was a little slow and little longStill a great read though and am now all set to get back to these crazy characters in EVERYBODY'S FOOL