Everybody s Fool Richard Russo at the very top of his game now returns to North Bath in upstate New York and the characters who made Nobody s Fool a confident assured novel that sweeps the reader up accordi

  • Title: Everybody's Fool
  • Author: Richard Russo
  • ISBN: 9780307270641
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody s Fool 1993 a confident, assured novel that sweeps the reader up, according to the San Francisco Chronicle back then Simple as family love, yet nearly as complicated Or, as The Boston Globe put it, a big, rambunctious novel with endless riRichard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody s Fool 1993 a confident, assured novel that sweeps the reader up, according to the San Francisco Chronicle back then Simple as family love, yet nearly as complicated Or, as The Boston Globe put it, a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable human hopefulness The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years the ultra hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren t still best friends Sully s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure and now a regretful one We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident Bath s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even pressing and then there s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin And finally, there s Charice Bond a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer s office as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station Everybody s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human This is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

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    About "Richard Russo"

    1. Richard Russo

      RICHARD RUSSO is the author of seven previous novels two collections of stories and Elsewhere, a memoir In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple award winning HBO miniseries.

    559 thoughts on “Everybody's Fool”

    1. I doubt I’m the only one who’s ever driven through small town America and wondered, “What do these people do?” I’m not proud of my snobbery, but cop to it because I also know how to counter it. The antidote, as I’m sure you’ve all figured, is Richard Russo. His latest, a return to North Bath in upstate New York, offers a ready answer: they have lives. We who are high on our horses may look down and not see it, but these people have conflicts, interactions, feelings, flaws, and wisd [...]


    2. Richard Russo has not lost his touch, and that's for true. The sequel to Nobody's Fool is every bit as funny, morbid, and touching as its predecessor. Sully is a wonderfully lovable protagonist. The 10 year gap in literary time between the two books invites comparison to Updike's Rabbit tetrology, and indeed the descriptions of love, loss, remorse, and hope echo as strongly and vibrantly under Russo's pen as they do under Updike's. On the other hand, Sully's story is less bound to the decades it [...]


    3. If Richard Russo wasn’t a great writer he might have made a pretty good physicist because he seems to know all about inertia. Or at least he’s an expert at having his characters struggle against its force whether they're trying to get moving or change direction.This sequel to Nobody's Fool returns us to the blue collar town of Bath in upstate New York. A change in his circumstances from the previous book has made Donald Sullivan relatively prosperous with no need to work the kind of back bre [...]


    4. Onvan : Everybody's Fool (Sully, #2) - Nevisande : Richard Russo - ISBN : 307270645 - ISBN13 : 9780307270641 - Dar 477 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2016


    5. I'd rate this 4.5 stars.Sequels make me nervous. If I'm reading books featuring a regular character or a planned series, that's one thing, but I always worry when an author releases a follow-up, particularly if it's a book I loved. And when the sequel comes a long time after the original, I'm even more wary, because I can't help but wonder if the author will be able to capture the same magic they did originally.Needless to say, I had a lot of trepidation when I heard that Richard Russo had writt [...]


    6. This satirical tale of working class society in a worn-out industrial town in upstate New York called Bath entertained me with lots of shenanigans of its many fools. Fools like you and me, I presume. Men like Sully who don’t care about money and acquiring things, but find the most happiness at his favorite bar with beer, a card game, and joking with old friends. Or a man like Gus, the mayor, who keeps trying money-making development projects and takes it in stride when unforeseen disasters occ [...]


    7. A fun journey back to small town Bath, New York with some of the old and a few new faces too. least to my recollection.Truth be told, it did take me a while to get back into the story again, and I would have liked more of Sully overall, but before long, I was hooked on Russo's writing and the kooky fun-loving characters from Nobody's Fool.Get ready for plenty of laughs, a few crazy visits to the cemetery, and a scary prognosis. We also encounter a creepy psychopath, a vile, disgusting piece of s [...]


    8. A year ago, almost to the day, I finished reading Nobody’s Fool, Russo’s first book set in his imaginary town of North Bath, New York. I’d been introduced to Sully, Rub, Mrs Peoples and the rest of the cast and had enjoyed my time with them so much that I was delighted to learn that a follow-up book was also available. It was late August by the time I sat down to devour this second episode. But it didn’t quite turn out that way, I got stuck after about 50 pages. The book had opened with [...]


    9. In case you haven't read Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo's well-regarded prequel to this, fear not: it's not remotely necessary to have read it before reading (and enjoying) Everybody's Fool. I barely remember the precursor, (which I think I liked; not really sure). There'll be no room for doubt on this one: without a doubt, one of the best books I've read this year. Perhaps as good as his 2002 Pulitzer WinnerEmpire Falls. Maybe even a teensy bit better, as it'sokay, not compact (at close to 500 pa [...]


    10. Twenty-two years may have passed since Russo wrote about Bath’s residents Sully and friends in “Nobody’s Fool,” and ten years may have passed for those same residents of Bath in literary time for Sully and friends, but it’s been mere months since I last visited Bath, New York, courtesy of Mr. Russo. I felt as if I had just stepped away for a spell when I returned to visit courtesy of “Everybody’s Fool.” Nothing really happens in Bath that’s worthy of a news report to outsiders, [...]


    11. Ah at last, the long awaited Everybody's Fool the sequel to Nobody's Fool which was written in 1993 and was made into both a movie and award winning HBO miniseries. Pulitzer Prize winning (Empire Falls) Richard Russo is a master story teller when it comes to life in small town America, and I was happy to be back in Bath , upstate New York again with Sully, his hapless friend Rub, and the rest of the gang. The Boston Globe calls it a big rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable hopef [...]


    12. Thomas Wolfe once famously wrote, “You can’t go home again.” In Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo proves that indeed, you can.“Home”, in this case, is a place his readers have visited 12 years ago – a deadbeat town called Bath in upstate New York. In Nobody’s Fool, we first became acquainted with Sully, a down-and-out, down-on-his-luck, middle-aged son of an abusive father. Other ordinary, extraordinary characters – from Miss Beryl, his landlord/teacher to Carl, his landlord, and [...]


    13. I randomly chose this audiobook from the library shelf, not realizing it was a follow-up to "Nobody's Fool," which I haven't read. Still, the people in "Everybody's Fool" have enough backstory - and are so vividly depicted - that I felt okay reading it as a standalone. I found the story engaging, touching, and funny - filled with great characters and memorable scenes. The story takes place in the down-on-its-luck town of North Bath in upstate New York. As the book opens, Chief of Police Douglas [...]


    14. 3.5 starsWow, 18 1/2 hours of audio is a long book. And some of it is a rehash of the first book, Nobody's Fool, so the mind wanders. If it wasn't for the mix of every day, ordinary characters and the outright crazy bunch that inhabit North Bath, there would be nothing special about the book. My favorite remains Sully, a gruff old guy, getting up in years now and not exactly healthy, but compared to everyone else in town, he's heroic, iconic, and angelic. I kept wanting more of him!Mark Brammall [...]


    15. HILLDALE CEMETERY IN North Bath was cleaved right down the middle, its Hill and Dale sections divided by a two-lane macadam road, originally a colonial cart path. Death was not a thing unknown to the town’s first hearty residents, but they seemed to have badly misjudged how much of it there’d be, how much ground would be needed to accommodate those lost to harsh winters, violent encounters with savages and all manner of illness. Or was it life, their own fecundity, they’d miscalculated? Ir [...]


    16. Ok, so I live in a rough part of town where you are more likely to get shanked by a hooker, or pummeled by an escaped convict then you are to get a helping hand or kind word. That’s why it is so imperative that you conceal your phone as you play Pokémon Go while walking down my street, Blood Alley. Normally I wouldn’t risk it. The vagrants and urchins are quick to whip a bottle at your head calling out derisively, “catch this Jigglypuff, dude!” And the cops aren’t much better, always [...]


    17. How could 23 years have slipped by since Richard Russo published “Nobody’s Fool”? Was is really in some previous century that we snorted and sniffled over the rambling adventures of Donald “Sully” Sullivan, the wisecracking, self-destructive 60-year-old contractor who rarely lets a bar stool cool? It all seems so disorientingly recent. . . . Who’s the fool now?Even if you didn’t read that ­big-hearted novel, you probably saw the wonderful film version starring Paul Newman and Jess [...]


    18. You know that feature in the Sunday NYT Book Review every week, BY THE BOOK, where one of the interview questions is always "What 3 authors would you invite to a dinner party"? Richard Russo would be first on my list, because his character's humor and sarcastic remarks make me laugh out loud. The other two authors would be two who are on the top of the best seller lists week after week, (insert your own choices here) who can't write worth a damn, but sell millions of books to people who don't kn [...]


    19. I have been thinking about this book for several days before writing this review. I am a huge fan of Richard Russo, and I believe I have read all his earlier works. It has been a long time since I read the previous story of these characters, Nobody's Fool, and many of the details have been forgotten. To be perfectly honest, the movie version of Sully as played by Paul Newman kept coming unbidden to mind. You can read and follow this story without reading the earlier work.Let me make something cl [...]


    20. Sometimes when I'm reading or listening to a book, certain stories and characters make me think of song lyrics. This novel,'Everybody's Fool' by Richard Russo brought to mind a couple of lines from an old John Mellencamp song… "Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone." 'Everybody's Fool', a sequel to Richard Russo's 'Nobody's Fool', returns readers to North Bath in upstate New York. Time has passed since we last visited the citizens of North Bath but many of the old familiar chara [...]


    21. I'm a huge fan of Russo's writing but his plotting of this book left me cold. It drifted, in dire need of some major chopping. For me there were too many peripheral characters who just muddied the plot. I was looking forward to catching up with Sully and Raymer 10 years after Nobody's Fool ended. Their small town and personal shortcomings had kept me entertained in NF. What a disappointment!As evil Roy Purdy said, "Make the best plan you can and then see how it all works out." For the characters [...]


    22. This was a 4 1/2 stars. The characters, and everything that happens in just a few days in a small town will keep readers engaged. A great portrait of contemporary small town American life in upstate New York where many residents cannot imagine taking a trip to NYC.


    23. As usual, Richard Russo's storytelling is irresistible. This novel revisits the town of Bath, New York, and the same characters we met in the earlier book, Nobody's Fool. This time, though, there is a mystery at the center of everything, and the main character, if there is one, is Chief of Police Douglas Raymer. It is also ten years later.Bath is like many small, rural towns that have lost their economic identities. There are some lucky people who are well enough employed, but they seem to be ou [...]


    24. For fans of Russo’s NOBODY’S FOOL, the long-hoped-for sequel makes its splash. The oddball crowd of sad sacks in North Bath, New York is back to entertain readers. It’s a decade later (mid 1990s) and not a whole lot has changed. A few have died, and the familiar quirky characters that remain are distressed with their foolishness and sense of personal failure. Not to mention, the town is even more economically depressed than before, while their neighboring city, Schuyler Springs, continues [...]


    25. This book has so many glowing reviews and after reading it I can see why!! I am a long time fan of Russo, my favorite book still being “Empire Falls”. For some reason the characters in that book just spoke to me at that particular time in my life. I did not read “Nobody’s Fool” so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pick up the thread of the story.I should not have worried. Mr. Russo so well describes his characters that I had no problem understanding Sully or any of the other charac [...]


    26. The magic of Russo is his ability to capture the quiet uniqueness of every day life as it happens to normal people in normal towns. The dialogue alone had me chuckling and rereading passages. So sharp! So clever! Each character so well-drawn! (Sully! What a guy!). Unhappy marriages, a chief of police who just lost his wife, a poisonous snake on the loose, a mysterious garage door opener that could be the key to an affair, a mischievous dog - and the whole thing unfolds over the course of one epi [...]


    27. Not as good as the first bookNobody's Fool engaged me from beginning to end: engaged me the first time I read it and when I reread it recently in preparation for this, the follow up novel. I waited to fall in love with the characters and the story all over again. That did eventually happen but not until almost the end. A really good read from anybody else, but disappointing from Russo. The style was off putting; I felt like large parts were just just written to help readers catch up on stuff tha [...]


    28. 'Everybody's Fool' by Richard Russo 2.5 stars/5 out of 10I was interested in reading this novel, because I enjoyed 'Empire Falls' by the same author. Also I have enjoyed novels about small town America by other authors. However I have not read Russo's earlier novel, 'Nobody's Fool', set in the same town and featuring many of the same characters.At times I felt engaged with this novel. However at other times it felt long winded, and that there was overmuch detail concerning the minutiae of day to [...]


    29. I hesitate to speak truthfully, but who reads my reviews anyway. The target audience for this attempt at humour must be television sitcom folk where canned laughter abides? But do these folk read books?


    30. I didn't read the first book in this series, but the good news is that you don't have to in order to enjoy this one. The characters here have some hilarious parts. I especially loved the chief of police, Raymer (with his His misprinted business cards carry the tagline “We're not happy until you're not happy.”) And his worrying about his wife cheating on him, trying to figure out whose garage door opener he found to uncover the affair mystery. Doug is quite buffoonish. He does not understand [...]


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