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    free download Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Russo Straight Man E–pub New Richard Russo ↠ 3 read Another good story from Richard Russo – I previously reviewed Empire FallsThis one is studded with humor It’s really an academic

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    Straight Man E–pub New Dear Mr RussoI've just finishedStraight Man; the fourth of your books that I've read including Empire Falls I thought Empire Falls was pretty brilliant but in my mind you should have won a Pulitzer for Straight Man I would have voted for Straight Man but damn I'm not on the panel but if I was I'd vote for Straight ManYou know I had to wait ages to read it; my library didn't have it So I ordered it from that place with

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    review Straight Man Richard Russo ↠ 3 read free download Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Russo Richard Russo is one of my favorite authors His books are always embedded in forlorn towns circling around Dilapidated Central suffering blue collar havens podunk as can be with sell by dates splashed all over it The people towns souls and minds have lost their initial charm while slowly sliding into obscurity The atmosphere is a

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    Straight Man E–pub New Life's a duck or a goose?WhateverSometimes you just have to grab it by the throat and give it a good shake if you want to make sense of it As I tell my students all good stories begin with character and Teddy's rendering of the events fails entirely to render what it felt like to be William Henry Devereaux Jr as the events were ta

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    Straight Man E–pub New Richard Russo ↠ 3 read review Straight Man I remember almost nothing about Richard Russo's Straight Man I imagine I laughed a couple of times and I think I

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    review Straight Man Straight Man E–pub New free download Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Russo 35 starsThis had parts I found interesting some very funny scenes some compassionate and some where I tuned out Russo's humor is wry and masculine Often jokes are made at the expense of others students females a

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    Straight Man E–pub New I have read enough of Richard Russo’s novels to become very familiar with his style of writing and storytelling The types of characters he creates the settings in which he places his characters how he builds his characters and the type of conflict he creates in his stories While some level of predictability comes with this familiarity I continue to enjoy Russo’s work For one thing he makes me laugh I also enjoy his characters and fin

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    Straight Man E–pub New Hilarious I imagine the guy from House playing this role in the film Anyway Russo is so funny and satiracle and wonderful and you will love and hate the main character because he will remind you of yourself in so many ways Fabulous It bothers me so much when people have such auper high expectations of a novel IT IS FICTIO

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    Straight Man E–pub New What ails people is never simple and William of Occam who provided mankind with a beacon of rationality by which to view the world of physical circumstance knew better than to apply his razor to the irrational where entities multiply like strands of a virus under a microscopeStraight Man is the fourth novel by

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    Straight Man E–pub New Richard Russo ↠ 3 read free download Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Russo He lives his life as head of the English Department at a western Pennsylvania University Married he is the father of grown children the owner of a house and dog The fifty years of his life has been dedicated to the fine honing of obstinate vengeance the satisfaction of tripping others up the culmination not of

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Straight Man review Ý 3 Hank Devereaux a fifty year old one time novelist now serving as temporary chair of the English department has than a mid life crisis to contend with when he learns that he must cull 20 per cent of his department to meet budget Half in love with t. Richard Russo is one of my favorite authors His books are always embedded in forlorn towns circling around Dilapidated Central suffering blue collar havens podunk as can be with sell by dates splashed all over it The people towns souls and minds have lost their initial charm while slowly sliding into obscurity The atmosphere is always a bit depressing The stories are always slow moving and satirical social commentary becomes the mainstay of all the conversations everywhere FROM THE BLURB Richard Russo performs his characteristic high wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak Russo s protagonist is William Henry Devereaux Jr the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt Devereaux s reluctance is partly rooted in his character he is a born anarchist and partly in the fact that his department is savagely divided than the BalkansIn the course of a single week Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits and threaten to execute a goose on local television All this while coming to terms with his philandering father the dereliction of his youthful promise and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions In short Straight Man is classic Russo side splitting and true to life witty compassionate and impossible to put down I have never closed a book of this author feeling anything but good There will be humor and sadness and the story will be a terrific ode to mediocrity He knows how to apply malapropisms to the lives of his characters in his realistic fictionIn the city of Railton Pennsylvania forty nine year old William Henry Devereaux Jr is a rogue An ingrate according to Teddy Barnes Dickie Pope thinks he s insane unprincipled and too idealistic Judas Peckerwood says Billy uigley Beatnick says Lou A Clever man says his mother Absentminded say the three feminists in his life his wife Lily and his two daughtersA vague pain in the collective ass concludes the laissez fair William Henry Devereaux Jr himself Not that it deters the solipsistic professor to feel like his dog Occam the fastest the smartest the bravest especially in his dreams where he is always this hell of a guy always optimistic about the future World weary and always upstream he cannot be moved into action except when he encounters a urinary track problem Some sort of bladder hysteria according to his doctor He has all his bickering gossiping colleagues in the English department miffed with his sardonic wit where they scramble for positions drive their own agendas backbite for recognition fight their petty battles slave away to their own superior ambitions with little talent to back it up They have been working together for twenty years and basically overstayed their welcome in each other s livesThis is a gentle character based comedy about life in academe Hilarious moments with sadness subtly interwoven in the characters backstories But there is also Animal rights thugs guarding the pond sexual harassment lunches the detoxing of Modern Languages Something s happening here What it is ain t exactly clear Richard Russo is read with an open mind The protagonist Henry Devereaux reminds me so much of Sully in his other books And I love that kind curmudgeon Expect the unexpected And make time It s so absolutely worth it

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Straight Man review Ý 3 Hree women unable to understand his younger daughter or come to terms with his father he has a dangerous philosophy that life and academic life could be simpler but he fails to see the larger conseuences of his own actions or of the small world po. I remember almost nothing about Richard Russo s Straight Man I imagine I laughed a couple of times and I think I enjoyed the reading experience but there is only one specific thing that I remember from the book itself More on that later though because I want to talk about the peripheral things I remember about Straight ManI remember reading it for a Literary Theory class my first class at my new University with one of my all time favourite profs Dr W He admitted very early into the book that he hadn t read it before His wife is a librarian you see and he always let her pick a wild card book for whichever class he happened to be teaching something she was sure he d like something she thought would be appropriate She picked Straight Man because Dr W was the chair of an English Dept in a seriously underfunded university where he played chief negotiator and neutral observer to a pack of bickering tenured maniacs He apologized for the choice realizing that it wasn t the best book to apply literary theory too but he kept using it and did a damn fine jobMeanwhile in the back of the classroom I made friends with a wonderful woman named MM you didn t think I was going to give her complete name did you What s the fun in that She was in her early fifties a southern belle of the old school and I discovered that she was also the secretary of the English Dept She audited a class every semester just for fun and Dr W s class was her freebie Why is this important Well MM took a liking to me recommended me to Dr W and I found myself as the Grad Assistant for the next two years and that s where I met a woman the Undergrad Assistant who I loved deeply and passionatelyFurther every time I ve taken a pee in a public restroom since I read the book over a decade ago I have had a mindflash of the main character HD comparing the power of his stream to the young bucks that pee next to him I can t take a public pee without thinking of the book nor can I take a public pee without comparing my stream with whomever s around And sadly my stream doesn t have the power it used to Now I worry about kidney stones and prostate exams and future erectile dysfunction and all because this damned book has made the power of my stream a permanent obsession and in case you re wondering this is the ONE specific thing I remember from Straight Man What the hell is up with thatAs for what I think about Straight Manwellwho cares I doubt Russo would care what I think even if he knew me What matters at least what I think should matter is that just the sight of Straight Man s cover that cheesy red thing with the drake or is it a gander brings back memories of Dr W MM and that girl And every pee I take calls to mind that cheesy red cover with the gander or is it a drake That s gotta be good enough for any authorShitit would be for me

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Straight Man review Ý 3 Litics that ebb and flow around him as his colleagues jostle for position and marriages fall apart and regroup The despair of his wife and the scourge of the campus geese he is a man at odds with himself and caught somewhere between cause and effe. What ails people is never simple and William of Occam who provided mankind with a beacon of rationality by which to view the world of physical circumstance knew better than to apply his razor to the irrational where entities multiply like strands of a virus under a microscopeStraight Man is the fourth novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Richard Russo William Henry Devereaux Jnr Hank at almost fifty is interim chairman of the English department at the chronically underfunded West Central Pennsylvania University in Railton A certain week in April sees him enduring uite a variety of trials both mental and physical It all starts in a meeting where he is nasally mangled by a colleague Or does it Perhaps his absent father has had influence that he admits Russo subjects his protagonist to bouts of overactive imagination the suspicions and petty politics of colleagues his students decided lack of promise his daughter s marital problems a tempting flirtation with a younger woman and an irritating and possibly worrying deterioration in the function of a certain organ Ducks geese a TV news crew the local jail a hot tub peaches and their pits a dog called Occam and a missing ceiling tile complete the picture Hank holds his colleagues in disdain You know the kind of company I keep If it weren t for erroneous conclusions these people would never arrive at any at all is critical of his friends He misses all the details than even an out of practice storyteller like me would not only mention but place in the foreground He s like a tone deaf man trying to sing sliding between notes tapping his foot arhythmically hoping his exuberance will make up for not bothering to establish a key and loves the wife who knows him entirely too well Promise me you ll act surprised is one of Lily s favourite supposedly harmless pretencesIt hurts my feelings to pretend to be this dumb I tell my wife Don t you care what people think of me But she just smiles They won t notice she always explains It ll blend in with all the times you re genuinely slowHe knows his own weaknesses I try to tell myself it s nothing but decent affection I feel for her but the truth is it doesn t feel entirely decent She s too lovely a woman for this to be decent affection though it s probably not exactly indecent either Is there a state or less halfway between decency and indecency Is there a name for such a realm The Kingdom of Cowardice The Fiefdom of Altruism The Grove of Academe and is well aware of his flaws I use my own solitude to consider what may well be my worst character flaw the fact that in the face of life s seriousness its pettiness its tragedy its lack of coherent meaning my spirits are far too easily restoredThis is a book filled with humour some of it uite dark and much of it very dry it will have readers grinning chuckling and laughing out loud so is perhaps not a book to read in public Russo gives Hank some succinct and insightful observations What I suspect is that this brandy is intended to brace me for unpleasantness and that any brandy used for this purpose may be imbued with medicinal bitterness if you suspect the truth He also allows Hank to display his literary talent in the form of descriptive prose Properly medicated Yolanda felt becalmed on a flat lake where others nearby were sailing about merrily wind snapping in their sailsSkipping her medication caused the sails of her own small craft to billow like the others allowed her to join in the merriment tacking in and out among the other revelers the wind in her hair and her clothingFans of Russo s earlier books will not be disappointed with Straight Man readers new to his work will want to seek out works by this talented author Clever and brilliantly funny

  • Paperback
  • 391
  • Straight Man
  • Richard Russo
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780099376217