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    Read & Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ü Richard Russo Richard Russo Ü 7 Read & Download Read & Download Straight Man 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

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    [Pdf New] (Straight Man) Author Richard Russo 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 lat

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    [Pdf New] (Straight Man) Author 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 academic colleagues and academia alike are targeted but also self deprecating I adore him but will probably always compare all his

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    [Pdf New] (Straight Man) Author Richard Russo 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

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Straight Man Free download ´ 107 Richard Russo Ü 7 Read & Download 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. 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 find myself rooting for them despite their insistence on repeating past mistakes with predictable results Not that any of us have ever done that Straight Man is excellent Russo fare I enjoyed my time with Hank and just like Hank I often wasn t sure why he was doing what he was doing He seemed to have no clear plan He seemed to be finding his way as he made his choices As a reader I felt like I was figuring it out as Hank was figuring it out Compared to some of Russo s other efforts though I felt that I didn t get to know the secondary characters as well as I would have liked Overall a very enjoyable read highly recommended to anyone who likes Russo

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Straight Man Free download ´ 107 Richard Russo Ü 7 Read & Download 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. 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 the same name as where the guy who may or may not have shot Kennedy was standing when he made the shot You know The Book Depository although this one is in the UK and I m in Australia so it took a little time to deliver But nothing with Free Postage is really top shelf is it and the print in this copy was microscopic So I then had to buy the new hardback from your US of A which cost the postage was huge and took another little time to deliver But heck was the wait worth it It was brilliant witty extraordinarily funnyand unforgettable the best two days I ever spent in a book A uiet word between you and me If you did base Hank Deveraux Jr on someone you know please send him my way I could use a little of his talented comedic and offbeat outlook lately And I d certainly value having someone around whose life is filled with such hilarious moments as is hisThe people sharing the train carriage on the four hour trip to Melbourne with me did not appreciate the ripples of laughter the knee slapping or the chuckles that burst from me while I was reading Straight Man In fact I nearly took Straight Man into the bathroom with me for fear someone would eject the innocent but exhilaratingly humorous novel from the train in my absenceActually if I was on the panel I d say give him the Pulitzer for both novels signedB the Book Addict From the dust jacket Packed with scenes of pure genius and memorable characters from the egregious administrator Pope to the manic dog Occam Straight man is another triumph of humour and humanity by the author of Nobody s Fool Exhilarating hilarious with a dark and tender undertow this is the unforgettable portrait of a middle aged man caught somewhere between cause and effect

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Straight Man Free download ´ 107 Richard Russo Ü 7 Read & Download 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. Life s a duck or a gooseWhateverSometimes 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 taking place Richard Russo strikes gold againI definitely managed to get into the mind of Hank an English teacher at a small university in Railton Pennsylvania as he goes through a midlife crisis promotion in an institution like West Central Pennsylvania University was a little bit like being proclaimed the winner of a shit eating contest Hank s story is similar in many ways to those of other Russo protagonists that had won me over with their messy humorous heart wrenching attempts to make sense of life love family friends aging failure and everything in between Odd details and unexpected points of view are the stuff of which vivid stories are made What makes William Henry Devereaux Jr special in this typical Russo panoply of underdogs living in decrepit blue collar towns is his academic background As a teacher of creative writing Hank is allowed to include in his narrative and share with the reader a few of his writer s tricks a glimpse at the way he makes storytelling an art form He misses all the details that 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 Teddy is a fellow English teacher an earnest fellow than a little in love with Hank s wife but his major failure is a lack of sophistication in his narrative presentation Hank with a published novel under his belt although one written than two decades previously is ever ready to correct him I don t see how you could not kid about love and still claim to have a sense of humor Here I think is one key to unlock any of the Richard Russo novels despair is always waiting right around the corner ready to wreck our lives and the only way to deal with it is to laugh in its face Hank deliberately chooses the role of buffoon as he tries to steer his deeply divided English department through a perfect storm of budget cuts staff cuts and failed dreams Like the decrepit car he is driving Hank feels his life is sliding backward on an icy slope instead of climbing up to his house on a hill My spiritual position is the outfield True I might be a good target for shortstops to throw at but I m most myself ranging in the outfield after fly balls Russo is a master of the complex metaphor always finding an odd surprising funny angle to illustrate his hero s struggle It could be an old car a baseball game a poor goose on the campus pond a bloody nose from an outraged poet Hank seems to do a lot of leg pulling and clowning especially in the beginning of the novel but you can always feel the underlying despair at reaching fifty years of age and asking yourself what had you done with your life with your youthful aspirations In English departments the most serious competition is for the role of straight man Humor is one way to deal with this despair and Hank has turned his goofing into an art form but there comes a time when you can no longer dodge the incoming balls I ve slipped into baseball lingo myself and I don t even know the rules of the game So what do you do when the going gets tough Flee from town or turn back and fight Play the clown or the straight man We might manage to be happy even here if the faces around us were new but we have to look at each other every day and this reminds us of ourselves and all the opportunities we found compelling reasons not to seize The other tool Hank has in his arsenal is William of Occam a reminder that we need to focus on what is the most important thing in our life and eliminate the distractions the false paths the unnecessary complications All fine and dandy in theory but not so easy to apply when it comes to a human heart 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 microscope Like it happened with all my previous novels by Richard Russo writing a review is a hard task because there are so many things that relate directly to my personal experiences so many moments of laughter in the face of adversity or of tenderness from the most unexpected directions I feel like I would need to write ten reviews instead of one It s not only about Hank Every little side character in the story deserves at least a mention to have his or her own struggle remembered estranged parents daughters leaving the family home colleagues facing their own disillusions neighbours who are than comic relief The task he has chosen for himself of wooing my mother with a bright red pickup truck a Patsy Cline tape and a string of malapropisms is ample justification to me for not taking the world too seriously its relentless heartbreak notwithstanding Richard Russo writes variations of the same novel over and over again but this novel is all encompassing of our modern life of our economic and personal failures of our endurance and of our hopes for the future Other people make their peace with who they are what they ve become Why can t I Peace is usually to be found in the aftermath of a war In this present novel the war between the factions of the Railton University English Department ends in a compromise between generations between the firebrands we were in our early years and the limitations of our older selves Growing old as someone once remarked is not for sissies but age is not the issue so much as diminishment I have mentioned humor and Occam s razor as tools to deal with the hard knocks from life The third one for Hank and for us is literature art Hank s parents were both bookworms so absorbed in their fictional worlds and in their academic careers that they became distant and distracted from their own son Hank s revenge was to become a writer instead of a reader and critic of novels probably also a way to impress his parents and finally get noticed But when he falls in love it is with another English teacher His daughters may be shunning an academic career My daughter has never found a moment s comfort in a book and this provokes in me a complex reaction Julie swears she will not become a fool of books but is this the reaction of a rebellious teenager or a way to get noticed There are patterns and themes everywhere but if I were to pick only one it is the story of Rachel the department secretary with literary aspirations It s maybe the truest path to redemption for Hank He may not write another novel but he can guide the next novelist along That s about all I have to teach her since the reuisite heart voice vision and sense of narrative are already there learned intuitively also on the subject of being accepted for publication for the first time She will consider the possibility that the leaky vessel of her talent may be seaworthy after all Instead of being dictated to by the waves of doubt that threaten to swamp all navigators she ll turn bravely into the wind The moment she does is the moment I envy I never wrote or published anything myself but if I can steer somebody else towards a good read I believe I can be at peace with myself and with my love for the written word Thanks Richard Russo

  • Paperback
  • 391
  • Straight Man
  • Richard Russo
  • English
  • 03 July 2018
  • 9780099376217