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Miles does indeed have a tendency to take it on the chin. (At one point he alludes to his own "natural propensity for shit-eating.") And his role as Mr. Nice Guy thrusts him into all sorts of clashes with his not-so-nice contemporaries, even as the reader patiently waits for him to blow his top. It would be impossible to summarize Russo's multiple plot lines here. Suffice it to say that he touches on love and marriage, lust and loss and small-town economics, with more than a soupçon of class resentment stirred into the broth. This is, in a sense, an epic of small and large frustrations: "After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart's impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble." Yet Russo's comedic timing keeps the novel from collapsing into an orgy of breast-beating, and his dialogue alone--snappy and natural and efficiently poignant--is sufficient cause to put Empire Falls on the map. --Bob Brandeis --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Richard Russo has written several books dealing with the stories of very ordinary people dealing with the life and times of towns that were once prosperous but that time and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by draw
Good book. Good author. I liked it. Not mind-blowing, but life expanding nevertheless.Published 20 days ago by Dale Lund
Book arrived in a timely fashion and was in good condition BUT THE PRINT IS VERY SMALL AND ITALICIZED AND TOO DIFFICULT FOR ME TO READ.Published 21 days ago by Karey Hurley
Other than a bookclub member saying that it was one of her all time favorites, I had no information about the book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Pug Pal
It was such a slow moving book it was all I could do to finish it. All of the characters were such beaten down people.Published 2 months ago by kitchen maid