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Though Hank tries to apply William of Occam's rational approach (choose simplicity) to each increasingly absurd situation, and even has a dog named after the philosopher, he does seem to cause most of his own enormous difficulties. Not least when he grabs a goose and threatens to off a duck (sic) a day until he gets his budget. The fact that he is also wearing a fake nose and glasses and doing so in front of a TV camera complicates matters even further. Hank tries to explain to one class that comedy and tragedy don't go together, but finds the argument "runs contrary to their experience. Indeed it may run contrary to my own." It runs decidedly against Richard Russo's approach in Straight Man, and the result is a hilarious and touching novel. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I have loved each of the Richard Russo books I've read -- I think this is the fourth. He writes about people who I do not really know or associate with -- although this one was... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bret Scott
Richard Russo’s novel is a funny and eloquent look of a middle-aged academic who is not particularly happy with his life. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jiang Xueqin
I'm a big fan of Richard Russo,and this book didn't disappoint.Published 17 days ago by Dolores Newman
This is a truly hilarious novel. I am an academic, and I can tell you that some of my colleagues are that paranoid (most are not though) and some are crazy enough to almost... Read morePublished 24 days ago by T. Dahms
A lack of a plot but a fun read overall. But seriously, if you keep waiting for something to happen. You're going to keep waiting. Nothing happens. Seriously. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mommy2828
If you're a Russo fan, you need this one; if you're no,t as good a place to start as any.Published 1 month ago by J. Buchholz