- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 4, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002KE9CAI
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Well, let's get a little more in depth, shall we? As I mentioned prior, Jack Griffin, is the focal point of the story. He is a well-respected professor going through a mid-life crisis. At 55, he just lost his dad and will soon lose his daughter (she is getting married) this forces Jack to rethink his life. Most of the book is flashbacks from Jack's life. Jack's childhood was filled with despair. His parents were highly trained and brilliant professors, but their attitudes forced them to work demeaning jobs, well below their status.
As such, they also had a difficult time coping with reality. Always believing "the grass was greener on the other side" This leads to the title of the book. During the family's summer vacations, they would sing Frank Sinatra's song, That Old Black Magic, but since they vacationed in Cape Cod, they changed it to, That Old Cape Magic. This is key.Read more ›
Russo navigates the banks of this novel with a constrained and firm hand on the tiller, with not too much wind in the sails and with a decidedly inner-directed course. And he seamlessly flows from the sober and contemplative to an uproarious physical comedy, placing him in the same league as Bellow, Roth, and Irving, with a laconic protagonist possessing tragically comic (or comically tragic) inner demons. Griffin's inability to complete a short story that he started years ago, for example, opens a chasm to a dark abyss that plagues him up and down Route 6 through the Cape, through the story. A rehearsal dinner for another wedding is headed for an imbroglio when a wheelchair ramp does the unexpected.
Russo triumphs when he concentrates on Griffin, a thoroughly three-dimensional character whose perceptions and failings and desires are authentic and prismatic. It is Griffin's character that illuminates his parents' and underscores the pathos of his wife, Joy.Read more ›
I've been so looking forward to August '09 because there were four books coming out that I've been eager to read....South of Broad by Pat Conroy, Rules of Vengeance by Christopher Reich, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. I thought I'd start out with the Russo book and right off the bat I've hit a home run. I loved it!!!!!
There are many authors out there who write stories with very little dialogue and, most times, they are not my favorite books simply because the author's storytelling capabilities aren't good enough to pull this off. In Russo's book, I didn't care if the characters said one word to each other because the story he was telling was just so interesting that I failed to notice the lack of discourse.
And this is an author who definitely loves his bridges. As I've already mentioned, I've only read three of Russo's books but each one prominently mentions a bridge. In Empire Falls, it was the Iron Bridge that separated the mansion of the Whiting's from the rest of blue collar Empire Falls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Russo develops characters quicker and with more grace than most any other author. By the time you're halfway through the book, you're remembering a story, not reading one.Published 1 month ago by Stacey E. Peltz
A good tale of a man coming to grips with his past, present, and future family life. This author reminds me of John Updike's style and his choice of subject matter.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I couldn't help feeling that this was a novel the wise and brilliant Richard Russo should have shelved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms. Russell
2.5 -- I love Richard Russo, but this one just didn't have the readability of Empire Falls or Mohawk or even Nobody's Fool. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason
Richard Russo rocks! He tells a story like no one else. Always edgy, always on going. As I said before, I intend to read everything he's writtenPublished 6 months ago by Unknown
I love the way Richard Rissi writes. This book was no exception. The characters are totally realistic. Just a wonderful read.Published 7 months ago by Diane Q.