Friday, August 12, 2016

Everybody's Fool; Richard Russo

Everybody's Fool; Richard Russo
Knopf - 2016

Twenty-three years after Nobody's Fool introduced readers to the cantankerous, Donald (Sully) Sullivan and other memorable characters comes the much anticipated sequel, Everybody's Fool.

Set in the fictional, former mill town, North Bath, NY, the story picks up 10 years after Nobody's Fool.  Sully is now 70, not in the best of health but, he doesn't have to worry about money for the time being. His gambling has paid off and he's inherited a house from his landlady. He's more at peace than he's been in years.

There's lots of returning characters in this installment like, Rub Squeer,  a developmentally disable man who happens to be Sully's good friend. He's also the local handyman. Ruth who owns the local diner and a woman Sully was involved with for years, Roy Purdy, Ruth's ex-BIL, an abusive nut.  Doug Raymer, a cop who once had his nose broken by Sully is now the town's police chief and Clarice Bond, the town's black policewoman. Gus Moynihan, the mayor ,also returns as does Sully's son and grandson.

I first started this one listening to the audio book and I wasn't happy listening to it. It wasn't just the tone but, it seemed silly.  I figured I might enjoy the print version more so, although it took a several weeks, I was finally able to get the library copy which I enjoyed more.  

Overall, I wasn't thrilled with this sequel. There were frequent changes in the POV and,  I found this installment unnecessarily long. At times the crazy antics that happened in this town seemed slapstick-like and got to be a bit much. I felt that the story might be better suited as a movie script. 

3/5 stars
(library)

12 comments:

  1. I hate it when a sequel disappoints. I haven't read Richard Russo although I've heard lots of good things about Nobody's Fool.

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    1. The first book was so good but, this just felt too silly to me.

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  2. Aw, it's too bad it was a disappointment.

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  3. I just finished this today and, while I liked it more than you, agree it was nowhere near as good as Nobody's Fool.

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    1. Yes, I agree. At first I thought it was the audio book but, then I realized the print wasn't making it for me either.

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  4. Yep, sometimes sequels just don't work.

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  5. Oh, I was looking forward to this one so much!

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    1. Others liked it more than me Mary so you may as well.

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  6. I remember reading Nobody's Fool and enjoying but not the story. I don't think I'll be revisiting the characters now. Shame.

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    1. I loved the characters in the first book so was naturally disappointed when they didn't wow me once again.

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