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Straight Man by Richard Russo
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Read in July, 2008

Only 50 pages in and I've actually laughed out loud a couple of times. Good book, interesting concept. I'm not so much on the occasional condescending tone of the English professor, smarter than everyone else and looking down on the little people. But the protagonist's humility and friendly, approachable tone makes this overall a very nice read.

I'm blasting through this. I'm not really digging Russo's prose, per se, but I do love the story. I've found that I can discuss the plot to minute detail, so something must be sticking well. I really feel like I know all the people in this little Pennsylvania town, and I miss them when I'm away from the book.

Finally finished. I've decided I just do not much like Richard Russo. This was the second book of his that rubbed me the wrong way. Although there were moments in which I did laugh out loud for the most part I was bored and wondering why is he writing this, and why am I still reading it? All the literary references, Prufrock, James, Beowolf conspired to out Russo as the lit snob that he truly is. Marginally entertaining, good to pass the time, but I'd never recommend this to a soul.
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Carrie Norris One of my favorites. Laugh hard, and laugh often.


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