Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemi ...more
Nobody’s fool does have a sense of a changing America, the march of the new and the fickle nature of big business but the novel is much more concerned with the characters ...more
Sounds like a real bast ...more
Ok, I’m probably being a little harsh on small towns in my own country here, or ...more
NOBODY'S FOOL is a story about nothing really.......just every day life in a small failing town with unusual and addictive characters, each with their own problems and unorthodox ways.
A flawed 60 year old Donald Sullivan, (Sully) with his sarcastic mouth and bum knee lead the reader on a memorable and often humorous ride through some of the unluckiest days of his life (which is most of them) while his big heart and...more
Donald Sullivan believes that if he keeps his head down, travels ...more
“‘Hurrying isn’t what I do best, at least first thing in the morning,’ Sully reminded her, putting some weight on the knee, which belted out a hearty hello.”
A new favourite! Well, new to me, not to the Pulitzer Prize people and the millions of readers around the world. Sometimes, the Pulitzer gets it right. :)
Anyone with a banged-up knee will instantly understand the significance of the “hearty hello” that starts the day. Donald Sullivan, Sully, is a banged-up, 60-year-old labourer who’s supp ...more
Richard Russo's slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York—and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years....more
Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of foll
literal application - that at sixty, he was divorced from his own wife, carrying on halfheartedly with another man’s, estranged from his son, devoid of self-knowledge, badly crippled and virtually unemployable - all of which he stubbornly confused with independence.”
Meet enigmatic Donald “Sully” Sullivan, lifelong resident of the sma ...more
Richard Russo's, Nobody's Fool was too long by half. For sure, he writes a rich, detailed, character based story well enough - he creates the sense of place well enough too - and there's even a couple of laughs. But for me it was just TOO LOOOONG and too detailed - it really, for me, was a story of nothing much at all. You know how you can watch a drama series on television and then take a break and come back to it, only ...more
Nobody's Fool has several of the best characters of all time. Sully is hard to beat as a likably flawed, smarter-than-he-seems survivor in a seemingly small world. This world matters plenty to the reader, though, crafted as it is by R ...more
My husband was a construction worker like ...more
Anyway, we should all live in a world where the definition of a villain is someone with no sense of humor. If ...more
Nobody's Fool centers on Sully, a sixty-year-old lovable ne'er-do-well who can never ...more
No such luck: the protagonist is Sully, a perpetually down-on-his-luck sixty-year-old loser of a divorcee who's spent his whole life evading any and all responsibility to anyone; nursing grudges, especially against his dead, abusive dad a ...more
Ron McClarty narrated Nobody's Fool, (as he did Empire Falls), and I ADORE this man's voice.
I will be looking for more works from both of these gentlemen. ...more
“Maybe Sully’s young philosophy professor at the college had been right. Maybe free will was just something you thought you had. Maybe Sully’s sitting there trying to figure out what he should do next was silly. Maybe there was no way out of this latest fix he’d gotten himself into. Maybe even the trump card he’d been saving, or imagined he was saving, wasn’t in his hand at all. … Still, Sully felt the theory to be wrong. It made everything slack. He’d never considered life to be as tight as...more
There is some humor, but it is negative too.
I have listened to six hours of twenty-four and have decided to give up. I only do that if I really detest a book. I recommend this book to no one.
This is my third attempt at this and this time I made it to 109 pages.
I'm finding it very boring and a chore to get through so once and for all, I'm out.
Nowhere close to the excellence of Empire Falls, in my so humble opinion.