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Empire Falls

de Richard Russo

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Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it's Janine, Miles' soon-to-be ex-wife, who's taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it's the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town-and seems to believe that "everything" includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America ...… (mais)
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This is admittedly a beautifully written book, but somehow not my type of novel. There is no real plot here, but through the meanderings of the novel, you learn the history of the characters and you are brought to the present moment when all of the threads are tied together and…the seemingly inevitable happens. The true gem of this work, as others have said, is the author's ability to create characters and have them breathe as living creatures. I wish I had enjoyed it more. There were many worthwhile parts but the way it was put together was just not for me. ( )
  krazy4katz | Dec 18, 2023 |
Russo writes with great love and understanding of his characters. He is a compelling storyteller . I really enjoyed becoming a part of “Empire Falls” in this novel because it has everything , great humour, pathos, sadness, yearning. So many subplots to keep the reader interested. I think my favourite is Janine, the soon to be ex wife and Mike’s’ relationship. Janine is planning to marry “ the silver fox” whose appeal continually declines as the wedding approaches. She wants her soon to be ex to walk her down the aisle and not her mother”don’t make me stand there between Bea and Walt on my wedding day. The judge’s probably get confused and marry the two of them.” ( )
  Smits | Jun 15, 2023 |
I can see why it won the Pulitzer Prize....highly recommend. Great storytelling and character development. ( )
  almin | May 22, 2023 |
It's difficult for me not to give any Richard Russo less than 4 stars though this one bordered between 3 and 4. Being such a master storyteller, Russo's characters and small town stories touch us in so many ways. If there was a problem I found overall, it was the italicized back story chapters which while needed were a bit lengthy to me. To balance that out, the surprise ending made it worthwhile and a bit sad too. Overall this is another classic Russo story and I highly recommend it. ( )
  Jonathan5 | Feb 20, 2023 |
A modern re-telling of Great Expectations? Similar format and character types so, the parallels are worth a discussion. ( )
  Christine_Taylor | Jan 14, 2023 |
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Russo's command of his story is unerring, but his manner is so unassuming that his mastery is easy to miss. He satisfies every expectation without lapsing into predictability, and the last section of the book explodes with surprises that also seem, in retrospect, like inevitabilities. As the pace quickens and the disparate threads of the narrative draw tighter, you find yourself torn between the desire to rush ahead and the impulse to slow down.

Empire Falls, situated at a fictitious and unlovely bend of the Knox River, is the kind of place tourists from Boston or New York speed through en route to the mini-Martha's Vineyards of the Maine coast, perhaps stopping for lunch at a place like the Empire Grill and eavesdropping on the taciturn, wisecracking regulars. By the end of this novel, you'll know the town's geography like a native, and its tattered landmarks -- the Empire Grill, the old Whiting shirt factory, the architectural folly C. B. Whiting built across the river -- will be as vivid and as charged with metaphor as Salem's house of seven gables or the mansions of East Egg. You will also have had the good fortune to tour this unremarkable geography in the company of an amiable, witty raconteur who knows all the gossip and the local history as well as some pretty good jokes. Only after you've bought him a beer, shaken his hand and said goodbye will it occur to you that he's also one of the best novelists around.
adicionado por WiJiWiJi | editarNew York Times, A.O. Scott (Jun 24, 2001)
 
Russo's command of his story is unerring, but his manner is so unassuming that his mastery is easy to miss. He satisfies every expectation without lapsing into predictability, and the last section of the book explodes with surprises that also seem, in retrospect, like inevitabilities. As the pace quickens and the disparate threads of the narrative draw tighter, you find yourself torn between the desire to rush ahead and the impulse to slow down.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarNew York Times, A.O. Scott (Jun 24, 2001)
 

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Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it's Janine, Miles' soon-to-be ex-wife, who's taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it's the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town-and seems to believe that "everything" includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America ...

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