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Empire Falls de Richard Russo
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Empire Falls (original: 2001; edição: 2002)

de Richard Russo

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Milo Roby tries to hold his family together while working at the Empire Grill in the once-successful logging town of Empire Falls, Maine, with his partner, Mrs. Whiting, who is the heir to a faded logging and textile legacy.
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Título:Empire Falls
Autores:Richard Russo
Informação:Vintage (2002), Paperback, 496 pages
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Empire Falls de Richard Russo (2001)

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New England, small town life, relationships,
  KarlaC | Jun 16, 2021 |
Empire Fall by Richard Russo won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. After reading it I can see why. The novel is centered on a small town that is declining because of the loss of manufacturing jobs. The story is about a man, Miles, who is a short-order cook at a local dinner. It follows his life with flashbacks to the early history of some of the characters.
It is well written with several quotable lines. The flow of the story with several characters with their backstories that meshes easily in the story and doesn’t interfere with the reading.
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  Pharmacdon | Dec 20, 2020 |
That was...insane. The ending gets props for sheer f**knuttery. I do think there are better depictions of working class in literature, though the entrepreneur gone bad is interesting. Russo's depiction of women was not super great, which is one of my major issues with the book. ( )
1 vote DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Decent, well-crafted story of characters in a small town in Maine. Russo territory. He builds the characters and their place in the town, and lets us know that although it is an economically depressed area and hardly a place to show off, its citizens prefer to stay there.

The main character is Miles Roby, who has been running a restaurant that belongs to a mean rich old lady. He has run the restaurant for over twenty years, relying on her promise that he will inherit when she dies. But wait...he's getting older and she is having a good life, threatens to live until she's 100. Others have told him to get out while he still can but he can't quite see doing that. Having left college years ago to be with his dying mother, he has given up a lot of what she wanted for him. Perhaps what he wanted as well. He's surrounded by characters of all sorts, who somehow manage - to my mind, anyway - to avoid being caricatures. His father Max, who can still "climb like a monkey" at age "sempty", feels no guilt about his lack of support for his two sons or for all the years he has thrown away as an alcoholic. Miles' soon-to-be-ex-wife fights with her mother Bea about how she has "remade" herself, spending time at the gym (run by the "silver fox" who will soon be her second husband) and diverting herself from eating too much.

The Catholic church houses two priests, one overtaken by dementia, the other well-meaning, young. Miles' first love, a few years older, still works as a waitress in the cafe he runs, but somehow the two of them never get together.

All of this is somehow overshadowed by the presence of Francine Whiting, the rich widow Miles visits from time to time with reports on the restaurant. She shut down the only factory in town by selling it to a company that built it up only to raid it later. Miles lives with the knowledge that his mother went to work for Mrs. Whiting when she lost her job and struggled to help Miles get through school. He knows he owes Mrs. Whiting something but something is off there.

There is a sense of reality to the characters. They aren't just cute and cuddly, or mean and spiteful. They are too complex to be so simplified. I think this sets them apart from many other characters created by others.

I became fond of the characters but never fully fell in love with the book. When I first discovered Russo I was very much affected by his town and its people (another book but a similar situation), but as I read more of his work I am less affected. My loss, I know. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
This book has such great small-town characters. Highly recommend. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
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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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