(New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo

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Straight Man

CHARACTERS ô Straight Man Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo Hree women unable to understand his younger daughter or come to terms with his father he has a dangerous philosophy that life and academic life could be simpler but he fails to see the larger conseuences of his own actions or of the small world po. 35 starsThis had parts I found interesting some very funny scenes some compassionate and some where I tuned out Russo s humor is wry and masculine Often jokes are made at the expense of others students females academic colleagues and academia alike are targeted but also self deprecating I adore him but will probably always compare all his works to Empire Falls a tough one to live up to IMO Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra father he has a dangerous philosophy that life and academic life could be simpler but he Awakening fails to see the larger conseuences of his own actions or of the small world po. 35 starsThis had parts I Call Me By Your Name found interesting some very The Mark of Athena funny scenes some compassionate and some where I tuned out Russo s humor is wry and masculine Often jokes are made at the expense of others students 2002 Index of Economic Freedom females academic colleagues and academia alike are targeted but also self deprecating I adore him but will probably always compare all his works to Empire Falls a tough one to live up to IMO

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CHARACTERS ô Straight Man Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo Hank Devereaux a fifty year old one time novelist now serving as temporary chair of the English department has than a mid life crisis to contend with when he learns that he must cull 20 per cent of his department to meet budget Half in love with t. Another good story from Richard Russo I previously reviewed Empire FallsThis one is studded with humor It s really an academic novel centered on a 49 year old professor mid life crisis at a lower tier university perhaps a branch campus in a by passed town in Pennsylvania He is in the sandwich generation with a wife whom he loves who is a school principal and two daughters One married daughter lives in town and they worry about her financial situation and that she might be in an abusive relationship His mother also lives in town and the word is that his father separated from her may be moving back in The main character s father haunts the book like a ghost and he does not appear in person until the end of the novel His father was a celebrity academic well published constantly on the move with visiting professorships and always with an attractive female grad student in towFirst about the town Railton divided by the tracks into two unattractive halves Church Street has none of its six churches left Yet the faculty stay because We uickly learned how much it cost to live in places where people actually wanted to live The main character happens to be the English department chair for a year not because he is especially well liked or a talented administrator but simply because it s his turn in the barrel and the faculty see him as the lowest common denominator they can agree on He is both anti union and anti administration earning him enemies on both sides He treasures his wise ass reputation thus the book s title surviving on cynicism and disparagement of almost everything and everyone Anyone who has been in academia will appreciate the accuracy of what Russo lambastes They are a faculty of inertia and lost opportunity some didn t finish their doctorates or their books a few could have gone elsewhere years ago but didn t now they are trapped in this mini world of mutual bickering and disgust Here s a tasteRusso calls it an atmosphere of distrust suspicion and retribution We all know the uote attributed to Henry Kissinger although many said it before him about academic politics being so vicious because the stakes are so trivial I also think of Stoner in John William s novel where his chairman held a grudge against him for twenty years over a trivial matter On the endless faculty meetings he can t remember the last time anyone changed his or her mind as a result of all the reasoned discourse in fact it seems as if the discussions further entrench everyone in their original position All hiring procedures are dominated by political correctness One young male professor with a ponytail corrects everyone s generic he so freuently that they call him Orshee behind his backThe main character loves it when someone says We re all reasonable people He ll respond Name ONE The main character published one novel 20 years ago which his former chairman always referred to as his collected works The faculty union rep says to him I know you think we the union defend incompetence promote mediocrity To which he responds I wish you WOULD promote mediocrityit s a reasonable goal for our institution On the latest rumor that financial exigency is going to result in the administration cutting tenured faculty Not unless the faculty are going to be invited to drink Jim Jones Kool Aid after the donkey basketball game and then buried in a mass grave A lot of his vitriol is directed at his ever absent pompous fatherThe problem with the title Distinguished Visiting Professor it s hard to remain distinguished among people who know you His father got two attractive offers that led him to take a job at Columbia U one from the university for a full professorship and one from a young woman graduate studentOn his father s best selling book of literary criticism everyone buys it displays it discusses it without finding the time to actually read it A grad student corrects papers in his father s large class but he grades papers from his tiny seminar himself That is he placed a letter grade on them and for all anyone knew may even have read them Other passages I liked two people who love each other need not necessarily have the same dreams and aspirations but they damn well ought to share the same nightmares His younger daughter the least thoughtful but the most outspoken of his three feminists wife and two daughters says Menstruation always was the real red badge of courage Rachael his department secretary is one of the half dozen women on campus with whom I have to work at not falling in love His mind was simply voided as if the thoughts in his head were composed of iron filings and he was standing too close to a magnet All in all great humor a very good read and a spot on snapshot of the academy Russo was a faculty member at Southern Illinois and at Colby College Maine I m giving it a 4 not a 5 because the humor unlike in Empire Falls degenerates into farce almost slapstick at times Still highly recommended Photo of Richard Russo from wikipedia

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CHARACTERS ô Straight Man Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo Litics that ebb and flow around him as his colleagues jostle for position and marriages fall apart and regroup The despair of his wife and the scourge of the campus geese he is a man at odds with himself and caught somewhere between cause and effe. I have read enough of Richard Russo s novels to become very familiar with his style of writing and storytelling The types of characters he creates the settings in which he places his characters how he builds his characters and the type of conflict he creates in his stories While some level of predictability comes with this familiarity I continue to enjoy Russo s work For one thing he makes me laugh I also enjoy his characters and find myself rooting for them despite their insistence on repeating past mistakes with predictable results Not that any of us have ever done that Straight Man is excellent Russo fare I enjoyed my time with Hank and just like Hank I often wasn t sure why he was doing what he was doing He seemed to have no clear plan He seemed to be finding his way as he made his choices As a reader I felt like I was figuring it out as Hank was figuring it out Compared to some of Russo s other efforts though I felt that I didn t get to know the secondary characters as well as I would have liked Overall a very enjoyable read highly recommended to anyone who likes Russo


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    Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo Another good story from Richard Russo – I previously reviewed Empire FallsThis one is studded with humor It’s really an academic novel centered on a 49 year old professor mid life crisis? at a lower tier university perhaps a branch campus in a by passed town in Pennsylvania He is in the “sandwich generation” with a wife whom he loves who is a school principal and two daughters One married daughter lives in town and they worry about

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo Dear Mr RussoI've just finishedStraight Man; the fourth of your books that I've read including Empire Falls I t

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo Richard Russo is one of my favorite authors His books are always embedded in forlorn towns circling around Dilapidated Central suffering blue collar havens podunk as can be with sell by dates splashed all over it The people towns souls and minds have lost their initial charm while slowly sliding into obscurity The atmosphere is always a bit depressing The stories are always slow moving and satirical social comm

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD Straight Man Life's a duck or a goose?WhateverSometimes you just have to grab it by the throat and give it a good shake if you want to make sense of it As I tell my students all good stories begin with character and Teddy's rendering of the events fails entirely to render what it felt like to be William Henry Devereaux Jr as the events

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo I remember almost nothing about Richard Russo's Straight Man I imagine I laughed a couple of times and I think I enjoyed the reading experience but there is only one specific thing that I remember from the book itself More on that later though because I want to talk about the peripheral things I remember about Straight ManI remember reading

  6. says: (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo

    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo 35 starsThis had parts I found interesting some very funny scenes some compassionate and some where I tuned out Russo's humor is wry and masculine Often jokes are made at the expense of others students females academic colleagues and academia alike are targeted but also self deprecating I adore him but will probably always compare all his works to Empire Falls a tough one to live up to IMO

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo I have read enough of Richard Russo’s novels to become very familiar with his style of writing and storytelling The types of characters he creates the settings in which he places his characters how he builds his characters and the type of conflict he creates in his stories While some level of predictability comes with this familiarity I continue to enjoy Russo’s work For one thing he makes me laugh I als

  8. says: (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo READ & DOWNLOAD Straight Man

    READ & DOWNLOAD Straight Man Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo Hilarious I imagine the guy from House playing this role in the film Anyway Russo is so funny and satiracle and wonderful and you will love and hate the main character because he will remind you of yourself in so many ways Fabulous It bothers me so much when people have such auper high expectations of a novel IT IS FICTION people

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    (New) [Straight Man] by Richard Russo What ails people is never simple and William of Occam who provided mankind with a beacon of rationality by which to view the world of physical circumstance knew better than to apply his razor to the irrational where entities multiply like st

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    Richard Russo ✓ 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY á MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US ✓ Richard Russo READ & DOWNLOAD Straight Man He lives his life as head of the English Department at a western Pennsylvania University Married he is the father of grown children the owner of a house and dog The fifty years of his life has been dedicated to the fine honing of obstinate vengeance the satisfaction of tripping others up the culmination not of progressing himself or family but the endless monotone of self destruction These are the conseuences with which he scul

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