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[[ Epub ]] ❥ That Old Cape Magic Author Richard Russo – Eiyo.us

That Old Cape MagicCaprice De Tout Jeune Adulte Ou Simple D Sir De D Couverte, Jack Se Met Douter De L Enseignement Dispens Au Cours De Son Enfance Aussi, Il D Cide De Quitter Les Siens Pour Se Faire Sa Propre Id E Du Monde Dont Il A Entendu Parler Sans Jamais Le D Couvrir De Ses Propres Yeux Motiv Par La Perspective D Apprendre Au Travers De Rencontres Plus Ou Moins H T Roclites, Il S Imagine Partir L Aventure Pour D Couvrir Son Pays Et Ses Habitants, Quels Qu Ils Soient Riches Ou Pauvres, Peu Importe Qui Ils Sont Curieux De Conna Tre Leurs Exp Riences, Jack Veut D Sormais Tre Libre De Vivre Sa Vie.

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  1. says:

    As usual in Russo s stories we have a middle aged man struggling in the present and reflecting back on his upbringing, trying to figure out how he got this way Not that s he s in a bad way He s 57, married 34 years, a college English professor in Connecticut who occasionally takes time away from professing to write film scripts in Hollywood His parents, both college English professors, view script writing as akin to prostitution With three English professors in the story I think we get enough of a taste of that world of oddities, petty politics and political correctness to just about call this an academic novel.So, our main character is at a critical point in life He s had a good marriage, but it s reached a point where he and his wife are separating and each taking a lover for a year Can they ever patch it up and get back together as they both seem to want to do The present day action in the story centers around two weddings about a year apart, first the best friend of their daughter s wedding and then their own daughter s wedding As a child, the daughter had always been terrified t...


  2. says:

    The title refers to a modification of the song That Old Black Magic, a tune sung with verve and hope by narrator Jack Griffin s parents when they would cross the bridge into Cape Cod every summer for one month of relief from eleven months of misery Each of the book s eleven chapters connects to some aspect of Cape Cod in Jack s life, from summer vacations there as a kid, to his honeymoon to the wedding of his daughter s friend, and later his daughter s wedding Place is important to the story beyond Cape Cod Jack s parents, both from upstate New York, aspired to live and teach in Ivy, or near Ivy League institutions in the northeast, but their Ivy League degrees are not sufficient to gain them Ivy League careers and they are relegated to the mid fucking west His wife s parents, and thus her familial connections, are in Republican, suburban California Living in Connecticut offers strains to her as well Along with Cape Cod as a central image, the relationship of Jack to his parents is a core concern, familiar turf for Russo How much of any of us is truly our own How much are we influenced, formed by our parents How much of them can we set aside, escape, embrace and still be separate people How much of what we want is really our own, and not a carry forward of our parents dreams In career, in marriage, in family Jack struggles with trying to live his own life His parents are always in his thoughts He is even ...


  3. says:

    I find Richard Russo s greatest strength to be the humanity he gives to his working class, somewhat crude, and deeply flawed characters in the blue collar New England and upstate New York towns he generally chronicles.That said, this is a book centered on the highly cerebral problems of a middle aged, middle class academic going through a life crisis Soyeah, not so much.Russo s writing ability still shines through, but the characters just don t have that sympathetic spark that binds the reader to the character despite the character s usually major issues Griffin, the main character, spends so much time pitying himself that there s no room for anyone else to feel sorry for him, and so I spent the entire novel feeling vaguely annoyed with him and flat out not liking many of the other characters.Then there s my general lack of patience for that entire genre the New England academic writer experiencing a midlife crisis It s awfully ...


  4. says:

    This book has moments in which you can see that Richard Russo has vision and could write a masterpiece This is not it This is pretty much your predictable fluffy marriage on the rocks, but we really love each other novel There is humor, conflict of the soul, and the proven conviction that there is no such thing as a family that is not dysfunctional on some level It is also about the expectations we have of ourselves and those other have for us, and how those conflict and often disappoint It seems also to be about the inability of people to know anyone else in anything than a surface way, even those we think we know completely.After a very slow start, I became engaged with Jack Griffin and his efforts to unravel the truth about himself, his parents, and his life I particularly enjoyed his humorous scenes that serve to break up the heaviness of this kind of introspection and a couple of quirky characters that make you shake your head a b...


  5. says:

    Russo said in an interview that he d originally intended for this to be a short story Then he wrote a scene where Jack Griffin, his main character, was on the side of the road talking to his shrew of a mother on the phone when a seagull flew by and dropped a calling card on his head At that point any tidy resolutions to Griffin s problems weren t going to work further development was going to be needed But at 261 pages, we could have used To be honest, it felt a little thin I say this at the same time I claim Russo as a personal favorite I m grateful for dollops of any size Had this been my first of his books, I d have nary a critical word But fans know the heights he can scale.Griffin is a 55 year old academic, a former screenwriter, a husband, and a son, but doesn t seem fully engaged in any of his roles With parents like his, pulling away was understandable They were academics themselves, Ivy leaguers appointed beneath their station in the Mid effing west, with a haughty disdain for their intellectual inferiors which to them included pretty much everyone At times they were laughably bad on...


  6. says:

    This is the first book by Richard Russo that I have read and I know he has had some great reviews on previous publications This was just an OK book for me It reminded me of a 21st Century Updike or Cheevers There was almost as much drinking, cheating and dysfunction, but not as many interesting people The academic snobbery hasn t changed with the century Other than the male protagonist s wife , daughter and temporary girlfriend, I didn t like or relate to any of the characters in this book Russo created three somewhat likable and interesting females, but the rest of the cast is aggravating and or uninspiring I won t miss being part of their world.The writing is yeomanly, but no one sentence or paragraph makes you say boy I wish that I had written that Since this is a character study, there are no attempts at vivid...


  7. says:

    A menudo los hijos se nos parecen, y as nos dan la primera satisfacci n, que dec a el inefable Serrat Aunque tambi n es verdad que algunas de nuestras actitudes vistas en nuestros hijos nos puedan producir tristeza Pero, qu ocurre cuando es al contrario qu pasa cuando nos horroriza descubrir en nosotros esa herencia de nuestros padres, a los que por nada del mundo nos querr amos parecer Este es el hilo conductor de este libro que transcurre por la carretera secundaria de la crisis de madurez del protagonista y en la que a un lado y a otro de la misma se nos despliegan esas historias simples en apariencia, en las que se plantean temas tan comunes como las relaciones entre marido y mujer, hijos y padres, yernos, nueras y suegros, sue os, planes juveniles, objetivos que cambian co...


  8. says:

    This is my first Russo book and I did enjoy it Some have said it s about a man s midlife crisis, but I am not altogether sure that s what it s about at all It s about a man and his wife, his parents and hers It s about the influences and familial situations and relationships real or imagined that make us who we are.It s about guilt, love, self effacing, self love or at least self acceptance It s about what it really ...


  9. says:

    No one does human nastiness better than Richard Russo Empire Falls was one of the best books I ever read Terrific That was small town nastiness This one is Cape Cod nastiness So there was a bit of deja vu. These people were the kind of people that think God made Cape Cod just for them The kind that get rid of the natural pine needle yards and plant green grass with just enough fertilizer and pesticide to poison their own groundwater The kind that Trump voters complain about being elitist In fact, they never say the Midwest They always say the fucking Midwest And I do mean always And they never just mention a Midwestern state like Iowa It is always fucking Iowa There were some nasty jabs along the way that made me cringe Is the point that w...


  10. says:

    Rick Russo s new book contains some familiar, beloved elements for Russo philes a devoted, exhausted wife a smart, snarky daughter an irritating mother who doesn t stop meddling, even after death and at the center, a restless, loving soul, this time the professor Griffin, who wrestles with life s meaning, love, and legacy But there s new ground here too, not least in the brevity and economy of the story Plus, at times CAPE MAGIC is laugh out loud funny than any Russo book in recent memory Above all, I found the faint whiff of mortality hovering over these pages, which gave the tale a sense of gravity and sobriety even in the midst of its ...

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