1.09.2004

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

I like how Russo has tied together old story threads into one. You can recognize a bit of Dickens' Great Expectations and Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily." If you stick through to the middle, there's a revelation that rewards in pulling together certain plot elements.

Has anyone read Russo's book? Thoughts?

Although I haven't yet finished to say with authority, the main problem is how all the characters are so deeply judgmental that it troubles me. No one seems willing to look past the hard shell exteriors to find the humanity of the "bad guys," and good and bad do seem delineated. His book Straight Man felt more humane in its examinations of humans, which is odd since most consider anything with a little satire less sensitive.

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