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Empire Falls

DOWNLOAD ↠ Empire Falls READ ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Russo SUMMARY Empire Falls Ly 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 in a work that overflows with hilarity heartache and grace. Winner of the Pulitzer prize 2002What a charming bookEmpire Falls in about everyday life in a small New England town that is in decline Humorous but also sad Everyone in our bookclub was glad to have read this book Just wonderful5 out of 5 stars

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Empire Falls READ ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Russo SUMMARY Empire Falls Welcome to Empire Falls a blue collar town full of abandoned mills whose citizens surround themselves with the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors and who find humor and hope in the most unlikely places in this Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Richard RussoMiles Roby has been slinging bur. I suspect that most people reading this review do NOT live in the hometown where they were born You didn t marry your high school sweetheart andor going on forty you re not still secretly in love with an old sweetheart who still lives in town You don t live in a couple of sleazy rooms above the diner you run Your ex alcoholic brother and your borderline anorexic teen aged daughter don t flip burgers and wait tables for you Your ex wife s new husband doesn t hang out drinking coffee at the lunch counter trying to be your friend No hard feelings Your Dad doesn t come in trying to get free food and steal beer money from the register The high school bully doesn t still bully you and now he s a cop Your ex mother in law doesn t run the bar across the street from your diner But you re still friends with her because you re the harmless type of guy that mothers want their daughters to marry You don t freuently go out of your way to park outside the house you grew up in and despair that it is now deteriorated and occupied by drug dealers To me a major theme of this book is what it would be like to have stayed in your hometown As a geographer I enjoy reading and thinking about this theme There are Movers and Stayers and even research studies about how these folks are different we all know both types A recent Pew Research study found that movers tend to be college educated they move for jobs and once they move out of their hometown they are likely to move again in search of better employment and greener pastures The stayers about 37% of American adults who still live in or around the town they were born in stay for family ties The Mid West has the highest proportion of stayers the West the least East and South are in the middle The story you have snippets of the story in the things I wrote above about movers and stayers There is a real story here almost a plot that becomes evident as the story moves along It s tightly knit and revealed bit by bit as we learn the significance of events that the boy experienced early in life without understanding then what was happening And it takes him 40 years to figure some of it outWe re in a dying former mill town in Maine a few hours from Boston A significant component of the story actually involves mover and stayer philosophy when the main character s mother was dying from cancer she implored him or less Get out of this town get out don t stay that s why I sent you away to college Even though his mother dies he chooses to drop out of college and stay An aging widow runs the town Her family owns the now abandoned shirt factory that almost everyone used to work in she even owns the diner that the main character runs and she owns the bar that his mother in law runs Not realizing the full story of how events fit together even as an adult the main character does not understand that the widow runs people as well as the town and that she is wreaking vengeance on him in subtle but vicious waysAlong the way we get glimpses of modern American life in such a has been place The re occurring Trump like rumors born of desperation that the factory will re open as if Americans are going to start making shirts again for 2 an hour the church closings due to population loss the probably gay priest the desperation of the left behind elderly like his father who have to borrow and scam people for beer money a horrendous school violence incident Here are a few passages I liked and some reveal a little of the story The short man disliked calling attention to that fact so The furniture was of the sort used in model homes and trailers to give the impression of spaciousness this optical illusion worked well enough except on those occasions when large people came to visit and then the effect was that of a lavish dollhouse Kids today stuffed the entire contents of their lockers into their seam stitched backpacks and brought it all home probably Miles figured so they wouldn t have to think through what they d need and what they could do without thereby avoiding the kinds of decisions that might trail conseuences To her way of thinking any man with no sex drive than Miles Roby the main character possessed might better have just gone ahead and embraced celibacy and been done with it instead of disappointing poor girls like herself the teen aged daughter thinks at least she didn t have to go to church any now that her mother had replaced Catholicism with aerobics The donut shop in Empire Falls had always been one of Max Roby s favorite places because of its smoking policy which was Go ahead See if we care The old Alzheimer prone priest thinks of the main character s father he d always held Max Roby in the lowest possible esteem as a blasphemer a shiftless charmer a drinker and a general ne er do well What he seemed less clear about was why he d objected to these ualities The younger priest says of the older priest s strange utterances I understand why it s coming out but how do you suppose it got in there Listening to people talk on the telephone for Father Tom s way of thinking was the next best thing to hearing confessions When the main character is a young boy his father is arrested as a public nuisance Having this short phrase to describe him was better than suspecting that his father was so different and unnatural that nobody had yet invented a way to describe him It pleased him to imagine God as someone like his mother someone beleaguered by too many responsibilities too dog tired to monitor an energetic boy every minute of the day but who out of love and fear for his safety checked in on him whenever she could Surely God must have other projects besides Man just as parents had responsibilities other than raising their children I liked the well knit slowly revealed plot and I loved the humor and the irony shown in some of the uotes above A great read and I m adding it to my favorites first one in a couple of months photo of Gem Diner syracusenewscommill in Maine from abnfco

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Empire Falls READ ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Russo SUMMARY Empire Falls Gers 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 noxious. This was my first taste of Richard Russo s wonderful prose and lifelike characters The book follows the lives of Miles Roby and his family in the dying industrial town of Empire Falls Maine The town itself is beautifully described throughout as the book transpires over a school year Miles daughter Tick s senior year at Empire High I really loved how Russo writes dialog both exterior and interior and his sense of humor and irony Most of the time I felt like I was sitting in the Empire Grill listening to Walt doing his Perry Como impersonations while Horace was beating him in gin Max was trying to steal money from the till David was slinging burgers with his one good hand Tick was ringing the bell over the door as she came in slumped over by her heavy backpack The way that Russo uses beats in dialogs greatly added to the realism I also found the two antagonists Francine Whiting and Jimmy Minty to be great foils to Miles The bool weaves wonderful parallels between the past and present and is rich in analogies The central message is one of taking responsibility for one s fate rather than blaming circumstances for one s shortcomings Both the Prologue and Epilogue are wonderful bookends to the main story I can definitely see how he earned his Pulitzer in 2002 for this fantastic book I have subseuently read Nobody s Fool and Everybody s Fool and loved and reviewed both here on GR

  • Paperback
  • 483
  • Empire Falls
  • Richard Russo
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 9780375726408

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    SUMMARY Empire Falls READ ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Russo Richard Russo Ì 0 DOWNLOAD The small Maine town of Empire Falls has seen better days  The local and once booming timber and textile industries have run their course and all that remains is the abandoned and decrepit real estate of what once was  The blue collar workers of this small New England community struggle to find the few jobs remaining that allow them to keep the wolf at the door and food on the table ever hopeful of revitali

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    Empire Falls [Pdf Free] Empire Falls Maine is a town that’s best days are long behind it The mill and factory that used to be the main employers have been closed for years and the only person around with two dimes to rub together is the very rich Francine Whiting who essentially owns and controls everything worth having in the area Mi

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