➲ Empire Falls Read ➺ Author Richard Russo – Tactical-player.co.uk

Empire Falls Bittersweet story about everyday life in a small town, or so it seems I have to admit that I was a little bored at the beginning of it the prologue was a little dry, in my opinion , but once I got into the present day scenario, Russo gradually brought t 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 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 gr Lives are rivers We imagine we can direct their paths, though in the end there s but one destination, and we end up being true to ourselves only because we have no choice People speak of selfishness, but that s another folly, because of course there s no such thing I ve been pondering this quote for some time now after having finished Richard Russo s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Empire Falls Is it true that we have no choice in where our lives take us Do we only perceive that we have choiLives are rivers We imagine we can direct their paths, though in the end there s but one destination, and we end up being true to ourselves only because we have no choice People speak of se coup de foudre A sudden unexpected event, especially an emotional one love at first sight The reviews that I find the most difficult to write are not the negative or even the glowing ones, but the ones about books that that may be not the best written or the best plotted but touch me on a personal level, the ones that strike close to my inner core I haven t read any other novel by Richard Russo, but starting on Empire Falls felt like going to a party where you don t know anybody, starting coup de foudre A sudden unexpected event, especially an emotional one love at first sight The reviews that I find the most difficult to write are not the negative or even the glowing ones, but the ones about b 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 a In this past year of reading I ve found it easy to get through a book quickly, decide whether I enjoyed it or not, and move on to the next book in the infinite pile Most books I ll read in a week or so, and I approach my leisure time in a workman like manner it is relaxation time, but it also follows a pretty regular schedule Rare are the books that cause me to slow down and delay finishing a novel simply to prolong the enjoyment provided by its reading Empire Falls is that type of book It In this past year of reading I ve found it easy to get through a book quickly, decide whether I enjoyed it or not, and move on to the next book in the infinite pile Most books I ll read in a week or so, and I approach my leisure time in a workman like manner it is relaxation time, but it also follows a pretty regular schedule Rare are the books that cause me to slow down and delay finishing a novel simply to prolong the enjoyment provided by its reading Empire Falls is that type of book It is the perfect type of book for winter it moves at a leisurely pace, is rich in character, and has absolutely stunning writing Empire Falls is a close as you can get to a perfect novel.But a pitch perfect novel is not exactly what you d expect from reading the synopsis printed on the back of the novel Miles Roby is a soon to be divorced manager at the Empire Grill trying to raise his high school age daughter Tick in rural Maine Miles is Now and then, you find a book which manages to enthrall you so deeply that you simply know you will return to it over and over again, perhaps to embrace the writing style, perhaps to meet these characters again or perhaps to simply let yourself be immersed by the wonderful atmosphere of that specific book Empire Falls is such a book I loved every single page of this book, and yet I know there are readers who would rip this book apart, saying things like nothing ever happens or where is the Now and then, you find a book which manages to enthrall you so deeply that you simply know you will return to it over and over again, perhaps to embrace the writing style, I ve really fallen in love with the characters in this one.To me, the most difficult thing to do in literature is develop a character Character driven novels are a gamble because if they are not handled correctly, they can crash and burn before they ve taken off Plot driven novels are a safer bet, but then you d miss out on an opportunity to really provoke your reader I liked Empire Falls primarily because of how real Miles and Max and Mrs Whiting, etc felt to me.This book encompasses what I ve really fallen in love with the characters in this one.To me, the most difficult thing to do in literature is develop a character Character driven novels are a gamble because if they are not handled correctly, they can crash and burn before they ve taken off Plot driven novels are a safer bet, but then you d miss out on an opportunity to really provoke your reader I liked Empire Falls primarily because of how real Miles and Max and Mrs Whiting, etc fel 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 revitalized opportunities And it is here that we meet Miles Roby, manager of The Empire Grill 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 revitalized opportunities And it is here that we meet Miles Roby, manager of The Empire Grill 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 Russo.Miles Roby Has Been Slinging Burgers 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 Noxiously 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


About the Author: Richard Russo

RICHARD RUSSO is the author of seven previous novels two collections of stories and Elsewhere, a memoir In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple award winning HBO miniseries.


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