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Richard Russo
Genre Fiction
Vintage Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
272 pages
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When we finish reading That Old Cape Magic, we know we’ll start rereading it soon. And that the characters will come to mind at the most unpredictable times.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. When we finish reading That Old Cape Magic, we know we’ll start rereading it soon. We will stay on speaking terms with them more than we do with some of our real-life cousins.

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family . Straight Man: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries).

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he ha. Richard Russo: I myself have never been to a wedding where a guest got stuck in a tree, but we're attending a wedding on the Cape this summer and I have high hopes. From Publishers Weekly.

Author: Russo, Richard.

Originally published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback series-and reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire Falls-Richard Russo’s Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate New York and chronicles over a dozen.

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has. The storytelling. The storytelling is flawless throughout, moments of great comedy and even hilarity alternating with others of rueful understanding and heart-stopping sadness, and its ending is at once surprising, uplifting and unlike anything this Pulitzer Prize winner has ever written.

Empire falls : a novel, Richard Russo.

It’s a perfectly lovely wedding weekend on the Cape, but for Griffin, the middle-aged father of the bride, it marks the beginning of his descent into a failed marriage, a confrontation with his parents’ deaths, and the realization that his life does not measure up to the life he thought he wanted. Empire falls : a novel, Richard Russo. 1st ed. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-80988-9.

In this uproarious new novel, Richard Russo performs his characteristic high-wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak. Vintage Contemporaries. Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, J. the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character-he is a born anarchist- and partly in. the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans.

That Old Cape Magic Vintage Contemporaries Series. Издание: перепечатанное.

This may be the best novel I have read on marriage since Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose. When Griffin returns to Cape Cod for his daughter’s wedding. That Old Cape Magic Vintage Contemporaries Series.

He has written seven other novels, a collection of short stories . New York State Writers Institute, State University of New York. Audio recording of Russo reading a chapter of That Old Cape Magic from the Maine Humanities Council and the Portland Public Library.

He has written seven other novels, a collection of short stories, and a memoir (Elsewhere). Russo co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with the director Robert Benton. Benton adapted Russo's Nobody's Fool as a 1994 film of the same title, starring Paul Newman, which he also directed. Richard Russo on IMDb.

For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod.  The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened? By turns hilarious, rueful, and uplifting, That Old Cape Magic is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind.
  • Domarivip
Slow start, but a great read. Especially so if academia was part of your life, as a student, but even more so as an instructor. There are parts of the book that make you wish you were an anti intellectual, and parts that will make you glad you are not. Russo adds just enough comedy to keep it interesting, the ending a bit predictable but well written. For me, just back from a wedding on the Cape, having not set foot there for decades, it was a nice trip down memory lane.
  • Togar
Russo's characters follow the Woody Allen dictum "80% of life is showing up". Yes, the characters are just like you and me, and it is easy to empathize. I like this style and rate Russo as a current favorite author. This is a good read---particularly a pool side, beach, summer vacation read that most of us like to have available. I smile when I think of comparing this contemporary story with say a "Jack Reacher" mayhem thriller. Here is a test. Read the book and when you finish it, go to your bathroom mirror and look at yourself. Ask yourself which books you have read are more creditable. Interesting challenge?
  • Hiclerlsi
Up front, let me state that this is no "Bridge of Sighs," which is one of my favorite novels by Richard Russo. But, getting that out of the way, let me further state that I think it is a better book than many critics copped to when it was published last year. Jack Griffin, the protagonist of the novel, is a former Hollywood screen writer who became a college professor after his marriage to the enchanting Joy, whose only flaw seems to have been that her parents were very conservative mid-West Republicans. But, Jack is now living the dream of his parents, also college professors who longed to teach at an Ivy League school, and who summered on Cape Cod as their reward for having to teach at a "pathetic" mid-
Western college.

A neglected, but not abused, only child, Jack grew up feeling his parent's indifference toward him. As an adult, Jack finds it difficult to make decisions, as shown by his inability to decide where to scatter the ashes of his late father. Instead, Jack puts the remains in the trunk of his car, remains that are later joined by those of Jack's mother, whose thoughts and opinions remain in his head, seemingly coming from the "beyond." If his mother haunting him wasn't enough, Jack and his wife separate, and Jack begins to doubt the truth of many of his memories, particularly those of his childhood. He spends much of the year that is the time period of this novel writing and rewriting a story from his youth that may or may not be true. Is Jack a reliable narrator or is he creating a story that fits his view of himself as an adult?

One can see this book almost as a Seinfeld -- a story about nothing. And indeed in the tradition of that sit-com, the book is populated by unusual characters, some of whom are quite amusing, and others who are almost cliches. I felt the book to be well-written, with the characteristic Russo irony and humor. In the end, for me, the book was an examination of how our preceptions of our parents and our childhood may be totally right, totally wrong, or somewhere in between, but at any rate they have the capacity to haunt us, probably forever, unless we can decide to come to terms with them, as uncomfortable as that may be.
  • Dori
Boy can Richard Russo write in ways that hit you in the gut. His tale of Jack Griffin, who at age 57, is still struggling with the traumas of idiosyncratic parents and a childhood spent witnessing their quirky behavior. His own marriage is greatly under the influence of that struggle as his patient spouse waits for Griffin to finally get over it. Everything comes to a head with two weddings within a year that bring the most important people in Griffin's life together and push his "coming of age" crisis to the brink.

Russo's characters in this book are terrific, particularly those of Jack Griffin and his two, particularly opinionated and outspoken parents, who have partially off-loaded their own frustrated professional ambitions and intellectual prejudices on their son.

The first wedding event in the story takes place on Cape Cod, a place especially rife with memories as Griffin's parents used it as an annual summer sanctuary from their less than happy lives teaching in the Midwest during the rest of the year. For Jack Griffin, visiting the Cape is very much a melancholy trip, and this visit brings his own marriage to the point of crisis.

The second of the book's seminal events, the marriage of Griffin's own daughter, takes places in Maine the summer following the Cape Cod event. While the presence of dead parents is very much a reality, this time the focus is on Jack and his own marriage and future. Russo brings things to resolution with a Marx-brothers-like scenario that dispels most of the angst that marked the first half of the book.

There is a lot to think about and enjoy in "That Old Cape Magic." Not the least of which are those uncomfortable questions we all ask ourselves in middle age about earlier life choices and the big one--have we managed to avoid becoming clones of our parents?

Highly enjoyable story by a first-rate novelist.