From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Alan, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.
Empire Falls, Maine, has seen the inexorable failure of its logging and textile industries, the once mighty holdings of the Whiting clan, presided over by the last scion's widow, now mostly amount to decrepit real estate.
Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom front the Empire Grill, an opportunity that has become the albatross of his ambitions. Brought home from college by family obligations-- his mother ailing, his father it loose cannon -- Miles himself now has a divorce to contend with, but also a beloved daughter to guide gently through adolescence.
Miles also proves an excellent guide to this hardscrabble, persistent community: fathers and sons and daughters, living and dead, rich and poor. Shot through with mysteries of generations and the shattering visitations of the nation at large -- Empire Falls is a social novel of stunning ambition, and a master storyteller's magnum opus....Continua
dal prologo mi aspettavo tutt'altro libro, più in chiave socio-economica. Invece è un romanzo di sentimenti. Non brutto, affatto, ma francamente nemmeno da Pulitzer, secondo il mio modestissimo parere.
La Great American Novel colpisce ancora. Storia di tre generazioni sullo sfondo del crollo dell'industria tessile nella provincia americana. Se non ci fossero il ritratto di una cattivissima e lampeggi di grande ironia forse potrebbe passare inosservato. Invece me lo ricorderò, spero, a lungo....Continua
This book is not only a wonderful study of small town life, with expertly crafted characters, it is the type of story that slowly creeps up on you as the book progresses, leaving you pleasantly surprised at the end with just how good it was.