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Empire FallsДвадесет години Майлс Роби приготвя хамбургери в грил бар „Емпайър” Тази работа го е лишила от колежанско образование и самоуважение Защо не се откаже от нея кой и какво го задържа? Може би прекрасната му чувствителна дъщеря Кристина която се нуждае от помощта му за да оцелее в местната гимназия Или Джанин която скоро ще стане бивша съпруга на Майлс за 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

Richard Russo ↠ Empire Falls book

хванала се с неприлично суетния собственик на фитнес клуб Или може би го задържа Франсин Уайтинг на която принадлежи всичко в градчето като „всичко“ включва и самия МайлсВ „Емпайър Фолс” Ричард Русо прониква в същността на онази Америка която е населена с дребни собственици работници на надница и занаятчии към които той се отнася с хумор съчувствие 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  Miles is a good and decent man who did not always dream of flipping burgers and taking care of the grill in fact at one time he had promising opportunities slated for his future  But then life as it is wont to do bit back and he answered an urgent call to return home from college and help care for his ailing Mother   The vast majority of  the real estate and by extension the job opportunities in Empire Falls are owned  and controlled by the Whiting family or to be precise Francine Whiting  This really is not a plot driven novel  The real bounty here lay in the character development of the residents of Empire Falls that we largely come to know through Miles Roby  And oh my word what a treasure trove of characters they are  So real and flawed everyday folk fleshed out so well by Russo’s pen that you may find yourself recognizing a few of them within your own circle of associates friends and family   Seriously I am so astounded by the raw talent on display here  These people walk talk and breathe stagger and stink all over these pages  And such a wide cast of people each saddled with their own histories beliefs resentments weaknesses dreams and strengths and real life struggles  I feel like I know them all intimatelyWhen you get to know people that well for better or worse you care about what happens to them And there is a lot going on here  Miles is on the cusp of a divorce and his ex’s future husband loves to hang about and taunt him  His brother is a recovering addict and Miles just can’t be sure he won’t fall off the wagon  Then there is his teenage daughter Tick who is spreading her own wings while coping with the ruins of her parents marriage  His employer the stoic Francine maintains a strange hold over Miles and his father is the most colourful odiferous vagrant you are ever likely to meet  And so many  What Russo has accomplished here in Empire Falls is nothing short of masterful  It is a social novel on a grand scale that reflects real life issues with all the inherent joys and sorrows beauty and blisters   This is epic storytelling that will extend its gracious arms in welcome  and bruise your battered hopeful heart  

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Empire Falls kindle ↠ eBook Free Ô Двадесет години Майлс Роби приготвя хамбургери в грил бар „Емпайър” Тази работа го е лишила от колежанско образование и самоуважение Защо не се откаже от нея кой и кактърпение и разбиранеС „Емпайър Фолс” Ричард Русо утвърждава репутацията си на един от най убедителните и страстни разказвачи През 2002 г романът получава наградата Пулицър за художествена литература а три години по късно е екранизиран от режисьора Фред Шепизи с участието на Ед Харис Пол Нюман Хелън Хънт Филип Хофман Джоан Удуърд Робин Райт Ейдън Куин? 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 Miles Robey was on the verge of earning his college degree and escaping Empire Falls forever when he returned home to care for his dying mother and ended up working for Mrs Whiting as the manager of the Empire GrillTwo decades later and Miles is a middle aged punching bag still slinging burgers who probably bursts into tears every time he hears Pearl Jam’s Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town His selfish wife Janine is divorcing Miles to marry health club owner Walt Comeau who likes to stop by the Empire Grill every afternoon to rub it in Miles’ father Max is the town neer do well who is impervious to guilt and is constantly trying to get money out of him Town cop Jimmy Minty starts approaching Miles under the guise of friendship but has some long simmering grudge against him Worst of all is that Miles has to report the slender profits to Mrs Whiting even as she refuses to pay for any improvements to the increasingly shabby diner The one bright spot in life for Miles is his teen aged daughter Tick who he loves dearly and has a close relationship withThis is the first book I’ve read by Russo Although I’ve seen the movie version of Nobody’s Fool and I absolutely loved it At least until the ending but we’ll get to that shortly The depiction of a small blue collar town slowly going under was done incredibly well from the opening that describes how Empire Falls has been ruled by the Whitings for generations and how heir CB went from his dream of wanting to be a poet and artist in Mexico to running the family business and marrying FrancineThe characters are another big selling point because there’s a lot than I described in the brief summary above and all of them seem rich and fully developed It’s to Russo’s credit that he was able to make a cast that includes some absolutely infuriating and unpleasant people and make you at least understand all of them There were times where I wished that Miles would push his father out of a moving car or toss a pan full of hot grease into the face of Walt but there was also a certain obnoxious charm to them most of the timeMiles is the heart of the book and I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to like him much in the early going I’m generally not a fan of passive characters that are so wrapped up in regrets and unearned guilt that they’re essentially just pawns for anyone looking to use them and Miles fits this description to a T Being raised Catholic by his selfless mother has convinced him that wanting anything is practically a sin and he’s almost pathologically incapable of standing up for himself However Miles’ brother is constantly calling him out for taking the path of least resistance and urging him to at least try to change his circumstances That awareness of his nature and the flashes of backbone that Miles shows at times make him sympathetic despite being pretty much a doormatAs far as the ending view spoiler I loved that Mrs Whiting had essentially turned Miles into an indentured servant because of the affair his mother had with her husband Miles seemed exceptionally slow on the uptake there but the hardest place to see a trap is from inside it However I was less pleased with other elements John Voss shooting the people in the high school was the kind of dramatic moment that it would take for Miles to make a big gesture like leaving Empire Falls to protect Tick So while I wasn’t sold on the idea of this character driven story about small town secrets and regrets turning into a ripped from the headlines tragedy it made sense in that respect But I didn’t like how everything got kind of deus ex machina after that Mrs Whiting drowns Jimmy Minty is disgraced Zach gets shipped off to Seattle Janine leaves Walt all while David and Bea get the new restaurant going That all just seemed a little too convenient for Miles hide spoiler