Reviews in 200 Words

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

In Novel on August 26, 2009 at 1:17 am

It’s hard to say what this book is about the same way that it’s hard to say what your own life is about. This isn’t so much a story to consider or a far away world to wonder about as much as it is a mirror. Jack Griffin is an English professor and screenwriter, but like most folks in academics, the job gets dry. Griffin is getting old, his marriage is getting old and his job is getting old; the only thing that doesn’t age—that keeps him interested and fanaticizing—is Cape Cod. The Cape is escape and wind and out-of-the-way joints. The Cape is everything the Midwest is not. Russo’s characters are sarcastic and likeable—really likeable—the kind you’d buy a drink or two for even when you don’t have the money to spare and you can tell their wallets are loaded. Life is a series of cycles, of course: relationships, beginnings, ends, realizing you’ve become your parents, vacations, work, driving. Russo keeps the subtle plot alive but really just presents characters and life: how to be a child, an adult, a parent, a person who knows loss.
var addthis_pub=”4a15a25902260031″;

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: