6 edition of Straight Man found in the catalog.
Roger L. Simon
October 1987 by Warner Books .
Written in English
The s also saw the introduction of one of comedy's strangest yet most successful double acts in Reeves and Mortimer. Hank is a decade younger, and his edges are a little more sanded down. A dynamic soon developed in which the straight man was a more integral part of the act, setting up jokes for the comic to deliver a punch line. By the s, double acts were beginning to attract worldwide fame more readily through the silent era.
You will, however, be happy that you spent some time along with him for the ride. The first double act to gain worldwide fame through film was Laurel and Hardy. The ability to maintain a serious demeanor in the face of even the most preposterous comedy is crucial to a successful straight man. Hank is a decade younger, and his edges are a little more sanded down. The narrator of Richard Russo's hilarious fourth novel is a man whom nearly everyone finds exasperating.
And there's Hank, who hasn't published a book since his own hiring almost half his lifetime ago. These attractions are sexual, romantic or both and can be expressed in various ways, from erotic fantasies to actual behavior. Before ''Straight Man'' ends, in an epilogue that jumps us from April to August, Hank Devereaux has run an emotional gantlet, and he has been changed by the experience, though not, of course, changed utterly. Realizing that he isn't happy is a shock to him. But Russo, the author of the novels ''Mohawk,'' ''The Risk Pool'' and ''Nobody's Fool,'' is interested in more than generating laughter, and ''Straight Man'' strikes me as the funniest serious novel I have read since -- well, maybe since ''Portnoy's Complaint. Despite the usual name, women can fulfill an equivalent role, although they are often described as a "comedic foil.
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During the course of the novel, which begins with the burial of one dog and ends with the interment of another, Hank manages to get himself in continuous trouble, in jail, in a ladies room where he attempts to divest himself of the pants, shoe and sock he has peed inin the hospital and out of a job.
It is not hard to see why. These are stories you want to live in, not just read; hangout movies for the page. There's Paul Rourke, Hank's nemesis and neighbor, who's sworn never to laugh at anything Hank says.
Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park.
When someone accuses him of being a typist in Vietnam, he corrects them by pointing out that he was actually "a typist during Vietnam". Read more. He's a convincing, friendly point-of-view man, however, and his voice succeeds at drawing us into this hilarious, poignant novel of academe.
But I think that's perhaps more a reflection of the closeness I feel to Russo's books and their characters than it is a criticism of his characterisation of Hank. And there's Hank, who hasn't published a book since his own hiring almost half his lifetime ago.
Hank's catchphrase is "I'm no insert just about any type of person or profession but I can play that role". Here, many of the big issues revolve around reduced photocopying budgets, and "promotion is a little like being proclaimed the winner in a shit-eating contest".
Laurel could loosely be described as the comic, though the pair were one of the first not to fit the mold in the way that many double acts do, with both taking a fairly equal share of the laughs.
He is not a disgruntled straight man tired of sex with women, nor is he necessarily unhappy or frustrated with the availability of heterosexual sex. Like most of his tenured colleagues, he is amazed still to be ensconced at West Central Pennsylvania University, a third-rate state school. They are finally finished with a very long chapter of their lives, and the unresolved issues that had been created so long ago.
In its most inspired set piece, Hank -- wearing a fake nose and glasses -- appears on local television facetiously threatening to kill a duck a day until he gets a department budget. This section contains words approx.
Unforgettable, compassionate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Straight Man cements Richard Russo's reputation as one of the master storytellers of our time.
The Mighty Boosh also played with the formula but essentially remained traditional at their roots.Richard Russo ’s Straight Man invalidates the widely held notion in academe that nothing happens in a department during an interim chair’s watch.
Up to a point, fiction mirrors life in Russo’s. “In English departments the most serious competition is for the role of straight man.” — Richard Russo, “Straight Man” Bob Newhart has been an extremely funny comedian for decades, but in all of his situation comedies he was the straight man.
The humor came in his reactions to the zany behavior of other characters.4/5(86). Free download or read online Straight Man pdf (ePUB) book.
The first edition of the novel was published in January 1stand was written by Richard Russo. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format.
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