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  1. says:

    Can Albany's political machine run without its star mechanic?William Kennedy's latest novel about Albany takes us back to the good old days when political corruption was fun After a year without the Clintons in the White House Roscoe is a bittersweet reminder of the comedy we've been missing in this new age of s

  2. says:

    So well written Clever way of blending magic realism in Roscoe’s memories distinguished from the narrative of the now Such venal low lifes however well educated those Albany pols wereare Ultimately their lives revolved around sex prostitution gambling cock fighting greed corruption power

  3. says:

    Within the last six months I've read the three books in the Albany trilogy by William Kennedy and liked them les

  4. says:

    Tragicomic story about Albany politics people and sordid lives Brilliantly executed proof of Kennedy's genius it expresses deep even insurmountable cynicism No heroes here just anti heroes vs fools vs outright villains you choose which is which I prefer Kennedy when he expresses some glimmer of hope None found here

  5. says:

    Sadly Kennedy has finally penned an utter stinker as part of the Albany Cycle Read the other 6 or 7 and you'll have a brilliant history of the place This one is a bore with a boring character at the center of it

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    Rubbishplain and simple

  7. says:

    This is writing and storytelling at its most powerful Gritty spare evocative it's everything a reader wants in a book Run don't walk

  8. says:

    This book contains one of the best descriptions of how an urban political machine operates

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    I don’t know about you but from my point of view it seems like these days are dominated politics We’re being force fed a steady diet of it like geese being prepared for goose liver pate’ in a gourmet restaurant at least until the fall slaughter er ah I meant to say election when it will all be over after a lot of suawking feathers and hatchet jobs With that in mind I thought it would be fun to do something different in this

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    Inevitably this classically American novel ends up on a gambling riverboat The Hudson the Mississippi the best metaphor for America is always the floating opera inhabited by earnest tricksters And by ironically honest folks who wish the world would operate the way it should so they wouldn't have to game itAmong scant others William Kennedy brings the Rustbelt back to our literary realities which seem always to be out West or down

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Roscoe By William Kennedy

Th FDR and Al Smith to elect a governor and the methodical assassination of gangster Jack Legs Diamond Thick with crime passion and backroom banter The New Yorker Roscoe is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve a deadly comic masterpiece from one of America's most important writer. This is writing and storytelling at its most powerful Gritty spare evocative it s everything a reader wants in a book Run don t walk

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The first novel from William Kennedy in than five years and universally acclaimed as his most powerful work since the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed Roscoe shows Kennedy at his very best It's V J Day the war is over and Roscoe Conway after twenty six years as the second in command of Alba. Can Albany s political machine run without its star mechanicWilliam Kennedy s latest novel about Albany takes us back to the good old days when political corruption was fun After a year without the Clintons in the White House Roscoe is a bittersweet reminder of the comedy we ve been missing in this new age of sueaky clean earnestnessThe seventh of Kennedy s novels about the capitol of New York opens as World War II closes Albany s dashing young mayor is returning from battle a decorated soldier ready to defend his city With the Nazis vanuished the new enemy is a Republican governor determined to clear out the city s network of political cronies gangsters prostitutes and bookies a direct attack on the Democratic PartyAt the controls of that machine are three crafty crooks who ve been friends since their shared boyhood on the city streets they have come to own Patsy McCall the party s leader Elisha Fitzgibbon the party s moneyman and the mayor s dad and finally Roscoe the party s brains a man who understands that real power is exercised by men who can t be seenLately though even that shadowy role seems burdensome to Roscoe I m 55 years old he notes and going no place With another world war won it s a new age that calls for new corruptionAfter decades of workaday graft the thought of gearing up for another contest sounds exhausting Besides rumors on the street say the Feds are moving in on him He s not really worried but he s literally and figuratively heartsick still aching from a bullet lodged in his chest since World War I and still pining for Elisha s voluptuous wifeBut no sooner does he reveal his plans to retire than Elisha beats him to the punch by committing suicide Apparently the heat was getting to him too though he leaves only the thinnest evidence to help Roscoe discover their enemy The chief of police who is conveniently Roscoe s brother can cover up embarrassing details but the party machinery throws a rod and Roscoe is the only ualified mechanic on hand to fix Albany s splendid City HallAt the same time Elisha s widow calls on him to defend her against a paternity suit brought by her licentious sister The scandals surrounding Elisha s death and now his 12 year old son conflate to produce a perfect storm than enough to blow away the mayor s reelection and 25 years of patriotic crimeIt s a crisis that appeals to Roscoe s rage for duty and his chivalric fantasy a chance to clear his dead friend s name embrace his now available widow and defend the party of good working men and women against the forces of cold hearted RepublicanismHis greatest challenges though are internal The heartache he s been feeling manifests itself in a life threatening ailment What s worse strife within the gang threatens to dismantle the party When Roscoe should be shuffling off to a uiet retirement graciously funded by years of protection money he finds himself instead investigating a murder sleuthing through Elisha s whorehouses and trying to settle a blood feud between big time cockfighters a sport that s probably never been described in such plucky detailRoscoe carries out these duties with a maestro s finesse In one of his best moments he punches out a critical journalist sets his own bail pays it with city funds and then schedules his own arraignment Democracy in actionFans still reeling from the emotional assault of Kennedy s Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed 1984 will find this new novel a different but no less brilliant book Roscoe barrels along with the wild vitality America hasn t seen since EL Doctorow s Ragtime It s a winking confident novel full of snappy irony but capable of dropping into dark horror or sweet sympathyKennedy has perfected a hybrid voice that s as likely to mock these gangsters as celebrate them As Roscoe s emergency repairs move forward the story dips back into the party s history adding so many characters to this outrageous collection that you ll want to maintain a genealogy on the back cover to keep everybody straightClearly they ve won the author over as they do us He can t help but address them directly slapping their shoulders and laughing at their exploits How gleefully they condemn their enemies buildings fine them out of business harass them into submission all the while looking out for the little guy At times Kennedy s delight with their hubris overwhelms him and the narrative rises into fits of surrealism that are pure delightRoscoe tries to succeed by making it a practice to be honest whenever it seems feasible His heart is not well but it s good and through these tall tales he emerges as a man of both principle and principal dedicated to a system of corruption in defense of the weak and his own pocket When asked by a judge How do you plead he responds Less guilty than yourself with all due respect Your Honor It s an artistic triumph and a moral scandal that Kennedy can make us root for this shameless hustlerOriginally published in The Christian Science Monitor

review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ William Kennedy

Ny's notorious political machine decides to uit politics forever But there's no way out and only his Machiavellian imagination can help him cope with the erupting disasters Every step leads back to the past to the early loss of his true love the takeover of city hall the machine's fight wi. Sadly Kennedy has finally penned an utter stinker as part of the Albany Cycle Read the other 6 or 7 and you ll have a brilliant history of the place This one is a bore with a boring character at the center of it

  • Paperback
  • 304
  • Roscoe By William Kennedy
  • William Kennedy
  • English
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780142001738

About the Author: William Kennedy

William Joseph Kennedy is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany New York Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish American Phelan family and make use of incidents of Albany's history and the supernatural Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck 1969 Legs 1975 Billy Phelan's Greatest Game 1978 Ironweed 1983 winner of 1984 Pulitze