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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. Rubbishplain and simple

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Roscoe by William Kennedy

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. Within the last six months I ve read the three books in the Albany trilogy by William Kennedy and liked them less and less I guess I don t see the humor in a bunch of crooks who are cheating people beating up people running bookmaking and other rackets and hitting on every woman they see And I find it hard to believe that there were in the 1920s and1930s so many woman eager and willing to go to bed with men who weren t there husbands I found the same thing hard to believe in Billy Phelan though it came across as believable in Ironweed because it was muted and the women seemed to have reasonable libidosI didn t live in Albany during that time and yes I know it was a wide open town but still The things that the characters do are way beyond believable in total Not individually but in totalSo while the book is supposed to be a black comedy I think it hits me like Who is this guy kidding Is this like every weak chinned authors wet dream of how tough he could be Is it like Hemingway but set in Albany instead of Spain And with the sex explicitFor people who are interested in politics this book will probably be rather entertaining It takes a look at the underbelly of how things got done and in that sense I think has than a little accuracy Elections were and probably still are stolen and people were paid to vote or intimidated not to vote And there is a symbiotic relationship between cops whores and politicians and they probably do operate closer to each other than is commonly assumed I mean if a honest politician and police chief really wanted to stop prostitution in a city it could be done But as this book shows there are a lot of forces that support keeping prostitution alive and so cops have to look the other way to some extentThe plot of this book has too many pieces and too many characters to summarize easily The focal point is a non practicing lawyer and political fixer named Roscoe and he s at the pinnacle of his success as WWII is ending He s got power and wealth and his Democrats remain in control of Albany His best friend Patsy is the ruthless violent political boss of town and his other best friend Elisha is the untainted and extraordinarily wealthy former state lieutenant governor All should be well But Roscoe is tired of fighting tired of whoring tired of bribing and so on The book chronicles about a week in his life when people kill themselves and are murdered reveal hidden paternity get beat up or do the beating preen for the press return from the war to a hero s welcome settle old scores and rekindle old romances Roscoe stumbles through this week with what turns out to be a near fatal heart condition He s hospitalized twice in between drinks Hershey bars and sandwiches that would kill a horseAnd when the week is up he s saved the estate of the woman he has loved for 30 years seen the death of a friend and a brother watched the ascendance of a new political force in town and has affirmed his desire to set out on his own for a new future And it should be noted that the primary action is about a week but it takes a few months for things to ultimately settle down And lengthening the book s perspective a lot of it is told as Roscoe s memories of how he and his friends seized power and held it for the last 25 yearsI won t give away the twists But one twist that I really like comes at the end where Roscoe is scolded by someone he has helped and who he respects and it s the one time that Roscoe gets a glimpse of how others see him Throughout the book he s been this knight in shining armor who has averted one crisis after another the ultimate fixer who never loses in the courtroom whorehouse bar newspaper office or anywhere else And yet other people might not actually see him that way Maybe he s just a guy who hangs out with low lifes and losers and his time is up And maybe Roscoe is smart enough to realize that and rich enough to be able to leave that life behind

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


10 thoughts on “Roscoe by William Kennedy

  1. says:

    Can Albany's political machine run without its star mechanic?William Kennedy's latest novel about Albany takes us

  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 less and less I guess I don't see the humor in a bunch of crooks who are cheating people beating up people running bookmaking and other rackets and hitting on every woman they see And I find it hard to believe that there were in the 1920s and1930s so many woman eager and willing to go to bed with men w

  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

  6. says:

    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

  9. says:

    I don’t know about you but from my point of view it seems like these days are dominated politics We’re being force fe

  10. says:

    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

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