The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel explores themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty that are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published in 1962.
A Fool´s Errand By One of the Fools:The Famous Romance of American History (LARGE PRINT EDITION) Albion W. Tourgee
Richard Russo´s new novel takes place in the decaying American town of North Bath over the course of a very busy weekend, ten years after the events of Nobody´s Fool. Donald ´Sully´ Sullivan is trying to ignore his cardiologist´s estimate that he has only a year or two left. Ruth, his long-time lover, is increasingly distracted by her former son-in-law, fresh out of prison and intent on making trouble. Police chief Doug Raymer is tormented by the improbable death of his wife, while local wiseguy Carl Roebuck might finally be running out of luck. Filled with humour, heart and hard-luck characters you can´t help but love, Everybody´s Fool is a crowning achievement from one of the great storytellers of our time.
Knave, Fool, and Genius:The Confidence Man as He Appears in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction Susan Kuhlmann