Saturday, February 02, 2013

Big Ray by Michael Kimball

Flat, unaffected, declarative sentences and paragraphs, no chapters, structure partitioned by an asterisk centered alone a line. First person narration, son recalling his father's death and troubled relationships, starting from hearing about the father's death, working back in the past to his father's earliest days, and moving forward a bit to narrator and sister arranging for memorial service.

The narrative was interesting at most -- Big Ray, the father, grows into a 500-pound, abusive, damaged and damaging father.  His marriage crumbles, secrets of his physical, emotioned sexual abuse of his children and wife slowly leak out.

I was curiously unmoved.  Found the unaffected delivery wearying and deadening over time.

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