2014 – January 4 – Ralph Rudinsky here…

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It’s Saturday, January 4, but never fear, Ralph Rudinsky here… by Gloria Garfunkel.


Ralph Rudinsky here Chief of Quality Assurance for a large diversified corporation Orwellian Industries a big important job that’s hard to keep up with so it’s already January 4 and I still haven’t made my New Year’s Resolution because I have so much to do…

Thus begins the strangest, most energetic story thus far. Where yesterday’s story put us deeply into a character, today’s drills right down through that character until we come out his feet. This is an impressive stream-of-consciousness flash that never lets up, and never gets monotonous (as is sometimes the danger with this approach). You’ve got to feel sympathy for this guy as the story careens past overwork into overdrive, free association, and ultimately potential unreliability. There’s a fine balance at work here, and it succeeds wonderfully at making me wonder where this character (and this author) will go from here. This is one narrative that could be a spectacular success or a glorious train wreck. Either way, punch my ticket for the ride.

What’s your take on this change of pace for the book?

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5 Responses to 2014 – January 4 – Ralph Rudinsky here…

  1. susan tepper says:

    I agree with all you have written here, Stephen. No matter how Ralph plays out, issue by issue, I am already pulled into the mind and skin of Ralph R, a character who is so unreliable I find myself completely in his thrall.

  2. Guilie says:

    I loved it! Yes, it’s definitely careening, left me breathless and wanting more.

  3. Mandy says:

    Ah Ralph, this is going to be some sort of rollercoaster ride and I’m so looking forward to it.

  4. Michael says:

    Phenomenal. I just keep thinking of the Paul Simon lyric, “believing I had supernatural powers, I slammed into a brick wall.”

  5. Oh I like that lyric you quoted, Michael. And yes, this one has yet an even different feel and pace from the earlier Jan stories. GG has started something here… I think the stream-of-consciousness really works here, yes!

    I’ll look forward to more.

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