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Mangosta

Pittsburgh, PA United States

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  • Pulp and Paper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josh Rolnick
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    "I glanced out the window as my train pulled into the station and saw the girl who killed my son." So begins Josh Rolnick's powerful debut collection of eight stories, which utilizes a richly focused narrative style accenting the unavoidable tragedies of life while revealing the grace and dignity with which people learn to deal with them. The stories - four set in New Jersey and four in New York - span the wide geographic tapestry of the area and demonstrate the interconnectedness of both the neighboring states and the residents who inhabit them.

    Mangosta says: "Bitter and Sweet"
    "Bitter and Sweet"
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    Would you listen to Pulp and Paper again? Why?

    Definitely. There are beautiful stories here, which is what kept me engrossed the first time through. But there were also so many great descriptions and turns of phrase and witty lines of dialogue that I didn't get to fully appreciate on the first round because I was focusing on the plot. I'd listen again so that I could have another chance to absorb those things. And these are also the kinds of stories that even though you've already heard them and know how they're going to end, you want to hear them again so you can hear your favorite parts repeated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Avery in Pulp and Paper. His shifts between depression, hope, and heroism as the story progresses make him compelling; Rolnick makes it clear that Avery is no high-minded savior, that he'd rather just leave crazy Mrs. Denny to the flames, and yet he doesn't. He shows both manipulation and tenderness as he tries to get her to leave the fire, and that tenderness ends up being his death sentence.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Tweedy from Inkeeping. Fass does a great job of voicing Tweedy in a way that reflects the narrator's opinion of him--sometimes he seems warm, sometimes pompous, just as the boy imagines him. And I like that slightly gravely quality to the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A great collection of stories. It's tied together by a nuanced understanding of how bittersweet love (or in a broader sense desire) can be, and of course by the New York/New Jersey setting. But at the same time the stories cover a broad range of characters and situations, and as I listened I never knew what the next story would bring. The writing is never glib or jaded--the emotion here is honest and bare-faced, without ever crossing over into the maudlin, something that's hard to find in fiction these days.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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