Big Ray
Michael Kimball
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Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PMBy Michael Kimball

Big Ray s temper and obesity define him When Big Ray dies, his son feels mostly relief, dismissing his other emotions Yet years later, the adult son must reckon with the outsized presence of his father s memory This stunning novel, narrated in than five hundred brief entries, moves between past and present, between his father s death and his life, between an abusivBig Ray s temper and obesity define him When Big Ray dies, his son feels mostly relief, dismissing his other emotions Yet years later, the adult son must reckon with the outsized presence of his father s memory This stunning novel, narrated in than five hundred brief entries, moves between past and present, between his father s death and his life, between an abusive childhood and an adult understanding Shot through with humor and insight that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a complicated parental relationship, Big Ray is a staggering family story at once brutal and tender, sickening and beautiful.
  • Title: Big Ray
  • Author: Michael Kimball
  • ISBN: 9781608198542
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover

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Greg Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
This is a novel about someone coming to terms with his father dying I read it about a year ago, and never reviewed it I liked it at the time, but couldn t bring myself to write a review for it I d recommend it What follows I m putting in a spoiler Reading about other peoples experiences with death and stuff is uncomfortable, what feels so important and unique is usually just some prattled cliches I have a hard time telling people about what I ve been going through lately, but I have quite a few [...]
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Michael Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
A middle aged man is coming to terms with his father s death and in fact his life Big Ray is not a nice man his size and his temper define him So when he dies, Daniel is mostly relived but it is still the death of his father For most of my life I have been afraid of my father After he died, I was afraid to be a person without a father, but I also felt relieved he was dead Everything about my father seem complicated like that Big Ray is Daniel s attempts to recount his father s life, each paragra [...]
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Lori Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
from authorRead 8 21 125 Stars Highly Recommended The Next Best BookPgs 182Publisher Bloomsbury USARelease Date Sept 2012In a completely unplanned Year of Grief in literature, I fall head over heels for Michael Kimball s Big Ray.If Michael s books were record albums, I imagine they d sound like Hayden with a dash of Midlake and a big ole heap of Great Lake Swimmers that lo fi, slow indie rock sound sweetly depressing, all enveloping, emotionally charged music that somehow makes you feel good as [...]
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Peter Derk Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Wow Of course, wow I m awake and my father is dead It s snowing and my father is dead I m hungry and my father is dead Whatever Michael Kimball chooses to explore, he does it right He s an incredible writer and has a way of taking a story, boiling it down, and simplifying it without sacrificing any of the flavor.His books have always stayed with me in a way that s difficult to describe I tend to be short on memory for book plots and quotes, but I m long on memory for how a book made me feel By t [...]
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Jane Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
When a copy of Big Ray by Michael Kimball landed, quite unexpectedly, in my porch I didn t think that it would be my kind of book at all The title didn t speak to me The cover, though striking, didn t draw me in And the concept a son s meditation on the life and death of his father didn t appeal at all.But I thought that I owed the book a chance, that I should at least take a look inside before letting it go When I did, opening the pages and reading one of the five hundred entries that make up t [...]
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Leigh Newman Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
The death of a parent is always complex, but it s even so when a parent has been tough to forgive while living In this tender, gorgeous novel, Michael Kimball explores how we try to understand even the most difficult family members The book begins when 38 year old Daniel goes home to clean out his deceased father s apartment Big Ray has passed at home in his chair from an as yet undetermined illness related to his obesity Through illuminating flashbacks, we learn about Big Ray s history and mar [...]
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Allie Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
It was written in these small sections that got a bit gimmicky after a while I realize that its supposed to be small thoughts in a stream of consciousness sort of thing here, but it started to read like a elementary schoolers first foray into paragraphs there was good emotion and a few shocking bits that kept me engaged and capable of reading it in a day, but it definitely isn t sticking with me like I thought I would This is what I get for reading a Readers Digest suggestion I wouldn t be as an [...]
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Ellie Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Daniel didn t know his father was dead until a few days after it happened His death brings mixed feelings both relief and sadness Weighing in at over 500 pounds, Big Ray was not an easy man to know His temper defined Daniel s childhood and distanced them as adults As Daniel comes to terms with his loss, he recalls memories and anecdotes of his father, from birth to death.Big Ray is made up of 500 entries, one for each pound both Daniel s and Michael Kimball s fathers weighed Whilst the structure [...]
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Scott Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Interesting book about a man coming to terms with his father s death and finding that he feels quite happy about the whole thing The chapters are full of separated sentences and paragraphs as opposed to full text, giving the book a a unique feel Instead of being told a straight story, I felt like I was travelling through the author s thoughts Tricky to pull off, but Kimball does it very well.His father, Big Ray, was a 500 pound man at the time of his death and apparently a poor father There are [...]
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Roxane Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
I wasn t able to really connect with this novel I wanted story, depth of character from the narrator, less repetition of themes I really didn t get it.
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Melanie Page Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
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Sam Still Reading Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Big Ray may be a fairly short book at just 182 pages, but its contents certainly do punch well above its weight Weight being one of the main topics covered in this reflective, semi autobiographical book in 500 entries, matching the weight of Daniel s father, Big Ray, when he passed away.Each entry tells the reader a snippet of life with Big Ray As the entries accumulate, my feelings became confused Should I feel sorry for this large man with numerous medical problems whose activities were restri [...]
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J.A. Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Michael Kimball s father is dead, and so is Daniel Todd Carrier s Big Ray, Kimball s fourth novel, uses hundreds of brief entries to artfully and empathetically explore the loss of a father in particular, one who wasn t very good one who was, in fact, appalling Begun as a memoir, Kimball turned it towards fiction because he wanted control over how it was told, a fiction writer s prerogative, and the result is a story clearly set in the truth of a writer who lived this relationship in all of its [...]
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Tracy Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Big Ray hit me in the chest with emotion Michael Kimball grapples with the confused emotions that come with tumultuous relationship with a parent He takes all the horrible thoughts you may have had and pushes them to the next level, while trying to come to terms with what that parent has done.Here is where I really cried Sometimes, I try to figure out how different I might have been if my father had been nicer to me Would I try as hard as I do Would I be happier than I am Would I have a differen [...]
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Patricia Murphy Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Was strange shelving this under fiction since it is the story of his father, but he does say in a podcast interview with Brad Listi that this started as memoir and he realized he needed to add some fictional elements to it So, I know I related to this book for several reasons First, I m a poet so the sparse language and small blocks of text and use of anaphora appealed to me I thought of Barthes Mourning Diary, or Susan Steinberg s Spectacle But also, I am writing a memoir about the death of bot [...]
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Jackie Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
I m one of the people who survived This is what Daniel, the narrator of this book, says about his father s obituary, but after years of abuse under that man s rule, his survival is multidimensional His story is told in bits and pieces sometimes in just one sentence, sometimes a couple of paragraphs These short bites of story telling are packed with emotion and deeply poignant Kimball infuses so much into his character, it s hard to believe that what he is writing is fiction he does mention, in a [...]
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Diane S ☔ Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
A son re examines his life when his father dies That his father was abusive, obese, over 500 lbs and divorced fro his mother led to many conflicted feelings Another novel told in short paragraphs, excerpts of father and son, their family, their lives together and apart I seem to have a hard time with this type of structure I take in quite a bit of information, I m told what the characters are feeling, but I don t seem to have any feelings for the characters Just not the kind of book for me, but [...]
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Jeff Jackson Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Hard to imagine any other novels that will be touted by Blake Butler in Vice and picked for Oprah s online book club But as Adam Robinson says Michael Kimball does emotional immediacy better than any writer alive And Big Ray happens to be his best novel to date I recently interviewed Kimball about why he wrote the book in short fragments, his technique of composing from the unconscious, and his strategies for representing personal trauma and autobiography.
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William Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
The book was very well done but I did not enjoy it I give stars for how I enjoy it not how well written It was short or I would not have bothered to finish.If it was at all autobiographical I feel sorry for the author If not, then I hope he has an understanding family because Big Ray was about the worse slob and father imaginable I found the book horrifying not funny or subtle in any way I hope there are few people that bad, and any that are there don t have children ugh
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John Pappas Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Delving down through memory and history, the appropriately named Dan Carrier attempts to discover and quantify the man who was his father, the recently deceased Big Ray of the title, in all of his burdensome oppressiveness, rage and abusiveness A quiet musing book that suddenly explodes, throwing into sharp relief everything that came before Simply written, but emotionally complex.
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Connie Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
This is a very quick read, it only took me a couple of hours to finish The book is written in an interesting format, just snippets of thoughts and memories of the narrarator about his newly deceased father A bit sad, but to my mind believe able.
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Michael Seidlinger Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Jesus this book is amazing.Everything I do now, I do after having read this book.
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Marthe Bozart Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
This wasn t a badly written book, or a bad plot, but it seems to me the plot was neverending, there was no conclusion or message Not that that is necessary but it feels like I missed something between the lines This story felt like it was emotionally cleansing to write, but as a reader, I don t feel very different after reading it But maybe that was the point
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Louise Poole Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
This book was amazing Easy to read in one sitting, seemingly simple thoughts but a powerful disturbing ending.
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Dynah Thirst Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Interesting format, concise while stillconveying complex emotions.
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Bree T Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
Daniel s father was known as Big Ray a large man for most of his life, his temper was even larger He was a forceful man, a man with presence and his presence coloured every aspect of Daniel s life As a child, he adored Big Ray looked up to him and idolised him As his childhood faded into adolescence and adulthood, Daniel came to have very different feelings for Big Ray.When Daniel is entering his late thirties his sister informs him that Big Ray is dead, was probably dead for days before anyone [...]
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Full Stop Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
full stop 2012 10 31 rReview by Nathan GoldmanTo what degree are we the products of our progenitors lives inseparably bound, fates and flaws tragically determined This is among the questions at the heart of Big Ray, Michael Kimball s subtly arresting fourth novel In than five hundred stark, aphoristic entries, unstuck in time, a middle aged writer named Daniel tells the story of his father s life, beginning with his death This is not just Ray s story, though, nor is it Daniel s It is the story [...]
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Praveen Palakkazhi Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
For most of my life I have been afraid of my father After he died, I was afraid to be a person without a father, but I also felt relieved he was dead Everything about my father seemed complicated like that For those who were lucky or sadly unlucky in some cases enough to grow up with them, parents always leave an indelible mark on the psyche What we become may or may not be influenced in varying degrees by our parents, but it cannot be denied that the mark lingers There is always an inherent des [...]
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Audrey Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
I was astounded by the level of truth and emotion that are in every page of Big Ray Told in small recollections following the death of his father, a man gives the story of their relationship and the kind of man his father was There s as much heavy meaning in what s not said as in what is, but it all feels very naturalistic, as if you re speaking to a friend who is feigning to casually tell you about his father s death, but is truly working through the complex emotions of anger, relief, grief, an [...]
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Diane Dec 08, 2019 - 19:08 PM
I have to admit, it was the title and cover with the oversized sunken chair that first attracted me to this book I hadn t read any reviews prior to beginning this short novel fewer than 200 pages , and had no idea what to expect.The story is told through a series of short entries, by Daniel Todd Carrier, the 38 year old son of Big Ray, now deceased Big Ray and Daniel s mother were divorced years earlier, and Big Ray, who toppled the scale at 550 lbs, died alone in his small apartment His body wa [...]
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Big Ray By Michael Kimball Big Ray s temper and obesity define him When Big Ray dies, his son feels mostly relief, dismissing his other emotions Yet years later, the adult son must reckon with the outsized presence of his father s memory This stunning novel, narrated in than five hundred brief entries, moves between past and present, between his father s death and his life, between an abusivBig Ray s temper and obesity define him When Big Ray dies, his son feels mostly relief, dismissing his other emotions Yet years later, the adult son must reckon with the outsized presence of his father s memory This stunning novel, narrated in than five hundred brief entries, moves between past and present, between his father s death and his life, between an abusive childhood and an adult understanding Shot through with humor and insight that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a complicated parental relationship, Big Ray is a staggering family story at once brutal and tender, sickening and beautiful.

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