Sunday, April 10, 2011

On "Floater" by Brett Rosenblatt (2746 words) ****

Let's talk about a cruise, a cruise you don't want to be on, a cruise recommended to you by your analyst, a cruise as recovery from a marriage gone bad. That's what Rosenblatt's "Floater" is about. What makes it so fun, though, is the voice.

Years ago, on first reading Catcher in the Rye, it was the voice that astounded me there. The voice had attitude. Attitude makes for great writing. But it can also make for bad writing, if it's overdone. Finding the balance is harder to achieve than one might initially think. Rosenblatt does that here. And what makes the surly, don't-want-to-be-here voice so much more interesting is that it's happening on vacation. If there's any time to lay off the cynicism, an expensive trip on a ship is it. Not our narrator, though. He really isn't happy to be alive. And somehow we're glad to hear that. Read it here at the Barcelona Review.


Brett Garcia Rose said...

Thanks for the review! Sorry to have caught this so late, but it's great to see.

Short Story Reader said...

This is one of my favorites of yours. It was great to be able to feature it (even though it took me many months to actually get the posting up). Hope you're doing well.