Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych

Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych By Joanna Ruocco Ben Marcus, Another Governess The Least Blacksmith A Diptych Stark and vibrant the two halves of this sutured book expose the Frankenstein like scars of the assemblage we call human In Another Governess a woman in a decaying manor tries to piece together her o
  • Title: Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych
  • Author: Joanna Ruocco Ben Marcus
  • ISBN: 9781573661652
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych By Joanna Ruocco Ben Marcus, Stark and vibrant, the two halves of this sutured book expose the Frankenstein like scars of the assemblage we call human In Another Governess a woman in a decaying manor tries to piece together her own story In The Least Blacksmith a man cannot help but fail his older brother as they struggle to run their father s forge Each of the stories stands alone, sharingStark and vibrant, the two halves of this sutured book expose the Frankenstein like scars of the assemblage we call human In Another Governess a woman in a decaying manor tries to piece together her own story In The Least Blacksmith a man cannot help but fail his older brother as they struggle to run their father s forge Each of the stories stands alone, sharing neither characters nor settings But together, they ask the same question What are the wages of being The relentless darkness of these tales is punctured by hope the violent hope of the speaking subject.
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    1. Joanna Ruocco Ben Marcus

      Joanna Ruocco is a prize winning American author and co editor of the fiction journal Birkensnake In 2013, she received the Pushcart Prize for her story If the Man Took and is also winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize Ruocco received her MFA at Brown, and a Ph.D in creative writing from the University of Denver Her most recent novel is Dan, published by Dorothy, A Publishing Project She also serves as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Wake Forest University.Ruocco has also published romance novels under the pseudonyms Toni Jones and Alessandra Shahbaz from

    187 thoughts on “Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych”

    1. At times there were shades of John the Posthumous, Lispector, The Notebook Agota s one, of course but this was still very much a unique voice and a unique work Deeply unsettling and disturbing, precise and crystalline prose short simple sentences which build and build.


    2. I only want to read this book I can t stop reading this book over and over and talking about it to anyone who will listen.


    3. Ruocco creates an oppressive atmosphere in two disturbing novellas Both are told from the first person perspective, each narrator using an extraordinarily limited vocabulary to describe their harsh environments In Another Governess , the governess, now a rotting corpse, attempts to reconstruct the events that lead up to her death as well as understand her own decaying existence Although challenging to follow, the narrative loops around three main events The first is the governess s haunting of t [...]


    4. I liked this somewhat less than I wanted to like it The first story, a strange and claustrophobic nanny s tale takes elements of _Turn of the Screw_ the isolation the distance between kids and anyone who is a little older and Jane Eyre s kind of unworldly naviete and brews up something strange It maybe took too long to get going for me, and in the end might not have been clear eyed enough about what it was showing us The Least Blacksmith worked better for me the titular narrator seemed aware of [...]


    5. I don t think I ve ever read anything like this before In the introduction, Ruocco s writing style is like the style in which the Dick and Jane books were written Of course the tales are much, much darker But the text is so clean it hurts And the short sentences, and the sense of repetition builds on itself like blocks The two stories are haunting not only because she has tapped into a Gothic landscape, but because of the emotion lacking from the prose It becomes the reader s task to provide the [...]


    6. This is a mood piece, designed to be ephemeral and parting It is meant to be dense in how laid bare it is, and challenging I m still making up my mind about it Definitely put me in mind of Threats and The Flame Alphabet in the way that language is used in a twisting way, a purposefully obtuse way to make you work for it, to describe a feeling or a sensation rather than a plot Things happen here, but events are not as important as the looming sense of dread and unease, of a world askew, of a plac [...]


    7. It is Ruocco s hypnotizing use of the English language that you will feel from the first page Trapped, the prose is controlled, repetitious, menacing In the repetition of words, a haunting confusion begins to happen Darkness spreads She creeps under, within Eyes blur A plate of meat I am caught in a child s world warped by brutality and beauty There is a blacksmith There is blood and how the foreigners are moving into the city We are at the forge Vomit Maggots I don t remember Ruocco being this [...]


    8. Put fat on the opening Rub the fat with your hand Rub the fat hard with your hand, with the palm of your hand Slip inside Slip the boot hook inside Pull from inside the opening That is how things are born, even in a grand house.


    9. I m reading both halves concurrently, and so far the first half gave me nightmares interesting ones and the second half makes me really miss mumblety peg which up to now I believed to be a Camp Treetops invention.


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