MAN WHO INVENTED NEW JERSEY: COLLECTED STORIES
Author Ted Gargiulo's
collection THE MAN WHO INVENTED NEW JERSEY contains
stories that range from strange to vaguely realistic,
from satirical to sad. And just when it seems that
cynicism pervades this volume entire, something sincere
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Gargiulo brilliantly directs each scene of this novella and has proven he is a master of this genre. The story swims with loads of psychological drama. As you enter the protagonist's mind a flood of intricate themes duel with one another to create a story riddled with reflection. Darkness, humor, and hope combine forces and take the reader on an exhilarating ride. This is not a book to miss; a surprise awaits every reader of this literary treasure.
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October 22, 2004
barbarian at the gates of civility"
Margot Petit Nichols
The Carmel Pine Cone
MEa novella in 10 chapters by Ted Gargiulo,
Jr.is a story of an intellectual being driven to
desperation in the apartment below where the stereo thumps
maddeningly day and night. It is a story of a barbarian at the
gates of civility.
The stereos blaring bass is accompanied frequently by screeching brakes and canned laughter of the neighbors television set. In desperation, Tim and Nan, the protagonist and his wife, take to running their dishwasher more frequently than necessary to drown out the stereo. Nan takes Valium and starts ironing, folding laundry and working on craft projects in their rear bedroom where the noise is somewhat muffled. Tim continues to go to work, always returning to the unabated noise. Nan listens to soap opera 12 hours a day as another ploy. On weekends Tim tries in vain to work on his unfinished novelan allegory of power, evil and self actualization whose protagonist manifests himself in a strange wayergo the title. Meanwhile, Nan goes shoppingjust to get away from the noise, and the once happy couple spend less and less time together.
Their nerves become frayed, their perfect marriage begins to break apart. Their lives become ever more Kafkaesque as the insensitive, boorish neighbor ignores their desperate attempts to communicate with him.
The denouement is startling.
Ted Gargiulo, Jr. of Seaside is a fine writer, using an economy of well chosen words to bring the reader along with the suspense and anticipation of each new chapter. His writing style is urbane and literate as befits his protagonist.
Published December 10, 2004
takes on plight of noisy neighbors
By SILAS SPAETH
For The Salinas Californian
In Me: A Novella in Ten Chapters" by Ted Gargiulo, Jr.
Local connection: A Seaside resident, Gargiulo is a former stage actor.
Characters: The narrator of story is would-be writer Tim Bosch. Along with his wife, Nan, and adolescent daughter, Tim has to endure the musical mayhem created by Malcolm Missoula, Jr., his downstairs neighbor at the Primrose Gardens residential apartments.
Plot: Pretty much a faceless villain, Missoula's contribution to this tale is the pounding bass that permeates Tim's apartment and makes life hell for the Bosch family. As Tim explains, the new tenant wasn't in his flat 15 minutes before he began blasting his music.
the manager, college student, complex manager, and the management
company do no good. Although he fancies himself "a new voice
on the American literary scene," the reader soon comes to
realize that Tim's literary output mainly consists of a series of
well-fashioned complaint letters. A passive individual by nature,
rather than direct confrontation, he uses an epistolary approach
to rectify the problem.
With the noise continuing unabated, the Bosch family's life is soon in shambles, and, eventually, drastic measures are called for.
Character quote: "All my adult life I wished that I could pop off short stories as easily as I popped off letters of complaint. The drawer marked 'HOME' was teaming with entries, tributes to my steadfast faith in 'The Rational Solution to Man's Problems of Coexistence,' to which I now added a carbon copy of this, my latest contribution. The other drawer, marked 'FICTION,' was practically empty. How often I was tempted to switch labels. Maybe one day when I had achieved the status of a Salinger or Hemingway, this distinguished body of early literature from the 'HOME' drawer would be in great demand. Might even win a cult following. Behold, 'The Collected Complaints of Tim Bosch: A Fat Testimony of a Thin Life.' "
Audience: Anyone who has had to endure noisy neighbors will relate to the plight of the characters in this novel. Be prepared for a surprise ending and one that is certainly understandable given the situation.
Published Saturday, December 11, 2004
The Monterey County Herald
Anyone who has ever experienced apartment living knows how an inconsiderate, noisy neighbor can make life intolerable. Seaside resident Ted Gargiulo Jr. delves into how disruptive and life-altering this situation can be if the tenants from hell move into the apartment below you. Dubbed a novella in ten chapters, He In Me chronicles what occurs when this loathsome situation gets totally out of hand.
Posted on Sun, Sep. 26, 2004
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