Official Review: His Name is Ralph by Elise Tanory

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Official Review: His Name is Ralph by Elise Tanory

Post by NadineTimes10 » 13 Sep 2017, 14:21

[Following is an official review of "His Name is Ralph" by Elise Tanory.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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At the age of twenty-two, Elise isn’t too worried when she receives word that her father, Ralph Humphries, has been in a car accident. Elise figures he must have only had a “fender bender.” However, she soon learns that her father’s accident was actually the result of a debilitating stroke. Elise is determined to see that her father gets the proper treatment for recovery, but she’s in for a long, grueling fight with the nation’s health care system. Her experience is chronicled in her memoir, His Name is Ralph.

In this rather simple but passionate narrative, author Elise Tanory explains the medical, financial, and sometimes legal struggle she tackles on behalf of her father. Emotion and spirit resonates in her writing style. Even the memoir’s chapters have ironic or poignant titles that effectively convey the author’s tone, such as “Welcome to Paralysis” and “Open Your Eyes, Daddy; It’s Me.”

Yet, even in light of the health care battle the author faces with her father, he isn’t merely portrayed as a “patient who had a stroke.” His daughter takes time to paint a full picture of him as a man, with strengths, weaknesses, personality, and a reputation. The author also describes her familial upbringing and the adversity she deals with in the years preceding her father’s health crisis. Not only does this memoir serve as a personal account, but it gives commentary on a system affecting millions of Americans, and it also contains advice for the loved ones of stroke victims.

In addition to her father’s ordeal, the author relates her experiences at her various jobs, on her volunteering missions, and in her social life. I could see the correlation between her studies in pharmacology, her work with disabled children, and the trials she goes through with her father. However, I didn’t see how some of her other information has direct relevance to the memoir’s message, such as the accounts about a few of her past romantic relationships. The author does make a point of mentioning the memoir’s different threads in the end. Still, a couple of those threads could have been explained a bit more to show specifically how they tie together.

In her story, the author is intentional about switching back and forth between later and more recent events. However, there are some places where the timeline of events becomes somewhat unclear. There’s also some incorrect tense usage, dialogue between speakers that should have been split into separate paragraphs, and a number of minor punctuation errors throughout the book.

Nevertheless, despite its flaws, this is a raw, heartfelt, human story of devastation, determination, and love—a story that can open many eyes. Therefore, I give His Name is Ralph a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I’d recommend it to readers who can handle memoirs with mature content, particularly those with an interest or concerns regarding the health care system in the United States.

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Sep 2017, 07:15

Sounds like an inspiring story. Dealing with the healthcare system can oftentimes be a nightmare! Thanks for a lovely review.
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Post by The Researcher » 14 Sep 2017, 09:27

Seems an intense book. Thanks for the nice review.
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Post by NadineTimes10 » 14 Sep 2017, 12:18

The Researcher wrote:Seems an intense book. Thanks for the nice review.
You're welcome! Yes, it is a pretty intense read, but it's not that long, so that made it easier on my upbeat system. :)

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Post by geoffrey ngoima » 14 Sep 2017, 12:22

Waw, what a struggle, just reading would be an emotional struggle, I have to read it,...
Great review!
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Post by Ubyamos » 14 Sep 2017, 18:01

This sounds like a book that can open people's eyes about the healthcare system in America.
Thanks for the nice review.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 15 Sep 2017, 03:08

Taking care of a paralyzed father... It's unfortunate when the healthcare system let's you down.
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Post by Sabina G » 16 Sep 2017, 00:37

Thanks for your review.
I find it so interesting that the book seems to be very gripping because of the memoirs of the author and it gives interesting information about the healthcare system in the United States. I am not from the USA neither do I live there but I think it's a very interesting topic.
I think I would definitely agree with you about stories that did not add much to the main theme of the book, such as past romantic relationships, they do nothing but distract me.

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Post by NadineTimes10 » 16 Sep 2017, 01:10

walkingfreckle wrote:Thanks for your review.
I am not from the USA neither do I live there but I think it's a very interesting topic.
You're welcome, and thanks for checking out the review! It makes me doubly glad that I remembered to specify the country, instead of just saying, "The nation's health care system." :) I may never be an expert, but I am starting to learn a little more how different countries deal with health care.

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Post by Quinto » 16 Sep 2017, 04:10

Thanks for a great review. The book is an excellent description of a daughter's love for the dad. The agony she goes through is heartfelt.

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Post by bsena » 17 Sep 2017, 02:23

I have always been fancinated by American doctors and their medics.
This is quite the book for to read.

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Post by DeboraSilva » 20 Sep 2017, 11:43

It looks like an eye opener. it's great to see books that deal with topics that need more attention. There are certain countries where the health system could use some serious changes. It seems the author did a good job in portraying characters that feel real, human. Thank you for the great review.

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Post by bookowlie » 20 Sep 2017, 18:25

Despites the issues you mentioned, the book sounds very interesting. The problems with the U.S. health care system is certainly a timely topic.
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Post by Sarah Immanuel » 15 Oct 2017, 12:26

Excellent review. This is a sad story and eye opener for every body. I give it 4 out of 4.

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Post by Ubheeram Nina » 02 Nov 2017, 20:43

Wow a great story indeed unlike its title. But the story is really ? touching. I would definitely want to know how the health care system work in America since am not a resident there. Great review.

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