Search Results: "Joyce Carol Oates"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1978

"Mostly it's toneless, jerry-built, and obvious poetry without much flavor one way or another."
The depressed, droning naturalism that will sometimes give her prose fiction a stubborn power does almost nothing for Oates' poetry. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1974

"As criticism, this is windy sermonizing at the expense of the integrity of art, artist, and the creative process."
Oates' view of art as mystic experience produces a rigid, constrictive framework for analysis that discriminates against individualism, personality, and the romantic tradition. Read full book review >

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CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Knotted, tense, digressive and brilliant."
Dark events in Carthage, a town in upstate New York—a war hero returning from Iraq, a broken engagement, a mysterious murder—but not everything is as it seems. Read full book review >

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LOVELY, DARK, DEEP by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"As unsympathetic as many of Oates' mordant and quasi-anonymous characters may appear at first, en masse their fears and anxieties in the face of death and decline epitomize universal recognition of hard facts: We're all in this together, and nobody gets out alive."
What lurks in the woods is creepy and scary, but Oates ventures in deep and reports back in this collection of stories dealing with themes of mortality. Read full book review >

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MY HEART LAID BARE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That the result is also irresistibly comic is so much frosting on a sumptuous cake and one of the most inviting products of Oates's incomparably rich imagination."
Oates's 28th novel, another installment in the "Gothic Quintet" that includes such energetic faux romances as Bellefleur (1980) and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984), is one of her most inventive and entertaining yet. Read full book review >

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BLACK WATER by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1992

"One may question whether yet another fictional account, no matter how brief and evocative, of this infamous accident is really worthwhile—though dates fans (and there are many) won't be disappointed."
Oates's latest is an impassioned re-creation of the tragedy at Chappaquiddick—with names withheld and the date moved to the current, post-Reagan era. Read full book review >

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SOURLAND by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Oates being Oates. Let the reader beware."
More of (mostly) the same in Oates's latest collection of 16 in-your-face short stories. Read full book review >

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UPON THE SWEEPING FLOOD AND OTHER STORIES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1966

"An on-going talent— idling."
A second (By the North Gate- 1963) collection of short stories by the talented young "Southern" writer is, in a way, a disappointment, attenuating and accentuating as it does one of the main failings of the genre which at this point has become The Method. Read full book review >

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I AM NO ONE YOU KNOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2004

"Vintage Oates—and very much an acquired taste."
More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business. Read full book review >

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SON OF THE MORNING by Joyce Carol Oates
Released: July 28, 1978

"Nathanael the quasi-schizophrenic whose voice we hear praying off and on through this book—a work which heats up every now and then with Oates' infectious relish for dark thoughts and deeds, but which leans on her most unlovely trademarks—sloppily wrought-up language, fuzzily pretentious thematics—at unflattering length."
Religious hysteria provides the focus for one of Oates' least powerful, most monotonic and glutinous explorations of the fevered mind. Read full book review >

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MISSING MOM by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"After last year's triumph The Falls, Oates gives us this? Get this woman an editor."
Oates's latest, which examines the aftershocks of a suburban murder, is an uneasy cross between her literary fiction and her pseudonymous "Rosamond Smith" mystery thrillers. Read full book review >

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BROKE HEART BLUES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 1999

"That ambiguity is dramatized in a mesmerizing portrayal of small-town America in extremis that speaks volumes about the way our imaginations create our own reality."
The story of a handsome teenaged killer whose romantic notoriety reverberates for decades in the minds and hearts of his classmates and neighbors is the highly charged core of Oates's generously detailed twenty-ninth novel. Read full book review >