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Lovely Dark Deep Stories From the legendary literary master winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness

  • Title: Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780062356956
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories By Joyce Carol Oates, From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates s magnificent abilFrom the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates s magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.In Mastiff, a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude Sex with Camel explores how a sixteen year old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother and how vulnerable those feelings make him Fearful that that her husband is disappearing from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in The Disappearing A Book of Martyrs reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman, who seems to know a good deal about his life than she should.A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals an artist at the height of her creative power.

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    1. There s something hypnotic in the way Joyce Carol Oates writes short stories She somehow manages to lure you in by creating characters and putting them into situstions that you just can t turn away from A woman with mixed feelings about a pending abortion and while having to face protestors on her way into the clinica young teenager driving his grandmother to the hospital for a diagnostic procedure a boy, killed in an auto accident, yet able to see his parents and friends erecting a roadside shr [...]

    2. Buena colecci n para iniciarse con Joyce Carol Oates Una mujer con un estilo directo, contundente, nada convencional con un significado en su narraci n, en su plateamiento, que va m s all de las situaciones que te expone Entiendo que escritoras como ella, o como Donna Tartt, no lleguen al interior de todos as los as lectores as O te cautiva su esencia, su fuerza, o no te llegan a convencer incluso te aburren sus historias porque piensas que no pasa nada interesante o relevante.Yo pertenezco al p [...]

    3. I have been wanting to read J C Oates for quite some time but I was undecided about which book to start with she is so, so prolific , so I took a suggestion by to start with this one, a collection of stories, her latest Just in this genre alone, JCO has written 26 books, which is impressive It would help that she is a professor at Princeton, where probably she teaches at the most one class per semester Time she does have to be prolific, then Lovely, Dark, Deep has been a rewarding reading experi [...]

    4. I generally don t like books of short stories, but this one sounded fascinating, so I thought I d give it a try I made it through 1 1 2 short stories, but they were just so weird I don t like the writer s writing style the boy and the grandmother got old I thought it was just like that for the first story, but then the second story did the same thing And there were a bunch of hidden secrets with the grandmother and the first hospital, and why they had outstayed their welcome, why they got nervou [...]

    5. I have to admit the writing was beautiful and hauntingbut I didn t get it the short look into the lives of strangers, no endings, weird endings, endings that appear to mean somethingbut don t like the story about the woman who left to las Vegas why for what there was no point so ambiguous.

    6. Such thought provoking and very interesting stories My favorite being one about a pretty young woman interviewing Robert Frost Great story telling I listened to this while driving and walking and the reader was outstanding Very enjoyable, I highly recommend this book.

    7. One of my favorite collections by JCO It has a much different tone It s not haunting or sinister, at least not relatively I also liked that these didn t have her usual calling cards locations, color hair etc there were a couple that had similarities but the end result was not the same You always have to look a little deeper The final story Patricide I thought would make a great novella.

    8. Why do I read JCO Because she sizes me up, gouges my heart out, fillets it, and chomps it down Because it is her heart, too This book damaged me Watch out.

    9. Excellent collection The female characters are again portrayed as passive, masochistic women but this portrayal is done in just a way that makes me sympathize with the women and not necessarily want to scream at them for seeing themselves through the eyes of their male co characters The message is there, but it is not presented in a piteous way the women are as much to blame for their situations as the men who surround them yet, the stories beg you to ask why do they see themselves this way the [...]

    10. The latest release from our most prolific writer is a collection of short stories I didn t find much lovely in Joyce Carol Oates Lovely, Dark, Deep, but there s certainly a lot of dark and deep phenomena Since this is a long collection of stories, a synopsis of each one is impossible Most of the tales concern upper middle class angst, and in particular the university setting is explored Though JCO grew up in a working class family in western New York, she moved into academia and has been at Prin [...]

    11. Gorgeous and grueling I ve been a fan of Oates short fiction since college, when I was fascinated by her portrayals of human ugliness, like horror without the trappings of the genre In her older years her short fiction seems to have mellowed a few of her stories of obsession and misunderstanding actually end on a somewhat hopeful note.

    12. Oates never fails me Not my favorite of her collections as some stories feel sketchy and undeveloped Still, I could very much relate to 13 stories focused mostly on women, many middle aged and older, learning to live life after their youth has slipped away As the title suggests, Oats captures the eerie darkness within us all.

    13. Lovely profound storiesI am not a short story reader but the characters were so rich, I drank up these stories like a nice glass of wine

    14. Una lectura muy extra a por decir lo menos A veces pesada, a veces gil pero siempre muy diferente En cuesti n de paginas pasabas del horror al drama y hasta un poco de comedia Mis relatos favoritos fueron A Book of Martyrs porque fue muy interesante leer una perspectiva abiertamente pro elecci n en un libro y Lovely, Dark, Deep por el final inesperado.

    15. Na gradua o, eu li um conto da Joyce Carol Oates chamado Where are you going, where have you been e lembro de ter gostado muito Depois, acho que nunca mais li nada dela Como esta cole o foi finalista do Pulitzer, resolvi ver se JCO ainda fazia sentido para mim, j que muitas coisas que eu costumava ler n o sobreviveram ao teste do tempo.As hist rias de Lovely, Dark, Deep tratam basicamente de relacionamentos humanos dos mais variados tipos rom ntico, pai e filha, neto e av , autor e f , filho e p [...]

    16. Don t expect to feel good at the end of any of these short stories and novella You won t They are tragic, emotional, and realistic examples of life and suffering That s what makes them so frightening because you can see yourself or a family member friend living through the subject matter of each story Even the one about Robert Frost is no exception, since you could substitute any licentious older and powerful male into the story in place of the Frost character and relate to it Wonderful writing [...]

    17. While having read most of Oates novels, this was my first encounter with her literary genius of the short story Amazingly sharp, biting at times, characters that jump to life quickly yet profoundly, at Oates pen Reading this is like savoring several mini flutes of extravagant yet extremely diverse wines Literature at the finest level.

    18. Very entertaining although at times a little repetitive Really liked the last story about a dutiful daughter who finally had enough of her charming, brilliant and totally egocentric father and how she lets him finally die before he wreaks any havocm

    19. Really really good.cially the longest novella Patricide Oates has an amazing imagination and her characters are often both outrageous and somehow very real.

    20. even though Charles finch trashes this book in the times review I loved it its one of her best short story collections since sourland

    21. M s bien 2.5.Antes de escribir esta rese a me puse a revisar los cuentos que le porque, sinceramente, no lo termin y la verdad es que Oates tiene unas excelentes ideas para lo que podr an ser excelentes cuentos Sin embargo, me parece que la mayor a de estos textos son demasiado largos para su bien, o incluso tienen un par de pasajes que llegan a estar hasta mal escritos.Me gusta la unidad tem tica de algunos cuentos la perspectiva feminista y los problemas de la mujer, comulgo con muchas de sus [...]

    22. This was my first time reading the work of Joyce Carol Oates There are definite thematic links between the stories in this collection Many center around academics, aging, and strained relationships with parents And each, as I recall, enlists a female protagonist My favorite of the bunch is the titled feature Lovely, Dark, Deep, which involves a young woman visiting Robert Frost at home and conducting an interview for her poetry magazine What begins with the poet teasing and bullying his submissi [...]

    23. La autora ha sido todo un descubrimiento para m Su narrativa corta es de una precisi n maestra, una lecci n de c mo escribir relatos que atrapen al lector y a su vez tengan la profundidad de la vida en muchas de sus vertientes Muy, muy recomendable.

    24. Getting into a prolific writer like Joyce Carol Oates, or JCO, is intimidating at first, sort of in the same way that getting into the body of work from the Talking Heads or David Bowie might intimidate you But then you read the first story, or listen to that first track And then another And another And then you re reading listening on your lunch breaks everywhere that you wander, it s in your head.You ll become irritated at a few numbers You ll think that maybe one is just a repetition of frequ [...]

    25. Amazing collection of 13 JCO short stories, each of which is indeed lovely, dark, and deep My favorite is the title story Not being a poetry fan, I was stunned to learn that Robert Frost was such a misogynist, and harbored such resentment and even cruelty toward women To confirm that JCO s characterization was not purely fictional, I did a little online research and found this characterization to be generally true The behavior of Frost s interviewer in the story took me by surprise The young wom [...]

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