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March 28th, 2005
05:30 pm


Son of the Morning (Joyce Carol Oates)
[Yes, another one. She is my favourite author, ever].

Title: Son of the Morning
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0814908004/ref=lpr_g_1/002-7974467-8248026?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

One of JCO's earlier novels, it is no less intriguing and creepy. Son of the Morning is about a man by the name of Nathan Vickery, who comes into the world by unfortunate circumstances. From an early age he is blessed by God: some go further and claim that he is the manifestation of Christ, reborn into human form. He has his demons, like all the rest of mankind, however, and must confront them one by one. The title refers to a Biblical passage dealing with Lucifer's fall from grace. Take from that what you will.

This book has all the things one has come to expect from Oates (if one is a fan): the otherworldly in the realistic, rich language, slight goriness.

Oates definitely has the evangelical patter down to a science. Fascinating fiction. One minor beef: today, the book is a little dated (it was originally published in the 1970s).

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March 27th, 2005
02:06 am


Wonderland (Joyce Carol Oates)
Title: Wonderland
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0865380759/ref=sib_rdr_rdp2/002-7974467-8248026?%5Fencoding=UTF8&no=283155&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER&st=books

Joyce Carol Oates is one of the literary geniuses of our time. She has an uncanny way of capturing people. Wonderland, although it is one of her earlier novels and in a slightly different style than she normally writes, is no exception. It is a gripping tale of Jesse Harte, a seemingly ordinary young boy living in upstate New York in the 1930s. At sixteen, tragedy strikes his family, and Jesse is swept into a maelstrom of life-changing events. The book follows him throughout his life, showing how his circumstances have changed him, particularly in the way he relates to other people.

Oates' books are usually more character-driven than plot-driven, which is why I enjoy her so much. She can build intracacies of character, the nuances that one recognizes in real-life people. All of the characters in the book are recognizable in some fashion. And even though the book occurs from the late 1930s until the 70s (and was, in fact, published in the early 1970s), it doesn't feel dated.

Also, as with her other books, she is gifted in her wordcraft. The repetitions of certain sounds and words gives it a feeling of poetry at times, but not in a contrived fashion. ExampleCollapse )

The only problem I have with Wonderland is its conclusion. It feels a little like Oates wanted to end the story quickly and chose a kind of clichéd ending. That aside, I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys subtle psychology and the grimness of reality.

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02:04 am


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Do you enjoy reading? Are you tired of run-of-the-mill book review communities that just post "I read so and so's book bleeblahblam and I liked it?" Are you looking for a community that encourages a real meat-and-potatoes type of review?

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, then this is the community for you.

What are we looking for here? Think of it as a small book review, done in the following format:

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