Saturday, March 9, 2013

Mini ARC ReView of THE ACCURSED by Joyce Carol Oates

Historical Fiction -  688 pages
Ecco Publishing (first published in 2013)

 I am hosting a GIVEAWAY of an ARC copy of THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND, it will end in less than twelve hours, so get your chance to win. AND there is also a GIVEAWAY of this book on GoodReads that will end on March 19th, 2013. A novel premised largely on psychological insight on the backdrop of 1900s Princeton University.  This is the time when Upton Sinclair apparently enjoyed the success of his novel 'The Jungle,' which by the way I've wanted to read, for a while. The turning point of the novel involves, and I quote, "a bookish community - elite, intellectual, and indisputably priveledge," experiencing a "savage lynching..."

  
I have always wanted to read Joyce Carol Oates.  When I saw she had a new book out, I knew this was the time to get started on this author.  So I did. But I have to say... it was extremely long.  I had to skim through most of it.  That's not to say it's not a well-written book.

She put a lot of research into it.  It is reportedly thirty years in the making... wow, that's a lot right?  I mean A LOT!  Joyce Carol Oates is definitely an acquired taste.  

The one thing I enjoyed the most about this novel was the psychological complexity of the characters combined with the intellectual knowledge, aka the pool of research, behind this novel.  If you find yourself on vacation, or with a lot of spare time to read it I definitely recommend it.  I don't recommend you read this book, though, while you're reading other books at the same time - like I most often do.  It requires your undivided attention if you're going to get the most out of it.






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