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Rape: A Love Story

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  2,548 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Teena Maguire should not have tried to shortcut her way home that Fourth of July. Not after midnight, not through Rocky Point Park. Not the way she was dressed in a tank top, denim cutoffs, and high-heeled sandals. Not with her twelve-year-old daughter Bethie. Not with packs of local guys running loose on hormones, rage, and alcohol. A victim of gang rape, left for dead in ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published 2005 by Atlantic Books (first published 2003)
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Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview)
4 ‘I say CASTRATE the Rapists’ Stars

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This is the story of a mother and daughter who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and encounter the wrong/most vile persons. The story of what that woman becomes after being Raped, people just talk about her or recall her of think of her about ‘after the incident’, the before no longer exists.

“Suspects,” they were called. As if they hadn’t done what they’d done to you and your mother but were only “suspected” of doing it!

What was most disturbing was
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Sarah
It's shocking and almost unforgiving that I have been on this earth for 30 years and have never read Joyce Carol Oates. Reading her entire cannon will soon become my latest addiction in 2009. So how do I review this novel? (note : I am writing this review after already having read 'Zombie' a few days ago). First of all, Joyce C Oates, where have you been all my life? And to my literary friends : Why did nobody tell me about the lyricism, harshness, brilliant POV changes, and upsetting yet beauti ...more
Sarah
Joyce Carol Oates seems to channel all of the things I was ever scared of between the ages of 12-14, humanize them, and make them strangely pitiful and believable and still terrible. The fact that this book is set in a very nostalgic landscape for me makes this book all the more terrifying and poignant, even if it is a kind of mundane and melodramatic kind of terror.

I often feel that JCO writes for a very narrow and specific demographic that I'm part of, but don't know the perimeters of?

She ex
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Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Joyce Carol Oates, είναι μία από τις πιο διακεκριμένες Αμερικανίδες συγγραφείς, έχοντας αποσπάσει πληθώρα βραβείων στην διάρκεια της συγγραφικής της καριέρας. Ένα από τα βιβλία της, είναι και "Ο Βιασμός", ο οποίος επανακυκλοφόρησε σε νέα, συλλεκτική, οικονομική έκδοση, από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο. Και πραγματικά, πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που ο καθένας από εμάς θα έπρεπε να διαβάσει και να το έχει στη βιβλιοθήκη του, για να του θυμίζει την ασχήμια του κόσμου μας, αλλά και την αθλιότητα ενός κοιν ...more
John
Powerful story told in something of a rush. Joyce Carol Oates shares John Updike's tendency to churn out books at a prolific pace (at least one novel a year, typically, plus a barrage of cultural criticism), often at the expense of the book itself.

Provocative title, no? This is a love story, though -- the love between a mother and a daughter, both of whom suffer a vicious attack from a dog-like pack of 4th of July revelers; vicious young men methed-out, drunk, and on the prowl. Also the love of
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Michele
A chilling, haunting reminder of the evil that humans are capable of, the author describes the brutality of the rape and terror beyond what we are capable of imagining on our own. The second attack from the community slandering the victims is almost more disgusting, being from a small town full of small minds I could visualize it full-force. “She asked for it” I understand that no rape story has a “happy ending” but Joyce Carol Oates delivers us the best possible conclusion.

Earlier this year i r
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Amanda Says
Am I allowed to say I love this while I honestly hate it?

I hate everything it shows. I hate more or less every single event in it. I hate how degenerated some characters become. I hate how much this book is needed.

I absolutely hate that this behavior is found in our reality.

Something else?

I love this book.

Most of all, I like the humanizing of the events. Oates pulls the story of a gang-rape and its aftermath off, however this is possible when this is such an unspeakable crime. For over a day I'
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Lulu
What first drew me to this book was of course, the title. And it wasn't until the end of the story that I realized what the 'love story' in the title was referring to. But the story was so completely harrowing right from the first sentence that I didn't really have time to wonder about the title while reading it. The novel is an all too real depiction of a brutal gang rape and its aftermath. Reading it was tough; Oates' sparse prose really wrenches your heart at times, making you cringe and cry ...more
My Inner Shelf
Derrière ce titre aussi racoleur que provocateur se cache une histoire terrible, certes, mais aussi une histoire de justice et de vengeance. Tina et sa fille Bethel échappent de peu à la mort, mais pas à la suspicion, car si les blessures de Tina ne laissent aucun doute sur ce qui leur est arrivé, certains se demandent toutefois si Tina, la mère indigne, ne l’a pas cherché. Le point de départ du récit est on ne peut plus cruel et insupportable. L’injustice est à son comble. La victime devient co ...more
Rochelle
*TRIGGER WARNING*
I didnt expect to read this story. I had never heard of it or the author. I was having a long, sweaty day and popped into the library to kill some time before catching the bus home. In fact, I almost walked right past it. But a word jumped out at me from a black and white cover:rape. My feminist bells are ringing. Is that a cover of black and white hearts? Is that a story titled Rape:a love story? So it only takes me a second to double take and backtrack. I pick up this small bo
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Balente1978
Il mio incontro con Joyce Carol Oates non è stato dei più leggeri.
Nella sua brevità questo romanzo sa essere una sassata dritta alla glabella.
Senza possibilità di schivarla.

Come inizia la storia?
Nel modo in cui tutte le storie hanno inizio: quella frazione di secondo che sconvolge una vita intera

Dopo aver preso la decisione, Dio solo sa cosa le fosse frullato per la mente, di tornare a casa attraversando il Rocky Point Park, anziché fare il tragitto più lungo passando esternamente al parco, dire
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Henrik
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Holly
This was difficult to rate.

First, I don't think the book ever justified its intentionally controversial title. Second, although parts felt very genuine and terribly realistic, other parts felt like trite stereotypes. Third, inevitably, a novella does not have the space to fully develop each character, but I was still disappointed by the surface treatment of the characters I really wanted to learn more about: the mother, daughter, and grandmother. Fourth, I was really disappointed in the choice
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Aurali
One of the most emotionally shocking books I have read recently. Not a fan of the longer Joyce Carol Oates books because of the excessive description. This book was one of the best I have read recently and shows what can be accomplished when all of the excessive bs is removed. Oates portrays what is really meant by "rape". It is an ugly brutal crime that often victimizes the victim further by forcing them to prove their case. If anyone ever doubted the brutality of a gang rape they should read t ...more
Everett Darling
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Christina
Heart breaking. There's no dawdling in this novel, it's very straight forward and to the point - and what a terribly saddening point it is. It is an excellent and thought provoking read, a little hard to push through at times because you're just so disgusted, but will hold your attention completely until the final page is turned.
Estibaliz79
Una lectura breve pero intensa, puro Oates, aunque no de mis favoritas. La dejo en un tres y medio (alto... a este paso empezaré con los cuartos de estrella), porque aunque es cierto que, como de costumbre, la autora está magistral en la construcción de atmósferas de tensión creciente, el desenlace me ha parecido un tanto abrupto.

A fin de cuentas, se trata de una novela corta y, por lo mismo, le falta cierto desarrollo para mi gusto personal; pero, desde luego, no se puede decir que le falte int
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Christie
Joyce Carol Oates wastes no time cutting to the chase in her novella, Rape: A Love Story.

After she was gang – raped, kicked and beaten and left to die on the floor of the filthy boathouse at Rocky Point Park. After she was dragged into the boathouse by the five drunken guys – unless there were six, or seven – and her twelve-year-old daughter with her screaming Let us go! Don’t hurt us! Please don’t hurt us!

Teena Maguire and her 12 – year – old daughter, Bethie, leave a July 4th party after midni
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Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe
This book was not worth the time it took to read. Which was a lot longer than it should have. I could have finished this book in two hours, but it took me three days. The characters were uninteresting, sterotypes mostly.

Maybe I was expecting something different? No, I know that I was. I was told that this was similar to I Spit on Your Grave or Last House on the Left. It was, sort of, but the way it was written was not compelling. Nor was it disturbing. Ok, there were disturbing parts, but the d
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Judy
Terribly Disappointing. I admit, I was suckered in by the title. It's such a contradiction in words. I was very interested to see how Oates was going to justify it. It's the second time she has drawn me in based on the title and the second time I wished I hadn't bothered.
A woman is brutally gang raped in a park with her daughter as a witness. It becomes a high profile crime with the whole town divided as to who is on the victim's side and who isn't. Yes, there is a love story aspect to it but it
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Mariano Hortal
Violación, una historia de amor" de Joyce Carol Oates. Estamos ante otra de esas historias que demuestran quién es la mejor novelista norteamericana en estos momentos. Nos brinda con una de esas historias que te dejan sin aliento, que te desbordan y que esta escrita con una intensidad y una tensión narrativa sin igual. LA violación en grupo de una madre en presencia de su hija desencadenará una espiral de acontecimientos de todo tipo, tanto entre la violada y su familia como entre los violadores ...more
Claudia
La sera del 4 luglio, Niagara Falls. Una madre e una figlia attraversano un parco per tornare a casa dopo una serata di festa. Mentre camminano, passo dopo passo, non sanno che da lì a pochi secondi la loro vita cambierà. Per sempre. La vita della madre andrà in frantumi mentre la figlia sarà costretta a crescere all'improvviso.
La sera del 4 luglio, Niagara Falls. Sono nel parco, sono parecchi, sono ubriachi fradici e strafatti di metanfetamine. Sono ragazzi giovani, con precedenti penali e quan
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Cynthia Edge
First of all, let me just put out there that I really hate the title of this book. But, then again, when a friend recently mentioned Joyce Carol Oates and I was recalling how much I liked her, I perused her list of novels and this one drew my eye because of the shocking topic.

This novel is horrific, as it is the story of a woman who is gang raped by several local men while crossing through a park one night with her 12-year-old daughter. It conveys the very real and rage inducing aftermath that
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Trixie Fontaine
Feel like I should rate this four stars, but I can't say that I *really* liked it. I was 10 stars thankful, though, for reading it because I've been trying (half-assedly) since college to keep up on movies and books and news items that involve vigilantism, particularly how much more acceptable it is for a man to dole out the punishment "on behalf" of a woman or women or girl(s).

So why didn't I love this book? I don't know. I didn't love The Lovely Bones, either. I actually liked this book a lot
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Cynthia
Something you must know before you pick this one up--the first chapter is titled, "She Had It Coming." The first chapter contains pithy, jerky, abrupt sentences and sentence fragments, echoing the brutality of this novella, which takes place in the aftermath of a gang rape.

The rape, which happens to Teena Maguire, is witnessed by her daughter, Bethel. (page 37) "You were twelve at the time. Your thirteenth birthday would arrive abruptly, too soon in August, and depart mostly unheralded. For chil
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Vicki Wood
It's hard to believe that this book is the first I've read by Joyce Carol Oates. This novel does not waste words. Each short chapter comes from a different character's perspective. It is a heart - rending read but at the same time a beautifully written novel.
Ashish
3.5 stars a good book. some parts you like some parts just doesn't settle well. enjoyed the different way the author wrote the book, somewhere it is child-like and somewhere it is mature.
Bo Abeille
What a difficult yet ultimately rewarding read. The story took turns I never expected & executed plot points that usually end up delivered in such a silly fashion in a poignant & heart-aching way. This is a hard book to get through simply because of the horrifying details of the assault the young girl & her mother suffer, but it is somehow worth it in the end. You realize that sometimes love is born out of knowing a person who understands life's injustices & finding comfort in th ...more
Nikki Frankel
This is in my top favorite 5 books of all time. I am not sure what that says about me. I think it's for a very narrow audience, but an audience that I identify with. JCO shows you how an awful experience really transpires. I appreciate not having things sugar coated. Reading this book was a viceral intense experience and I treasure it. I had the opportunity to meet JCO when she was the keynote speaker at the Boston Book Festival in October 2010. This was the book I asked her to sign. I will cher ...more
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more
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