I'll Take You There
Astonishingly intimate and unsparing, and pitiless in ...more
I recently read an interview with Joyce Carol Oates where she said this was the most autobiographical of all her books. If that's the case, apparently I violently dislike Joyce Carol Oates, or at least I would have when she was in college. The unnamed (or multi-named) protagonist le ...more
But what is the point of this and does it make an interesting novel? I think it does. Who else but Oates would foist all this philosophic ...more
I must say the parts were a little too clean cut to me. It really felt like three novellas rather than one novel. It was my first Joyce Carol Oates' book and I can already tell I will be a fan even if this one was just a 3 star effort really. I threw one more star in because girl bullying and interracial relationships are one of my favourite literary subjects. All in all it ...more
Knowing that Oates is writing about herself makes the reader's relationship to the novel more complex. Oates does not seem to like her protagonist much, and we are not invited to like or admire her, either. She drags the protagonist kicking and screaming out of her own head ...more
let me try again.
the novel tell the first person account of the 4 college years in the life of a nameless woman in the early 60's. in between her stories of joining a sorority, falling in love with a black man, and meeting her thought to be dead father, we find a complex woman....obsessive, neurotic, super intelligent and completel ...more
I'll Take You There is told by a woman looking back on her first years of college, at Syracuse in the 1970s. Her story, softened by the gauze of memory and the relief of having survived, nonetheless captures a harrowing ordeal of alienation and despair, heightened by a wrenching interracial love affair and her father's death.
Cursed by insatiable yearning and constant dissatisfaction, "Anellia" has always been haunted by her mother. With her father and brothers making her feel responsible for he...more
This is a story of a girl "called" Anellia. Apparently this is a name she made up for herself, which is fitting, because that's exactly what it sounds like. We never find out her real name.
The tale runs in three parts. The first two take place when she's in college in New York. One deals with he ...more
"Anellia", as she calls herself, is a fish out of water. She's left a working class family embroiled in ...more
I love how "Anellia" (the fact that she is essentially nameless through the novel is fantastic) comes to learn lessons the hard way through struggles and mistakes and total bleeding heart moments. Without the benefit of an active parent or guiding, trusted adult in her life, she had to make a ...more
Η Ανέλια είναι το τέταρτο παιδί μιας αγροτικής οικογένειας, το οποίο κατηγορούν για το θάνατο της μητέρας του που πέθανε 18 μήνες μετά την γέννηση της. Με τον πατέρα της να είναι ουσιατικά απών απ ...more
The book is in three parts and the first part was very good. It sets the scene where the protagonist starts college and is very much an outcast. In every possible way. I thought it was brilliantly written and it really pulled me in. I also felt empathy for the protagonist. Poor girl.
The second part wasn't brilliantly written. It was alot of flow-state writing where the protagonist meets a man and ...more
Anellia, or whatever her name is (we never do learn her real name), is going out into the world outside her small farm town in upstate New York—to college, where she expects to have grand adventures and grand loves and to be completely changed.
I loved the first part of the novel, which is Anellia's ...more
Anellia is poor and cannot afford to dress like the other sororit ...more
I first read Oates as a young undergraduate at Berkeley (late 60s/early 70s) where she (a 30-something) was presented as at the cutting edge of “young fiction.” ...more
Of course that meant I really *had* to keep reading! I'd alre ...more
As a philoso ...more
C'est un roman difficile à approcher du fait de son atmosphère très sombre. Le personnage principal, Anellia est pluriel, accrocheur, à la fois rebelle et sensible. C'est le portrait d'une adolescente devenant adulte en faisant l'expérience de la vie en communauté, d'un premier amour et finalement du décès de son père. J'ai senti l'évolution du caractère de la jeune femme (ce que je n'ava ...more
This book was good, but far too cerebral for me. This did tell a story that was interesting, but the main focus of the book was to uncover the reasons for everything that was happening. It only used the story as a platform for uncovering human thinking and reasoning.
It is the story of a lonely girl from a small New York town who has never felt accepted or loved by her father, brothers, or grandparents. Her mother ...more
Here is a book review:
A tightly worked gem of a book, I'll Take You There is a portrayal of a woman's inner reality and the development of identity, the ability to love, and the capacity to forgive. Beginning as a girl ...more