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Night-Side: 18 Tales

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published October 28th 1977 by Vanguard Pr (first published 1977)
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Nozomi
Mar 15, 2008 Nozomi added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Binoculars
Recommended to Nozomi by: Used Book Shelf
I like when the character is introduced, you read as a simple description, and later you go, " Ah, she was referring to the characteristics of 'X'-type of person'" It's like you read a description of the recipe without knowing what the meal was, and after you cooked it you realize in fact what you were cooking was a simple pound-cake.
Grumpus McGrouchy
Mar 24, 2014 Grumpus McGrouchy rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I liked it. Any book that can end a story so abruptly that I throw the book across the room before I can even catch myself, deserves a repeat performance. I think the story was ...oh fuck I don't remember. The one with the woman in the doorway. And the teacher, I think. Shit, who knows. I never even read it.
Lu
Dec 05, 2014 Lu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questa raccolta di quattro racconti di Joyce Carol Oates è stata la mia prima lettura dell'autrice. E subito parto con un grande punto interrogativo.
Mi è piaciuto?
E' proprio questa la domanda a cui non riesco ancora a dare risposta, nemmeno dopo aver riletto alcuni passaggi ed averci riflettuto sopra un pò.
Innanzitutto mi è parso di aver letto quattro racconti di quattro autori diversi. Nel primo, Le Vedove, si percepiscono l'ansia e lo smarrimento della protagonista ed in un certo modo anche l
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Pamela Scott
May 14, 2014 Pamela Scott rated it liked it
Night-Side is a very early collection of JCO published in 1977. All of the stories were previously published in various magazines.

I thought Night-Side was okay but not on a par with her later such as Heat and Other Stories (1991). I particularly enjoyed the title story, Night-Side, The Widows, Lover, Bloodstains and The Thaw.

Unlike her later collections (Heat and Other Stories), no story really stands out. I probably won’t remember any story I read a week from now. There are stories in collectio
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Jamie Rosen
It pains me to give this 3 stars. Individually, most of the stories are solid 4s. But taken as a whole, the collection starts to display some faults that the individual pieces don't: a certain sameness of the subject matter, and a tendency for the stories to finish weakly, sometimes seeming to simply stop rather than come to an end.

I remain a great fan of JCO's short stories, and would recommend most of the ones located herein; I'm just a little disappointed in the book as a whole.
Megan
Jun 25, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok
Read this over time. Mostly bored by the stories--it seems like very little happens in most of them. I'd read the first story some time ago and it was terrifying, but aside from that most of the stories were barely a story.
Debra
Mar 31, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read
Stephen King recommended book. Noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981.
Martin Gumucio
May 26, 2013 Martin Gumucio rated it really liked it
Great stuff!
Ann M
May 13, 2008 Ann M rated it liked it
Another ancient paperback, worth reading.
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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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