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The Triumph of the Spider Monkey

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Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 12th 1979 by Fawcett
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Possibly a lot of goodreaders with similar interests to mine may find the relative populism of Oates' best-known material sort of off-putting. Which is understandable, as she's written some very popular books that, though well-composed, often don't really distinguish her from masses of other decently composed melodramatists and social reformers.

But then she also writes books like this, the beautifully fractured and stylistically heightened monologues of a murderer, leaping erraticly (gracefully
In a conversation published in The Lost Saranac Interviews, JCO said: 'The most disgusting thing I ever wrote was called The Triumph of the Spider Monkey, which was so disgusting I could barely read the galleys, and whenever anybody mentions it to me, I kind of look away and pretend I don't know what they're talking about. It's the first person confession of the maniac Bobbie Gotteson to Joyce Carol Oates.'

So, of course, I had to read it.

Um, is it wrong that I kind of...liked this? I think Oates
Robert Beveridge
Joyce Carol Oates, The Triumph of the Spider Monkey (Fawcett Crest, 1976)
[originally posted 13Mar2001]

Joyce Carol Oates' tenth novel keeps her in the same subsection of society of which she is fond of writing, but strips away the usual veneer of middle-American bourgeois life she uses to make her less savory subjects shocking. The book is told from the perspective of serial murderer Bobbie Gotteson, the spider monkey of the title. Gotteson is short, overly hairy, and extremely agile; while he is
Back from when Oates was a creative force, fucking with ways to tell a story comes Triumph of the Spidermonkey, a weirdo little book about a murderer who was found in a locker and spends his life as a creative genius/homicidal maniac, who is simultaneously unbearably ugly and irresistibly sexy. I don't know that this is a good book, but it's one I appreciate and one that I laughed a lot at while reading. Fun and weird, and in a way that you don't really see that much anymore.
A weird book. I'm still wondering whether it's simply brilliant or if Joyce Carol Oates was on something when writing this one.
Moins bon que d'autres romans du même auteur, mais néanmoins dans la veine habituelle et jubilatoire.
peculiar book sort of about manson
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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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