The Tattooed Girl
I have previously only read "Zombie" and fell in love with her anarchistic style of writing.... makes Chuck Palahniuk look the fraud he is. There is some of that here, intermingled with almost young-adult reader-friendliness. This is a dark tale, very much on the same scale as Stephen King's "Apt Pupil".
There is The Jew Seigl, a strong character that reeks of academia, and then ...more
But its themes are Serious Business (violence, prejudice, histo ...more
This is my first Joyce Carol Oates book and I am quite pleased with the writing, but not too devoted to this particular plot or, for that matter, the characters. For the writing I'll say this: Oates sprinkles in metaphors and similes and makes allusions to Biblical and Greek works with the steady, knowing hand of a seasoned chef preparing their own specially created dish. I wasn't ever overwhelmed by metaphors and I didn't feel the need to look up passages from Virgil. She's very matter of fact...more
So I told myself years ago that the next Oates I would read would be the collection that contained the story that got me into Oates's writing originally. I had a copy of Heat on my she ...more
The author character has written a novel based on his relative's ...more