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The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
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Feb 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from February 01 to 05, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Oates is an excellent writer. It was a pleasure to read this because she has a way of putting together words beautifully. It was a quick read, but still addressed issues worth thinking about: gender, class, education, and the way people who differ vastly can get along and grow to love each other (or not). It was a very well-done novel written from two very different but very interesting points of view.

The drawback is that it was so unpleasant. I mean, I like a tragic fall/soul-crushingly sad life story as much as the next guy, but... I don't know. Throw in a dick joke now and then. That's Shakespeare's famous one-two punch of tragedy.

Also, it reminded me at times of David Mamet's play, Oleanna. This is neither a good nor bad thing, just a thing. There was a similar focus on gender roles and the shifting power associated with them, as well as an obnoxiously pompous academic as a main character.

As an obnoxiously pompous academic, I say, Huzzah! Four stars.
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