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Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates
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Jul 15, 10

Read from July 02 to 15, 2010

It is extremely hard to tell you why I loved this book. It's not for everyone and I'm sure some people will love it and others hate it or feel bogged down by parts of it. It's the story of Jesse Vogel, who begins life in a rural upstate NY town, where he is running for his life from his father, who has murdered his whole family. Jesse escapes and we watch his journey enfold. The metamorphosis from a caterpillar to butterfly is only one layer. This is a story of survival and reinvention. It is the story of a man who is perceived as more than an ordinary man. Yet, there is no fantasy in this story. Oate's stream of consciousness style in this particular book (she is always different) helps us peel away layers of Jesse and the other main characters. It is part of the Quartet: Garden of Earthly Delights, Them, Expensive People being the others and each is worth reading together or on their own. Oates is prolific and every book has something to offer. However, Wonderland is a masterpiece.
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message 2: by Beatriz (new)

Beatriz Gonzalez Sunny, you are a poet...your review of this book has inspired my desire to read it, also you have picked on my brain as to the depth of authors and masterpieces.
Have a great read and a super summer!
Beatriz


Sunny Shore Oh Beatriz...thank you!


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