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Rape: A Love Story

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  3,820 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
Teena Maguire should not have tried to shortcut her way home that Fourth of July. Not after midnight, not through Rocky Point Park. Not the way she was dressed in a tank top, denim cutoffs, and high-heeled sandals. Not with her twelve-year-old daughter Bethie. Not with packs of local guys running loose on hormones, rage, and alcohol. A victim of gang rape, left for dead in ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published 2005 by Atlantic Books (first published 2003)
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Kathleen I thought the love story referred to the fact that love -- between Dromoor and Teena, Dromoor and Bethie, Teena and Bethie, Bethie and the…moreI thought the love story referred to the fact that love -- between Dromoor and Teena, Dromoor and Bethie, Teena and Bethie, Bethie and the grandmother, or Teena and her mother -- could face down the hatred of the crime and its aftermath.(less)
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Sumit Singla
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ugly book, filled with nothing but filth and darkness. It takes your view of humanity, throws it to the ground and administers a few sound kicks to it, till it is bleeding and crying out.

Hate is a strong word, but I hated the story, the characters and practically the entire book. I hate the fact that I live in a world where this isn't fiction, but the true story of thousands of 'Teena's and 'Bethie's each day.

I hate the fact that people find it ok to label rape as 'unfortunate' or 'sa
Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview)
4 ‘I say CASTRATE the Rapists’ Stars


This is the story of a mother and daughter who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and encounter the wrong/most vile persons. The story of what that woman becomes after being Raped, people just talk about her or recall her of think of her about ‘after the incident’, the before no longer exists.

“Suspects,” they were called. As if they hadn’t done what they’d done to you and your mother but were only “suspected” of doing it!

What was most disturbing was
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksread2009
It's shocking and almost unforgiving that I have been on this earth for 30 years and have never read Joyce Carol Oates. Reading her entire cannon will soon become my latest addiction in 2009. So how do I review this novel? (note : I am writing this review after already having read 'Zombie' a few days ago). First of all, Joyce C Oates, where have you been all my life? And to my literary friends : Why did nobody tell me about the lyricism, harshness, brilliant POV changes, and upsetting yet beauti ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story! Although set in the 1990s, some of the language used seemed to be of either a different era or different place. It was set in the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area, so I would not think of some of the terms used in today's America. That being said, I found it to be well written in a style I cannot quite recall ever reading.
It was a very quick read and I would definitely recommend.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο τίτλος του πρωτοτύπου είναι ‘Rape: a love story’. Οι εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, στην κατά τα λοιπά καλαίσθητη έκδοσή τους, θεώρησαν σκόπιμο να συντμήσουν τον πλήρη τίτλο του βιβλίου και να κρατήσουν ό,τι τους ταίριαζε καλύτερα. ‘Ο βιασμός’, λοιπόν. Έτσι, σκέτο. Αυτά, όσον αφορά το περιτύλιγμα, πάμε και στο περιεχόμενο.

Σκληρό βιβλίο, διηγείται -χωρίς μελοδραματισμούς- την υπόθεση του ομαδικού βιασμού της Μαρτίν (Τίνα) Μαγκουάιρ στο λεμβοστάσιο ενός πάρκου στην πόλη Νιαγάρα Φολς, περασμένα μεσάνυχτα τ
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a love/hate relationship with JCO. She is a brilliant writer and I admire her. Sometimes I am blown away by the intensity and chilling insight of her books and sometimes I find them unnecessarily cruel, mean and overly dramatic.

Now, don't get me wrong, she can write in any genre with skill. It's amazing. As a matter of fact, in one short story collection she wrote a brilliant and complete short story in one page. She is an eccentric individual and her choices reflect that.

The title of th
Oct 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Am I allowed to say I love this while I honestly hate it?

I hate everything it shows. I hate more or less every single event in it. I hate how degenerated some characters become. I hate how much this book is needed.

I absolutely hate that this behavior is found in our reality.

Something else?

I love this book.

Most of all, I like the humanizing of the events. Oates pulls the story of a gang-rape and its aftermath off, however this is possible when this is such an unspeakable crime. For over a day I'
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joyce Carol Oates seems to channel all of the things I was ever scared of between the ages of 12-14, humanize them, and make them strangely pitiful and believable and still terrible. The fact that this book is set in a very nostalgic landscape for me makes this book all the more terrifying and poignant, even if it is a kind of mundane and melodramatic kind of terror.

I often feel that JCO writes for a very narrow and specific demographic that I'm part of, but don't know the perimeters of?

She ex
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Joyce Carol Oates, είναι μία από τις πιο διακεκριμένες Αμερικανίδες συγγραφείς, έχοντας αποσπάσει πληθώρα βραβείων στην διάρκεια της συγγραφικής της καριέρας. Ένα από τα βιβλία της, είναι και "Ο Βιασμός", ο οποίος επανακυκλοφόρησε σε νέα, συλλεκτική, οικονομική έκδοση, από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο. Και πραγματικά, πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που ο καθένας από εμάς θα έπρεπε να διαβάσει και να το έχει στη βιβλιοθήκη του, για να του θυμίζει την ασχήμια του κόσμου μας, αλλά και την αθλιότητα ενός κοιν ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism
I didnt expect to read this story. I had never heard of it or the author. I was having a long, sweaty day and popped into the library to kill some time before catching the bus home. In fact, I almost walked right past it. But a word jumped out at me from a black and white cover:rape. My feminist bells are ringing. Is that a cover of black and white hearts? Is that a story titled Rape:a love story? So it only takes me a second to double take and backtrack. I pick up this small bo
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chilling, haunting reminder of the evil that humans are capable of, the author describes the brutality of the rape and terror beyond what we are capable of imagining on our own. The second attack from the community slandering the victims is almost more disgusting, being from a small town full of small minds I could visualize it full-force. “She asked for it” I understand that no rape story has a “happy ending” but Joyce Carol Oates delivers us the best possible conclusion.

Earlier this year i r
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Esta lectura me ha dejado con los pelos de punta. La he sentido tan real e injusta... Que una madre (no es spoiler, pasa en el primer capítulo) vaya de la mano de su hija de 12 años tan tranquila por la calle y de repente una banda de niñatos drogados la violen casi hasta la muerte... Lo peor es que en la vida real existen casos así, y la justícia es inexistente. Esta es una historia corta pero conmovedora, totalmente recomendada.

"Your eyes are open but blind."
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are unclear on how bad rape is
Shelves: 2017
Joyce Carol Oates is not in the habit of pulling her punches. She might be the only writer in the history of the world both willing and able to name a book "Rape." She's a powerful author, and I'm a big fan.

This wasn't my favorite of her books. What's it all about? Fury, right? I mean, and rape. It's definitely about rape. Nothing else happens. It's short. The personalities and histories of the people in it are briefly sketched out. Mostly, there's a rape and then there's the aftermath of the ra
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a very hard topic that the writer is talking about in this book.
There are no hard scenes. It is the daughter's view that we read in this book
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Jak pewnie wielu innych czytelników sięgając po tę książkę spodziewałam się szybkiej lektury. Bo niby jak można na niecałych dwustu stronach zarysować historię, która wdziera się gdzieś w człowieka do środka i zostaje w nim na dłuższy czas?

Oates mnie zaskoczyła. Więcej - rozłożyła mnie na łopatki. Już pierwsze dwie strony są mocne. Bo scena gwałtu nie jest przedstawiona z perspektywy gwałconej, o nie. Przeżywamy ją w towarzystwie dwunastoletniej dziewczynki, która sama ledwo uchodzi przed zbrodn
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come si percepisce fin dal titolo, la vicenda raccontata dalla Oates è davvero terribile e atroce. Stupro è un romanzo breve, una storia raccontata come se fosse un articolo di giornale. Un fatto di cronaca in cui la scrittrice dà il meglio di sé. La precisione, lo stile è tagliente, preciso e come una vera e propria arma si scaglia contro la società.
Stupro è anche e soprattutto una denuncia sociale nei confronti di una società che accusa le vittime, elogia i colpevoli, va contro un sistema giu
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What first drew me to this book was of course, the title. And it wasn't until the end of the story that I realized what the 'love story' in the title was referring to. But the story was so completely harrowing right from the first sentence that I didn't really have time to wonder about the title while reading it. The novel is an all too real depiction of a brutal gang rape and its aftermath. Reading it was tough; Oates' sparse prose really wrenches your heart at times, making you cringe and cry ...more
May 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was difficult to rate.

First, I don't think the book ever justified its intentionally controversial title. Second, although parts felt very genuine and terribly realistic, other parts felt like trite stereotypes. Third, inevitably, a novella does not have the space to fully develop each character, but I was still disappointed by the surface treatment of the characters I really wanted to learn more about: the mother, daughter, and grandmother. Fourth, I was really disappointed in the choice
Peycho Kanev
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the falls she leaned over the railing. The wind blew cold spray into her face, clothes. Within seconds her clothes were soaked and clung to her thin body. Tourists perceived her as a drunk or drugged or deranged woman and kept their distance from her. On her head she wore a silk scarf that loosened in the wind, slipped from her head, and was blown out above the thunderous water; without the scarf, her hair was revealed as sparse, tufted, without color. Now she was perceived as possibly a sick ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
A book with a provocative title and a disturbing subject. The book cares. The book pulls triggers. The book resembles, on a superficial level, some aspect of our real world. The book confronts the monstrous reality of human cruelty, callousness, and especially the perversity of our social reaction to an atrocious crime. It, unfortunately, doesn't succeed very well.

By some ironic twist, In Cold Blood is a better novel than this, even though In Cold Blood is not a novel, and this is.

This book take
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa

Violenza e giustizia

Un romanzo abbastanza breve, questo della Oates, che parla di una giovane e donna, seducente, sensuale e carina che viene orrendamente violentata da otto ragazzi, ubriachi e drogati. Chi assiste, terrorizzata ed impotente è la figlia di dodici anni, che stava tornando a casa con la madre e che riesce a salvarsi dallo stupro, ma non dal trauma che la accompagnerà poi per tutta la vita.

La scena dello stupro è proprio terribile. Dettagliata, vivida, spietata, senza senso, brutal
Maria Chiper
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un subiect dureros, o carte care ne prezinta realitatea fara cenzura: ce este un viol? cum este privita victima unui viol? ce parere au barbatii despre viol? si cel mai trist aspect - cum poate fi distrusa fizic si moral o femeie.
Cea mai puternica idee desprinsa din carte sunt cuvintele avocatei - ... pentru ca atunci cand o femeie e atacata cu cruzime, asa cum au atacat-o pe mama ta, toate femeile sunt atacate. O idee cu care trebuiesc crescute fetele, o idee cu care ar trebui sa respire fiecar
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most emotionally shocking books I have read recently. Not a fan of the longer Joyce Carol Oates books because of the excessive description. This book was one of the best I have read recently and shows what can be accomplished when all of the excessive bs is removed. Oates portrays what is really meant by "rape". It is an ugly brutal crime that often victimizes the victim further by forcing them to prove their case. If anyone ever doubted the brutality of a gang rape they should read t ...more
Good story overall, but I wish the characters had been fleshed out more. (No pun intended -- seriously.)
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mio incontro con Joyce Carol Oates non è stato dei più leggeri.
Nella sua brevità questo romanzo sa essere una sassata dritta alla glabella.
Senza possibilità di schivarla.

Come inizia la storia?
Nel modo in cui tutte le storie hanno inizio: quella frazione di secondo che sconvolge una vita intera

Dopo aver preso la decisione, Dio solo sa cosa le fosse frullato per la mente, di tornare a casa attraversando il Rocky Point Park, anziché fare il tragitto più lungo passando esternamente al parco, dire
Sep 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, realism
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Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On their way home from a Fourth of July party, Teena Maguire and her 12-year-old daughter, Bethie, make the mistake of taking a short-cut through the sketchy-looking park near the town lagoon. Halfway across the park, the pair are suddenly set upon by a group of local hoodlums and dragged into a nearby boathouse. Teena is brutally beaten and raped, while Bethie manages to avoid harm by hiding in a corner. While the attack leaves both mother and daughter traumatized, it’s nothing compared to the ...more
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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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“Taking the law into your own hands, fuck what's wrong with that?” 35 likes
“HUSBAND: Is something wrong?
BETHIE: Why--why do you ask?
HUSBAND: You looked so lonely, suddenly. As if you'd forgotten I'm here.”
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