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Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Stories

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Contents:
Stigmata The Survival of childhood --
The Death of Mrs. Sheer --
First views of the enemy --
At the seminary --
Norman and the killer --
The man that turned into a statue --
Archways --
Dying --
What death with love should have to do --
Upon the sweeping flood.
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published 1966 by Vanguard Press
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Janet
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The short stories that made me want to be a writer.
Rob McMonigal
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Well, I finally got around to reading a Joyce Carol Oates book. Extremely prolific, Ms. Oates writes in a variety of styles and since I heard so much about her I figured I should give her a try.

I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

If this collection of short stories from the early 1960s is any indication of her writing ability, then I am going to have to read more of her work very soon. The tone is surprisingly modern (more on that in a minute), free of the usual problems wi
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Cecil Paddywagon
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
One story in particular shines in this collection. It's called Archways, and it is truly spectacular. I'm not sure I've ever seen a short story create so succinctly such a wholly believable character. It also happens to be one of the only stories that takes place in an urban setting. The story that precedes it, The Man who Turned into a Statue, was also a very enjoyable, though dark, read.

The rest, for this reader, mostly blended together into the sort of generic gritty-rural-Americana that I do
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Pamela Scott
I thought Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Stories was an average collection but nothing special. The collection was a bit of a let-down after reading the excellent, The Wheel of Love and Marriages and Infidelities recently. The best stories in the collection are At the Seminary and Norman and the Killer. These stories are startling and shine. The other stories are lacklustre and not particularly memorable. The stories were readable but below JCO’s abilities as a writer. I find it odd that a wr ...more
Jim Leckband
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. There is some clunkiness, like an adolescent not quite knowing how all their limbs are supposed to work, but so much is going on in these stories that they have me thinking for days. I just finished the titular story and while it is a bit heavy-handed (Noah, Flood, Original Sin etc.) it is as powerful and unexpected of a story as I've ever read.
Keith
Apr 20, 2013 is currently reading it
Early stories, many of them already showing both Oates's mastery, and also her audacity iLF form and eagerness to experiment.
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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