Black Dahlia White Rose: Stories
Chez Joyce Carol Oates, les aspects les plus triviaux de la vie quotidienne peuvent tourner au cauchemar. Ces onze nouvelles dérangeantes et inventives en offrent encore une fois la preuve, disséquant les sentiments et les actes de personnages aux prises avec un univers lisse en surface, mais toujours susceptible de basculer. L'horreur n'est jamais loin : variation autour...more
Here’s my ratings of each story:
“Black Dahlia and White Rose”: 5⭐️
“Run Kiss Daddy”: 4⭐️
“Hey Dad”: 2⭐️
“The Good Samaritan”: 5⭐️
“A Brutal Murder in a Public Place”: 1⭐️
“Spotted Hyenas: A Romance”: 2⭐️
“San Quenti ...more
BLACK DAHLIA & WHITE ROSE: This is a great story. I love the way Oates structures this. Oates uses various first person narrators in this story including Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) after her murder. I liked the way Oates tackles the brutal subject matter without being gory and over the top. I liked the use of different narrators that allowed Oates to explore the well-known story from different angles.
I.D: Oates leaves the ending of the story open. The teenage narrator is aske ...more
This collection, which includes a story that is featured in The Best American Short Stories 2011, met all of my expectations. Her title story, Black Dahlia and White Rose, traces the brief intersection in the lives of Elizabeth Short (more commonly ...more
Section 1: Black Dahlia & White Rose: This is ...more
I've wanted to read Joyce Carol Oates for so long I can't even remember why I first put some of her books on my TBR. I found this collection for $1 a year or so ago and was very excited to finally check out her writing. I was even happier to have found a collection of short stories--instead of a novel--first, because I g ...more
"Black Dahlia & White Rose," the aforementioned story that prompted all of this, is s ...more
The reason I bring this up is that we can do the same break down when it comes to literature. While Oates and Ligotti both write atmospheric horror tales, they coul ...more
And this is one of those ...more
In addition to the grim tone, some of the later stories had more ambiguous endings, lacking closure, which is probably a bummer for those who, used to reading novels, expect a tangible and clearly defined beginning, middle, and end. I also felt the stories ...more
I seem to have a love/hate relationship with the writings of this author. There are instances when after reading one of her books, I swear never to read another, and then find one I haven't read and bring it home.
This is a set of short stories, each different, but alike it the typical noir of her writing style. The title is taken from the first story of Elizabeth Short, aka The murdered woman known as The Black Dahlia. The unsolved mystery remains to haunt. I'm not sure if Elizabeth was a room m ...more
Right now, I am on the story "Run Kiss Daddy" and I am finding fault with it. I live in New Jersey and know the Delaware Water Gap. On page 96 she writes, "- across the river on the high pedestrian walkway, north to Dunfield Creek and Sunfish Pond and . . . ". There is no pedestrian walkway across the river (the Delaware River).
Also, she has the family living in East Orange. I am assuming this ...more
The writing style is horrible! And the story? No proper beginning nor proper ending to it. It’s just a huge lots of scribbles that had not been edited nor proof read. Stuffs gets repeated throughout the short chapter. I guess if the repetitive information were removed, each chapter can be just under 10 pages.
I picked up this book because I am always interested in stories about The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short. However this book failed to pr ...more
I enjoyed the one about the b ...more