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Faithless: Tales of Transgression

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,102 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
In this collection of twenty-one unforgettable stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores the mysterious private lives of men and women with vivid, unsparing precision and sympathy. By turns interlocutor and interpreter, magician and realist, she dissects the psyches of ordinary people and their potential for good and evil with chilling understatement and lasting power.
Paperback, 386 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published March 1st 2001)
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
An emotional and somewhat depraved read, I've had an exceptionally difficult time putting my feelings about this anthology into words. I've done my best to try and come back to this review all articulate and concise. But...I...just can't!!

There are a lot of stories in this collection and they reach all the way into the deepest recesses of our minds to pull and tweak those dark thoughts that we all have. I felt angry, depressed, uncomfortable, sad, disgusted and completely wrecked throghout this
Jul 18, 2008 Eliza rated it it was amazing
I feel a little too mature. This book is serious. The cover looks serious. I feel like I'm like 25 and some whitty english graduate from Yale who has a house in the Hamptons already. Yes, I drink tea. No, I don't wear Marc Jacobs.
Oct 18, 2012 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Joyce C. Oates una delle mie "Femmine della specie scrittori" preferite quindi non aspettatevi una recensione oggettiva.
La penna é un bisturi, l'animo umano é dissecato, e si può senz'altro dire che la Oates sia una di quelle persone "attente", ché come dice Carofiglio (Né qui né altrove) l'attenzione é una qualità morale, attenta a sé e ai propri moti interiori, pensieri, sentimenti emozioni, e of course a quelli degli altri.
Ma il più bello deve ancora venire: sa come de-scriverli.
E questa ogni
Aug 26, 2016 Andy rated it it was amazing
After reading a handful of Oates short story comps I can honestly say this is the best one I've read so far, but how well can you know a writer whose career has spanned sixty decades? The stories in Faithless are the most satisfying and accomplished of all her shorts collections.

I admired the daring she exhibited in tackling popular tabloid news subjects and writing them in the noir style. I can see why Otto Penzler is so taken with her; everything is written in the noir style.

Faithless is large
Mariano Hortal
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Me gustaría subrayar las consecuencias del Nobel a Alice Munro; no son pocas y tienen bastante importancia en el mundo literario:
La primera de ellas es, evidentemente, lo romántica que resulta esta elección; supone la exaltación, la entronización del cuento como género literario como obra magna; no olvidemos que si algo caracteriza a Munro es la creación de cuentos; de hecho, solamente podemos hablar de una novela oficial, e incluso podríamos
Aug 29, 2016 Guilie rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Every story is a deeply personal drama that we're accidental, maybe even unwilling, witnesses to, the way one might catch a glimpse through a curtain hanging askew or through an open window as one drives by of an intensely intimate moment at the neighbors'. One cringes, turns away, and at the same time wants to stay and watch, maybe find a better vantage point, maybe move closer to catch what they're saying. This is the pervading sense throughout these stories: I am a witness to things ...more
Katy Johnson
Aug 12, 2009 Katy Johnson rated it liked it
I had trouble getting into this collection of short stories, perhaps because I wasn't in the mood to roll around in the darkest, most stomach-turning corners of the human mind (a place in which I should know, by now, Oates perpetually lives). The first section dealt mostly with the obsession of unrequited love. The last section I ended up skimming through, as it focussed heavily on the powerful combination of guns and lust. However, the middle section of this book was a painful, yet beautiful lo ...more
Daniel Andreacci
Nov 14, 2011 Daniel Andreacci rated it liked it
This collection of short stories is not bad, but a little overwhelming. Each one is extremely dark and it gets a little depressing to read when you try to complete the collection. Each story in and of itself is great, but put together is a little much. Otherwise, Joyce Carol Oates is a pretty good writer, seeming to usually focus and write around one conflict (usually those that are complex or unique) and then surrounds that conflict with whichever characters and details she chooses. I would rec ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Kike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Un conjunto de relatos sobre como la obsesión es el vehículo para llegar a la felicidad. Oates con su visceral estilo nos deja sumergirnos en la mete de variados personajes que tienen en común la infelicidad y el vacío, pero al mismo tiempo son seres que intentan encontrar la esperanza y la redención en esas pasiones. Los personajes de estos relatos están dispuestos a transgredir los "códigos" de nuestra sociedad para por lo menos volver a sentir un poco de esa felicidad tan prometida en estos t ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep. Dark. Disturbing. Heavy.
An intense exploration into the heart, mind and soul of the human condition.
My first time reading this author's work.
It won't be the last.
BUT I'll read her work again after some time has passed.
Reading small doses at a time is advisable because it can be quite 'suffocating'...
The reader needs to 'come up for air' after having read Oates' work.
You'll appreciate these stories if you're a realist.

Tulio Fernandez
Jun 11, 2015 Tulio Fernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El subtítulo de esta colección de relatos de la norteamericana Joyce Carol Oates es Historias de transgresión. Según el diccionario de la Rae, transgresión viene de la acción de transgredir –nunca lo hubiera imaginado, sabios intelectuales de la Rae-,al pedir la definición de esta última palabra, me encuentro con lo siguiente:

(Del lat. transgrĕdi).
1. tr. Quebrantar, violar un precepto, ley o estatuto.

Podría decirse que en esto se resume esta excelente antología de relatos. El quebran
Joan Colby
Mar 25, 2010 Joan Colby rated it it was amazing
Short stories by the mistress of the form. Oates metier is the short story and her talent for seizing the reader and immersing him in the tale with just a few scenes and descriptions is mesmerizing. In addition, Oates ability to invade the mind of a variety of dubious characters is almost alarming.
Sep 10, 2015 Janellyn51 rated it liked it
I read this because I've liked the novels of Oates that I've read, and also because the cover is a photograph by my old friend Nan Goldin, whose work never ceases to impress me. I'll say it again, I find it difficult to read a book of short stories. It takes a few pages to get into it and then in a few more pages it's done and you have to reinvest yourself in the next tale. It took me an interminable amount of time to finish this, and I assume that is because, you don't wake up wanting to get ba ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Carrie added it
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I didn't like her writing style. I read three short stories and had a hard time getting into all of them. Maybe her stuff just isn't for me. I have abondoned the book. I think I'll give it to charity.
Melissa Massello
May 24, 2007 Melissa Massello rated it it was ok
I like Joyce Carol Oates, so when I saw this anthology at a yard sale for a dollar it was a no-brainer. But...I just can't seem to get into the stories. Maybe I'll try again.
Sep 01, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
I ended up reading this twice because I forgot that I had already read it. This is a book of short stories and they are all worth reading.
Oct 22, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
Compelling, gripping, almost too dark. My first foray into the JCO oeuvre. Love the cover photo by Nan Goldin.
Luis Loyola
Jan 14, 2014 Luis Loyola rated it really liked it
Shelves: leidos-2014
Muy buena recopilación de historias de esta gran escritora, El relato Infiel que da el nombre a este libro fue uno de los que mas me impresionó , trata sobre una mujer que desaparecio de algun pueblo de los Estados Unidos en 1923, narrada en tiempo presente por su nieta cuenta la historia de a traves de lo que supo de su abuela por su madre y su tía, dando pistas poco a poco para que uno se de cuenta que lo que todo en pueblo pensó que era el abandono de una madre irresponsable e infiel fue en r ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Steffie rated it it was amazing
Joyce Carol Oates se está convirtiendo en mi escritora favorita
Aug 20, 2007 Charity rated it it was ok
Im never much a fan of short stories
Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
Good stuff in here.
May 22, 2013 John rated it liked it
I could easily add a star for Oates' superb prose and characters, though I have stayed at three largely to represent the true nature of this collection. Tales of transgression INDEED. The average reader, having read a few of Faithless' narratives, may find themselves re-considering whether or not they want to traverse the remaining tales, well-wrought as they are. These are portrayals of humanity's dark side, as well as the unforgiving nature life sometimes exhibits. Some protagonists may be lik ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Victoria rated it it was ok
This collection of short stories was surprisingly dark - well-written, but quite dark. Short stories are really not my favorite form of fiction, and this was, unfortunately, no exception. Reading them all in one sitting really compounded their negativity, so perhaps this wouldn’t feel quite as overwhelming had I read them spaced out over the course of a month or so instead. The collection was a bit uneven, with some stories a lot more engrossing than others. Of course, those stronger stories wer ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Brandi rated it really liked it
I don't normally like collections of short stories, but thought I'd give this a try. Joyce Carol Oats is a very talented writer. The language is absolutely beautiful and engaging. I felt compelled to finish even thought most of the stories were not something that I would have typically picked as my choice for an entertaining/informative read. I will be seeking more from this author.
Nancy Doerrer
Apr 23, 2015 Nancy Doerrer rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of short story collections, but this one was so hard to put down! JCO is a favorite author anyway, but these 21 stories were each as good as some of the full-length novels. The title belies how terrifying some of the stories are. Disturbing stories but brilliant!
Sep 05, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable short stories. The characters sprang to life. The stories had the kickers at the end that made them fun and unpredictable, if a tad formulaic. I am glad I gave Oates another chance.
Dec 31, 2015 Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual flavour at all. Most of the characters are repulsive. Mostly hits, a couple of misses, but written so ridiculously well every story gets a visceral reaction, if not always a positive one.
Aug 07, 2016 Manolito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
21 relatos con un tema en común: la transgresión a la Ley, a la Ética, a la moral occidental. Literatura adulta sin anestesia. Casos muy reales, como sacados de un noticiero sensacionalista. Algunos, casi laberínticos, profundos, donde el lector debe esforzarse para terminarlos. No apto para mentes débiles.
Nov 22, 2015 Lis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I didn't know this was a book of short stories. Had I known, I won't have read it - and that would have been a shame. This is the first book I've read by Oates. Her ability to write in very different styles is amazing. I wanted many of the stories to continue - which is a good indicator that the author is gifted. However, the stories became increasingly "dark" the farther into the book I went. Although fiction, it gave me insight into minds I'll never come into contact with. At least I hope I do ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Oates' characters; so much of what they say and feel really echoes true life and experiences.
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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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