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Son of the Morning

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The story of Nathanael Vickery who believes himself to be one of God's chosen and then loses his way. (Google Books)
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published August 1st 1978 by Vanguard Press
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Pamela Scott
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading Son of the Morning. I’m working my way through JCO’s back catalogue. There’s a lot I haven’t read.

I enjoyed Son of the Morning. It’s a very different novel than something I’d usually read. I don’t think I’ve read a novel about a fanatical evangelist preacher before. Son of the Morning made a pleasant change. I was a born-again evangelist many years ago so some of Nathan’s behaviour and beliefs resonated with me. The opening of Son of the Morning is one of the saddes
Nicole G.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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Creepy and intriguing. This book has all the things one has come to expect from Oates (if one is a fan): the otherworldly in the realistic, rich language, even slight goriness.

Son of the Morning is about a man by the name of Nathan Vickery, who comes into the world by unfortunate circumstances. From an early age, he is blessed by God; some go further and claim that he is the manifestation of Christ, reborn into human form. He has his demons, like all the rest of mankind, however, and confronts t
Andreas Echavez
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The book is composed of a few stories, describing the life and origins of Nathan Vickery, a very troubled child that goes on to to carry out and preach the word of God. At first, I thought things were a bit long-winded, and the Bible verses were disorienting, but once I adjusted to her style it became a lot more enjoyable. The book presents a fascinating picture of evangelical Christianity, visions of Christ, life in a small town, and the psychological evolution of someone warped by religion. Ov ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really did not like this book that follows the life of an evangelist who was identified as such as a young boy. Not sure whether the topic itself bothered me--the rigidity and potential for corruption of extreme religiousity. Could have been that I'm just not familiar enough with some of the nuances of theology to have appreciated what the author did. Whatever it was, I didn't like it---but don't go by my opinion on this one!
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is pretty much the scariest book I have ever read.

It's about a child prodigy preacher-turned radio evangelist in the sticks of upstate New York.

Read it. Hicks and religous zealots are terrifying. Pair them with the scariest literary depiction of Jesus EVER, and we have a winner.
Charles M.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Nathaniel Vickery rises to the upper echelons of becoming the evangelical leader of his church The New Seekers of Christ, only to meet a dis-satisfying end to his diligent fervor to please the Lord. Sort of an out of the ordinary book for Oates; written during her early years as a writer.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
She is a wonderful author, weird story, but satisfying
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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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