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High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread

évaluations:
3.5/5 (3 évaluations)
Longueur:
247 pages
4 heures
Sortie:
Apr 1, 2014
ISBN:
9780802192134
Format:
Livre

Description

Eight stories from the author of A Book of American Martyrs that display her “mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human personality. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals—brother and sister. teacher and student, two lonesome strangers on a subway—in the beautiful, bracing prose that has become her signature.
 
In the title story, a white, aspiring professor in Detroit tries to shake a black, male shadow during the summer of the city’s 1967 race riots. In “The Rescuer,” a promising graduate student detours to inner-city Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral, only to find herself entranced by his dangerous new world. Meanwhile, a young woman prowls the New York City subways in search of her perfect man in “Lorelei.” In each of these short stories, Oates portrays a desperate confrontation with the demons inside us. Sometimes it’s the human who wins, and sometimes it’s the demon.
 
“Oates offers unexpected glimmers of redemption amid the grotesquerie, degradation, and exploitation that fill this collection’s eight tales.” —Publishers Weekly
Sortie:
Apr 1, 2014
ISBN:
9780802192134
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of over seventy books encompassing novels, poetry, criticism, story collections, plays, and essays. Her novel Them won the National Book Award in Fiction in 1970. Oates has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for more than three decades and currently holds the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professorship at Princeton University.   

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  • (4/5)
    The stories in High Crime Area focus on people in dangerous, or potentially dangerous, situations. In some the danger is present and immediate, but in most, it's there in the sense of foreboding and dread, or growing panic, felt by the characters and the reader. In all of the stories, the characters have gotten themselves into the dangerous situations, but in completely believable ways. Their thoughts and emotions, as described by the author, make their actions understandable, though often regrettable.Narrators Julia Whelan, Ray Chase, Donna Postel, Luci Christian, Tamara Marston, and Chris Patton are all excellent. (Chris Patton is a new favorite narrator of mine!) Without any overacting or dramatization, each narrator brings out the gradual, subtle horror of each of these stories. Recommended for readers of psychological suspense or literary fiction tinged with horror.For complete review, please visit the Bay State Reader's Advisoryblog.
  • (3/5)
    Rating: 2.5 of 5This collection (once again) featured Oates' eerie ability to explore the depths of those minds many would rather ignore or deny altogether. However, High Crime Area was just too ... bleak and hopeless - for me, right now. It took nearly a month to read all eight stories, and it was work, every single one.
  • (4/5)
    You can't go wrong with Oates. I'm not usually a short story reader but these kept my interest.
  • (3/5)
    Bam! 1st story of the collection, "The Home at Craigmillnar" is a 5 star, awesome read!"Demon" gave me a severe case of the hee-bee-geebies! And, "Toad Baby" sort of freaked me out!Sadly, I really didn't like "The Rescuer" - the longest story in the collection. And overall, I did not like the last four as much as the first four. So, I'll split the difference, and give it 3 stars!