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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong

évaluations:
3.5/5 (4 évaluations)
Longueur:
221 pages
3 heures
Sortie:
Sep 3, 2013
ISBN:
9780802194022
Format:
Livre

Description

“A quartet of shrewd and unnerving novellas about toxic entanglements” from the National Book Award–winning author (Booklist).
 
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prominent writers of her generation, and she is fearless when exploring the most disturbing corners of human nature. In Evil Eye, Oates offers four chilling tales about love so powerful that people might die—or kill—for it.
 
In the title story, we meet Mariana, the young fourth wife of a prominent intellectual. When her husband’s first wife comes to visit, Mariana learns a terrible secret that threatens her marriage and sanity.
 
In “So Near Any Times Always,” shy teenager Lizbeth meets Desmond, a charming older boy who offers the first spark of romance. Yet as their relationship blossoms, Lizbeth realizes that a menacing soul lies beneath Desmond’s perfect façade.
 
In “The Execution,” spoiled college student Bart Hansen has planned the perfect crime to get back at his condescending parents. What he didn’t plan on was the resilience of his mother’s love, even in the face of death.
 
And in “The Flatbed,” childhood trauma has prevented Cecelia from enjoying physical intimacy with a man. But when she meets the love of her life, Cecelia must confront the demon who stole her innocence long ago.
 
With the razor-sharp prose that has made Joyce Carol Oates a living legend, Evil Eye shows love as sporadically magical, mysterious, and murderous.
 
“A dazzling, disturbing, tour de force of Gothic suspense: four odd, compelling, ingeniously narrated tales that gain in power and resonance when read in conjunction with each other.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Exquisitely suspenseful. . . . The relationships between the damaged, sometimes monstrous individuals who people these pages will keep the reader riveted.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Sortie:
Sep 3, 2013
ISBN:
9780802194022
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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  • (5/5)
    Wow. Joyce doesn't fail to deliver on these four gems. NOT for the faint at heart, the stories do become progressively harsh, I found myself reading more slowly as the I went from story to story. I repeat - not for the faint at heart, I won't be passing this one along because I don't want to be held responsible.
  • (1/5)
    After reading Daddy Love and its endless repetition I can not believe that I was stupid enough to read another Oates book. If you enjoy reading the same story four times you might enjoy this group of four novellas. I do not know what men have done to Ms. Oates in her life but in every one of these stories the plot centers around a sick abusive man who damages an innocent naive woman. Daddy Love, of course, is about a pedophile. These are the only two Oates books that I have read but if this is characteristic of her beliefs I feel that a therapist is in order.
  • (4/5)
    I picked this up in a hurry and was oh so glad I did. A small collection of Neat, Tidy and Quirky stories, which I never paused at any time to guess where the stories were going. Now having finished them they urge me on to read more of her other books; all of which seem to be further collections of short stories but hopefully there'll be a novel or two tucked away somewhere.
  • (4/5)
    I've never been a huge fan of short story anthologies, so I approached this work by one of my authors with some hesitation. Oates delivered in a big way. I wouldn't put "Evil Eye" in the same category as "Black Water" or even "Zombie," but this creepy collection of tales that chronicle twisted relationships kept my interest from start to finish. As always, Oates' narratives are riveting and dominated (pun intended) by memorable characters.
  • (4/5)
    The individual stories were well written, but "The Execution" was read a little too forcefully (each short story had a different narrator) and spoiled the, otherwise, promising piece. Overall, these were brilliantly composed and read with perfected interpretation.
  • (5/5)
    An excellent collection of short stories that really pulled on me emotionally! I would give this 5 stars, but I didn't think the first three stories "paid off" for me. I loved how they built in suspense and drama, but the ends left me wanting. The fourth story, "The Flatbed" was wonderful, and I would have behaved exactly as N. did! Interesting to me is that two of these stories have a female character missing an eye - or do they? Read this book!
  • (5/5)
    As the sub-title says, these are four novellas of love gone wrong. The first novella, “Evil Eye”, focuses on a nazar, which is a talisman used to ward off the evil eye. Mariana is a shy, timid young woman who is the newly wedded fourth wife of Austin Mohr. Austin is 25 years old than Mariana and his adoration of her seems to be wearing off and his impatience growing. He announces that his first wife, Ines, will be coming to visit. Austin and Ines have a terrible secret that Ines wishes to confide to Mariana. Can their marriage survive this revelation? The second novella, “So Near Anytime Always”, involves another shy young woman, Lizbeth, this one a teenager who falls for a new young man in the area, Desmond. But Desmond has a dark side that Lizbeth isn’t at first aware of. In “The Execution”, college student Bert Hansen has taken too many wrong turns during his life. He blames his father for never being supportive and now his mother also seems to have given up on him. Bert plots his evil revenge on both his hated father and his loving mother. The last novella is “The Flatbed”. Cecilia has never been able to have a normal sexual relationship due to the abuse she sustained as a child. The new man in her life thinks revenge will give the help that Cecilia needs to overcome her issues.Joyce Carol Oates has long been a favorite author of mine. She’s an expert at pulling her readers in right at the start of her stories and then gradually leading them up to the point where you start to realize that something is horribly wrong. She would have been such a wonderful writer for the old TV series, “The Twilight Zone”. I had chills through all four of these tales and highly recommend them.