The Accursed

Oates, Joyce Carol

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Accursed
In 20th century Princeton, New Jersey, a powerful curse, which besets the wealthiest of families, causes the disappearance of a young bride, and when her brother sets out to find her, he crosses paths with the town's most formidable people, including Grover Cleveland and Upton Sinclair.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062234358
Characteristics: 669 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Nov 12, 2014
  • SFPLmusicCataloger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lots to think about with this book.

Jul 16, 2014
  • rebalski rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I would agree with others that this was a slow moving book. However, for some reason I really enjoyed reading this. I just really enjoyed how you felt a part of the times-- where people believed things to be unspeakable and you were speculating about gossip. I liked it -- but don't expect a lot of action, I guess.

Jul 07, 2014

awfully long to make the point: evil lurks all around. the faint of heart should pass on this one.

Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I felt accursed slogging thru to the end. I don't know why i have this perverse need to finish what i start.
This book needed some juicy details to make it interesting. Vivid descriptions of exactly what is going on would be nice.

Jul 22, 2013
  • sharon711 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Stuck with it for about a third of the way through. When I could find no point to it all, except perhaps to present famous American politicians in a most unfavorable light (which may or may not have been historically correct), I gave up. Since all the main action was "unspeakable," I guess Oates just had nothing to write about?

Jul 08, 2013

another greatone frormOates. I was sad when it ended -- felt like I'd lost friends.


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