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The Accursed

Oates, Joyce Carol (Book - 2013)
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The Accursed
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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.
Authors: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Title: The accursed
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 669 pages :,map ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Map on end papers.
Contents: Author's note
Prologue
pt. 1. Demon bridegroom
Ash Wednesday eve, 1905
Postscript: "Ash Wednesday eve, 1905"
Narcissus
The spectral daughter
Angel trumpet; or, "Mr. Mayte of Virginia "
Author's Note: Princeton snobbery
The unspeakable I
The burning girl
Author's Note: The historian's confession
The spectral wife
The demon bridegroom
pt. 2. The curse incarnate
The duel
Postscript: The historian's dilemma
The unspeakable II
The cruel husband
The search cont'd
October 1905
"God's creation as viewed from the evolutionary hypothesis"
The phantom lovers
The turquoise-marbled book
The bog kingdom
Postscript: Archaeopteryx
The curse incarnate
pt. 3. "The brain, within its groove ..."
"Voices"
Bluestocking temptress
The glass owl
"Ratiocination our salvation"
The ochre-runnered sleigh
"Snake frenzy"
Postscript: Nature's burden
"Defeat at Charleston"
"My precious darling ..."
"A narrow fellow in the grass ..."
Dr. Schuyler Skaats Wheeler's novelty machine
Quatre face
"Angel trumpet" elucidated
"Armageddon"
pt. 4. The curse exorcised
Cold spring
21 May 1906
Lieutenant Bayard by night
Postscript: On the matter of the "unspeakable" at Princeton
"Here dwells happiness"
The nordic soul
Terra incognita I
Terra incognita II
The wheatsheaf enigma I
The wheatsheaf enigma II
"Sole living heir of nothingness"
The temptation of Woodrow Wilson
Postscript: "The second battle of Princeton"
Dr. De Sweinitz's prescription
The curse exorcised
A game of draughts
The death of Winslow Slade
"Revolution is the hour of laughter"
The Crosswicks miracle
Epilogue: The covenant.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 6 7 9 15 16 17 18 27 29 33 35 53 60 65 68 69 73 80 97 102 109 112 118 133 138 143 148 149 150 151 152 153 159 160 167 172 173 182 188 193 198 203 205 216 222 226 228 231 242 243 244 245 250 258 264 268 270 274 276 278
ISBN: 9780062231703
0062231707
9780062234353
0062234358
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Carol Oates
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 669).
Subject Headings: Blessing and cursing Fiction. Lynching Fiction. Demonology Fiction. Princeton (N.J.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Paranormal fiction.
Horror fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Blessing and cursing
Lynching
Demonology
LCCN: 2012532433
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Nov 12, 2014
  • musicCataloger 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.

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?

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

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