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ACCURSED

Oates, Joyce Carol

(Book - 03/05/2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A major historical novel from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)--an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man-a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up. When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people, from Grover Cleveland, fresh out of his second term in the White House and retired to town for a quieter life, to soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson, president of the university and a complex individual obsessed to the point of madness with his need to retain power; from the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain-all plagued by "accursed" visions. An utterly fresh work from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful writer. Narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling supernatural elements to stunning effect.
Publisher: Ecco Press 03/05/2013
ISBN: 0062263447
9780062263445

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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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