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My Heart Laid Bare [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Carol Oates
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In this Joyce Carol Oates's novel, a New England confidence man teaches his children the tricks of his trade and sends them out into the world to relieve suckers of their money. The book traces the Licht family's fortunes through the first three decades of the 20th century, as the children come of age, master their talents, and grow away from their father's beliefs. Abraham Licht is a charming but sinister man who is extremely attached to the haunted swamp adjacent to the family home. He schools his children in the arts of assuming new identities and turning one's back on the past, skills which Oates suggests come quite easily to Americans. Licht advises his youngest son, a boy ill-suited to grift, to "assemble your selves with grace," by which he means, be duplicitous and excel at it! Do not bare your heart! However, Abraham's lessons don't stick--one by one, Papa Licht's children let him down. The youngest son becomes a talented musician and composer, while the younger sister devotes herself to a life of helping others as a nurse and suffragette. The other children stick to grift but distance themselves from their father, which breaks his devilish heart. My Heart Laid Bare is a tragic family epic. It is a complicated, ambitious book crammed with ideas, crisply drawn characters, and American history. As Oates unfurls the tragedy, she describes many of the social movements of the early 20th century and posits that this country was shaped by charming, talented liars like the Lichts. --Jill Marquis

Kurzbeschreibung

My Heart Laid Bare is a striking departure for Joyce Carol Oates: a sweeping saga of the fortunes and misfortunes of a family of enterprising confidence artists in 19th-century America. Mythic in scope, ballad-like in the telling, it is Oates's most daring work yet -- a stunning tale of crime and transgression -- with profound moral consequences.Oates's picture of America as a land of opportunity to immigrants and settlers takes on a dark tone as we see these veritable shape-shifters exploit the unsuspecting rich by appealing to their deepest flaws. Yet recognizing the sins of greed, lust, pride, and small-mindedness in others does not prevent the patriarch and his brilliant children from being laid low by the same faults.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 624 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ecco; Auflage: Reissue (7. April 2015)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00LSROCWQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #644.625 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The thinking reader's adventure. 28. Juni 1998
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With "My Heart Laid Bare," Joyce Carol Oates builds on her reputation as one of the most inventive and alluring writers at work today. This time, she's in her historical mode, covering the nefarious doings of the Licht clan, whose elaborate con schemes stretch back to Colonial days when an ancestress was transported to America during a shady career that included similar activities. Lead by patriarch Abraham, the early 20th century Lichts appear be masters of the carefully-planned, high-stakes swindle when an act of violence begins the unraveling of not only the way of life they call The Game, but of the family itself. The disintegration of a family is a theme Oates has explored before ("We Were the Mullvaneys") but this new book is full of surprises. She draws the reader into an alluring tale, full of adventure, romance, and creative schemes, with the underpinnings of great sadness. The reader is left disturbed and unsure whether "My Heart Laid Bare" is a romp or something more serious trying to trick us, Licht-style, into not paying the attention we should. The book gets off to a tangled start, but readers are advised to stick with it. You'll get the picture soon enough, and join the Lichts on their compelling and unsettling path.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magical! Transports you to another time and place. 7. September 1999
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A book to be savored, this work struck a rare chord with me, the dilemma between not wanting it to end, yet being unable to put it down. Oates brings these characters to life. The language is lyrical and melodious, a savory delight of armchair escapism, yet so much more. I was engrossed in this book from the opening line and riveted to the very end. The ultimate dysfunctional family, run by a tyrannical and corrupt patriarch during the Gilded Age with just enough supernatural twists to make it the perfect candlelight read for snuggling under the covers while the wicked winds blow under ominous skies!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Original and consuming 2. Dezember 1999
Format:Taschenbuch
This was a quick yet detailed and, most importantly, FUN book to read. Take the Brady Bunch, make them top-notch con artists, throw 'em back another 100 years and you've got Licht family. What a strange crew, but it's such fun to read how each sibling slowly distances him/herself in his/her own unique way from Father and 'The Game'. Forget the romancy title and cover, this is not a Fabio book. Great character development. A must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oates does it again! 29. Juni 1999
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I am an avid fan of Joyce Carol Oates. Though she excels at tales of the macabre, I enjoy her delves into history most. The Licht family was amazing and the story was magnificently woven in typical Oates fashion. I keep collecting her books and can't decide which to read next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magical! Transports you to another time and place. 7. September 1999
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Format:Taschenbuch
A book to be savored, this work struck a rare chord with me, the dilemma between not wanting it to end, yet being unable to put it down. Oates brings these characters to life. The language is lyrical and melodious, a savory delight of armchair escapism, yet so much more. I was engrossed in this book from the opening line and riveted to the very end. The ultimate dysfunctional family, run by a tyrannical and corrupt patriarch during the Gilded Age with just enough supernatural twists to make it the perfect candlelight read for snuggling under the covers while the wicked winds blow under ominous skies!
5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen The thinking reader's adventure. 28. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
With "My Heart Laid Bare," Joyce Carol Oates builds on her reputation as one of the most inventive and alluring writers at work today. This time, she's in her historical mode, covering the nefarious doings of the Licht clan, whose elaborate con schemes stretch back to Colonial days when an ancestress was transported to America during a shady career that included similar activities. Lead by patriarch Abraham, the early 20th century Lichts appear be masters of the carefully-planned, high-stakes swindle when an act of violence begins the unraveling of not only the way of life they call The Game, but of the family itself. The disintegration of a family is a theme Oates has explored before ("We Were the Mullvaneys") but this new book is full of surprises. She draws the reader into an alluring tale, full of adventure, romance, and creative schemes, with the underpinnings of great sadness. The reader is left disturbed and unsure whether "My Heart Laid Bare" is a romp or something more serious trying to trick us, Licht-style, into not paying the attention we should. The book gets off to a tangled start, but readers are advised to stick with it. You'll get the picture soon enough, and join the Lichts on their compelling and unsettling path.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Original and consuming 2. Dezember 1999
Von Mike Borger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This was a quick yet detailed and, most importantly, FUN book to read. Take the Brady Bunch, make them top-notch con artists, throw 'em back another 100 years and you've got Licht family. What a strange crew, but it's such fun to read how each sibling slowly distances him/herself in his/her own unique way from Father and 'The Game'. Forget the romancy title and cover, this is not a Fabio book. Great character development. A must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oates does it again! 29. Juni 1999
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I am an avid fan of Joyce Carol Oates. Though she excels at tales of the macabre, I enjoy her delves into history most. The Licht family was amazing and the story was magnificently woven in typical Oates fashion. I keep collecting her books and can't decide which to read next.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An American Tragedy 2. September 2005
Von Dai-keag-ity - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I couldn't help but feel sad for Abraham Licht, the father at the heart of this novel set in the age of Ragtime, as first his wives and later his children deserted and betrayed him one by one. I got the impression throughout this book about the fall of a king among con-men, that nearly all Licht did in his career of non-violent, pseudo-victimless crime was done on his offspring's behalf, not his own. It was disheartening to read about the disintegration of a once-proud, cunning, powerful man whose worldly goods all came from his own intelligence and skill. I think the effects of isolation from those who are loved was the real soul of this book more than the grifting and elaborately staged thefts that lay on the surface. I didn't find as much evil in Abraham as others seemed to. He loved his children, he was devoted to them, he served them in any way that was within his range: in return they were disloyal. As he said of his life of schemes and swindles, those he conned were willing partners in their own downfalls. "Complicity? Then no crime." Anyone who fails to understand that this is a sadly revealed tragedy is missing Oates' central story.
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