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Lovely, Dark, Deep [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Carol Oates

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“Marvelous. Oates is a giant among us, as prolific as the worst of the writers who produce dreck and turn it into cash, but thoroughly wonderful and important.” (NPR Books)

“Where Balzac wanted to give his readers Paris in its entirety, Joyce Carol Oates has dared to give her readers an entire country, our own… [A] collection as alive and as enlivening as any of the earlier volumes in Oates’s already distinguished body of work.” (NPR Books)

“Oates, one of few writers who achieves excellence in both the novel and the short story, has more than two dozen story collections to her name and she continues to inject new, ambushing power into the form… Oates’ stories seethe and blaze.” (Booklist)

“As unsympathetic as many of Oates’ mordant and quasi-anonymous characters may appear at first, en masse their fears and anxieties in the face of death and decline epitomize universal recognition of hard facts: We’re all in this together, and nobody gets out alive.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Here Oates is at her empathetic best.” (Boston Globe)

“Oates, a master at work for five decades, is an American literary institution. Surely no collection of short stories, no matter how wonderful or terrible, could break her legacy now. The fact is that this is an excellent collection of short fiction in its own right.” (

As the interloping fiancée of “Patricide” says of her deceased lover, the Philip Roth-esque Roland Marks, ‘He knew women really well-you could say, the masochistic inner selves of women.’ We might well say the same of Oates, with the same complimentary awe.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A master cartographer of inner landscapes, the prolific Oates returns with a virtuosic collection that moves fluently across a range of characters, settings, and moods. In these 13 stories, she opts for a looser, more expressionistic palette as she gazes grimly, gorgeously, into the crucible of mortality.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“[Thirteen] stories, structured into four sections, have a range of subjects and points of view while at the same time probing the innate insecurity in the lives of ordinary people... For readers who are already familiar with Oates, this book will not disappoint.” (Kansas City Star)

“Insightful, disturbing and mesmerizing in their lyrical precision, the stories in the book display Joyce Carol Oates’ astonishing ability to make visceral the fear, hurt and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.” (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

“With every new book… [Oates] proves anew that she is perhaps our greatest contemporary American writer.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“The unity of Oates’ stories in this collection resides in their confrontation with aging and death, with the various ways life winds down and ends, and with the darker side of our human nature.” (Roanoke Times)


From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.

Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates’s magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.

In “Mastiff,” a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude. “Sex with Camel” explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother—and how vulnerable those feelings make him. Fearful that that her husband is “disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A Book of Martyrs” reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman, who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.

A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals an artist at the height of her creative power.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 899 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 437 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062356941
  • Verlag: Ecco (9. September 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another amazing collection by Ms 10. September 2014
Von William J. Kaiser - Veröffentlicht auf
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Another amazing collection by Ms. Oates. She has the uncanny ability to show the largeness, the richness, and the contingency of life by her brilliant talent for elucidating life's smallness. The depiction of subjectivity during social interaction (eg,the insecurity, the hubris) draws you into her stories, and makes them hard to put down. If you love this style of fiction, and are a fan of her work, don't miss my top recommendation of her books: A Widow's Story: A Memoir.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing and fascinating. 15. September 2014
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The world of Joyce Carol Oates, as ever, is filled with ordinary, chronically unhappy and uncomfortably familiar people. In LOVELY, DARK, DEEP, a disparate array of short stories from a famously versatile writer, we are treated to subjects as diverse as a smartphone-addicted grandson taking his grandmother to chemotherapy, an academic preparing to inherit the estate of her famous aging father, and a new couple altered by their encounter with a vicious mastiff on a hike. Central to each story is an intimate human relationship in deep, revelatory instability. Upon finishing the collection, one is left with a sense of the profound uncertainty of human relationships.

“Mastiff,” perhaps the most immediate of the stories, focuses on a not-so-young couple who are holding each other at arm’s length, at best, until they are attacked by the titular dog. The man leaps to the woman’s defense, becoming brutally mauled in the process. As a result, the woman impulsively refers to herself in the hospital as his fiancé. The uncomfortable nature of this story places trauma in a relationship, and questions whether trauma brings us closer together or farther apart. As ever, Oates lands in delightfully ambiguous territory.

The title story, “Lovely, Dark, Deep,” which was published by Harper’s in November 2013, portrays an increasingly uncomfortable and unsettling visit by a graduate student at the Bread Loaf School of English, who appears to know much more about Robert Frost’s life than she at first seems to --- perhaps more than she should. The uncomfortable interview, in which the surly old poet harangues the young woman, brilliantly shifts in power, and the student begins to interrogate Frost in an exceedingly personal and hostile manner, excoriating him for buried evils in his family life.

A particular joy in this collection is the obsessive, hysterical and unexpected “Betrayal,” a relatively short installment for this collection, about a boy from a privileged family who upon graduation (with honors, as mentioned multiple times) horrifies his family by taking an unpaid internship at the San Diego Zoo and becoming a vegetarian. The story unfolds from the manic perspective of the parents, who quite literally believe their son has turned into an animal. The narrative brilliance of the tale is such that I don’t wish to further spoil it for anyone who might wish to read it. On first read, it feels nearly out of place in this mostly somber collection; it is the only story that seems to dabble more than slightly in humor, indeed growing almost farcical at times. However, there is a deep melancholy underpinning the narrative instability of the story that makes it a fascinating read, and perhaps the finest piece in this collection.

Oates, a master at work for five decades, is an American literary institution. Surely no collection of short stories, no matter how wonderful or terrible, could break her legacy now. The fact is that this is an excellent collection of short fiction in its own right. Its evocation of the uncanny and the disturbing within seemingly mundane personal relationships is reminiscent of the great short stories of Flannery O’Connor. The insecurities and instabilities that define the relationships in LOVELY, DARK, DEEP are as disturbing as they are fascinating.

Reviewed by L. Whitney Richardson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ONE OF HER BEST 12. November 2014
Von Pamela Malone - Veröffentlicht auf
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Joyce Carol Oates used to write great short stories. I remember reading several of her collections back in the 70's and 80's. Because she is such a versatile writer, both in prolific output and genres, she seemed to have left stories about ordinary men and women, and the depths of their psyches, behind. Luckily for us she has returned, with what I believe may be her best short story collection yet. I was motivated to write this review because a very dismissive review of this book appeared in the New York Times Book Review. The writer, a man who had a collection of stories published, repeated the cliché that because Ms. Oates writes so much, everything she writes isn't necessarily top notch. He also dismissed the book because the protagonists were women! As if women are not equal human beings, whose inner most thoughts are not of universal interest. I hadn't read the book yet, so I didn't feel qualified to write a rejoinder. I assumed there would be a flood of letters in Ms. Oates' defense, but there were none. So now having read the book, I am here to say, that male reviewer got it totally wrong. The short story collection explores relationships, the deeper intricacies, that only a skilled writer like Oates could fathom. The book probes darkly and deep. I can guess why a male writer might flinch. She explores male domination in its more subtle forms and particularly in two stories, "Lovely, Dark, Deep" and "Patricide", both about narcissistic, full of themselves and their genius, famous male writers. "Lovely, Dark Deep" paints a very grim portrait of Robert Frost, as a mean, wily, egocentric genius, very different from the lofty poetry he produced. "Patricide" has a protagonist that looks a lot like Philip Roth, with the wives and children of Norman Mailer. His daughter is obsessed by him, and lives off the crumbs of his occasional recognition of her. Though these stories are from a woman's view, her gaze is usually on a man. And I could see where that gaze would be threatening to any chauvanistic male writer. I can also see why Ms. Oates, one of America's greatest short story writers, certainly on a par with Updike, Cheever, and O'Henry, would have some anger at the way she is received by the literary establishment. She is not treated with the same respect and admiration as her male counterparts. This book has incredible variety. There is a ghost story, and a fantasy story in which a young man prefers the simian world. But underneath all the stories runs a feminist chord out to cut into the phony surface of male/female equality. Brava to Ms. Oates. A great read which is in itself, lovely, dark and deep.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A so-so collection of stories 3. November 2014
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This collection has a handful of great stories, but the majority of them (including the title story) are mediocre at best. If you are a JCO fan, you may enjoy this. If you're new to JCO, you might want to skip it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SUPERB 1. Oktober 2014
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Another superb collection from Joyce Carol Oates. I found each story to be a gem, but THE HUNTER and A BOOK OF MARTYRS are two of the finest short stories I have ever read. Don't miss!
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