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Posted January 9, 2011
Difficulty recommending- Not my favorite piece of writing
Joyce Carol Oates, an unfamiliar author to me, did an implausible job at describing her characters' thought process, feelings, and actions. Unfortunately the actions and thoughts of the characters are very striking and dissolute. I found that the pattern of the plot in this novel was like a steep declining slope. Ingrid, the main character of Man Crazy showed no standards or conscience. I struggled with this type of literature because, yes the book may have been realistic and appealing, but I read to get away from the realistic world. Man Crazy did not teach good ethics or proper decision making skills. Joyce Carol Oates did not provide a main character to act as a role model for her readers. If she was, then her lesson was pre-marriage sex is okay. She taught that education is stupid and not worth the time and that drugs are appealing and solve your problems. She taught that abuse is normal and after all of this, your life will turn out on the right track. I am not going to totally bash on Joyce Carol Oates writing. She was superior in showing the pattern of cause and effect, action and reaction, and mistake and punishment. I can honestly say I when reading this piece of writing I felt like I was in Ingrid's situation and environment because of Oates eloquent style. When down reading a portion of Man Crazy my sentiment and emotions would depend on what had just happened in the novel. I also have to applaud Oates for her originality of Man Crazy. Her storyline opened my eyes of how there are a lot worse trials and life conditions than mine. Oates proved to me that the events that occurred in this story happen all the time to regular people . . . maybe not all the events to one person but she showed that the world isn't perfect and simple. In the end I would have to say that I would not recommend this book to just anyone. It takes maturity to accept the choices Ingrid and other characters make in Man Crazy. Fantasy lovers or adventure and action seekers would not enjoy this book. If you take pleasure in romance or realistic fiction you could probably read this book without having too much problems with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2009
Crazy Man Ends Man Crazy
Ingrid learns abandonment from men at a young age when her father flees from from murder charges, leaving her and her mother behind. She is plagued childlike fantasies of her father and self mutilation. Oates' most powerful writing prevails in a deftly crafted scene of Ingrid's poetic presentation at a high school assembly, which also serves as Ingrid's turning point. A string of self deprecating affairs climaxes with the leader of a Satanic cult, ultimately shaping the novel's outcome.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2008
I absolutely reccommend reading this book as it was entirely realistic and unpredictable. You didn't know where Oates was taking you next. We follow Ingrid from dysfunctional semi tragic child life through teen years of sex drugs and abuse and finally, the redemption of a life gone wrong gotten back still with only semi normalcy. A well written page turning novel by a literary phenomenon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2008
Unlike anything I have ever read
This was a really great story that kept me turning the pages. I was hooked from the beginning. I finished this book in a few days. Some of abuse scenes were very graphic but the ending made up for it. I cant wait to read more of her books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2005
Read something else by Oates
JCO is my favorite author, but I found this novel lacking. I found it too violent and I couldn't connect to the main character. I recommend reading her other books: A Garden of Earthly Delights, Them, and We Were the Mulvaney's.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 1999
The First of JCO I've read, but certainly not the last!
JCO was recommended on a list of well known contemporary American authors, and now I can certainly see why. She has the outstanding abililty to realistically describe a person at his or her lowest point. Yes this novel could have been better, and yes it was a little overwhelming when it came to the sex and abuse, but the fact that it was so vivid in diction was what struck me the hardest. JCO'S creative narrative style of Ingrid, it's flashbacks and suddens crashes into the present, force you to stay alert to the novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.