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The Accursed

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17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Absorbing

Oates has written a fascinating novel featuring historical figures and the upper crust of Princeton at the dawn of the twentieth century. In her world, however, these sons and daughters of privelege are haunted by a mysterious curse, claiming them, one by one, to the ho...
Oates has written a fascinating novel featuring historical figures and the upper crust of Princeton at the dawn of the twentieth century. In her world, however, these sons and daughters of privelege are haunted by a mysterious curse, claiming them, one by one, to the horror of the polite and sheltered society.
All of this is narrated by a rambling characture of a historian, whose writing style is very much of the time period in which he has absorbed himself.
The effect is that the whole account, which includes diary entries, letters, and dialogue, maintains the flow and continuity of a novel, despite the use of a contemporary narrator. It is fascinating, unpredictable, and impossible to put down.

posted by oluckyme on March 10, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Slog through the Bog

Why someone as talented as Joyce Carol Oates would spend time and effort writing such a book escapes me. The concept of an historical Gothic fantasy is clever, but she turned it into a tedious, repetitive exercise. To make matters worse, it's too long by about two third...
Why someone as talented as Joyce Carol Oates would spend time and effort writing such a book escapes me. The concept of an historical Gothic fantasy is clever, but she turned it into a tedious, repetitive exercise. To make matters worse, it's too long by about two thirds. I pride myself on finishing the books I start and keeping an open mind, but this experience seems so twistedly wasteful as to make the reading truly shameful instead of a guilty pleasure! -- catwak

posted by catwak on May 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    First 300 a gem

    Rest, not so much...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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