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Written in a painterly style that is utterly compelling, this compact yet powerful novel is perfect for anyone wishing to step into the hypnotic fictional world of Joyce Carol Oates. "A poetic ballad of love and death and martyrdom in a turn-of-the-century small town. . . ."--The New York Times.
Posted January 19, 2008
The skeleton of the story replicates Ethan Frome, but Ms. Oates telling of the story is not to be missed. The difference between them is the inclusion of racism, a theme that she has dealt with in other novels. I found it hard to identify with Calla in the first half of the book but the ties were bound tightly as the action progressed, in the same way that the river flows quietly until it nears the falls.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.