The Gravedigger's Daughter

The Gravedigger's Daughter

by Joyce Carol Oates
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The Gravedigger's Daughter 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Oates' books, but this beats all predecessors. Simply put, this book is in a class all its own. While intricately written, the book has a very basic theme, I think. Not strictly about being abused by males, whether by a father, husband, son, whatever....it is about choices on the one hand and fate on the other. I saw the abuse, but I think the story line focused more on the hand we are dealt in life and what we make of it. Rebecca/Hazel chose to run from it. In my opinion, a wise choice. In the end, sad though it was, she ended up returning back to her roots. We don't choose what race or generation we are born into no more than we choose the color of our eyes or the texture of our hair. I believe the underlying theme is the lack of tolerance in this world and the utter sadness and fear that are the ultimate result.
DesC More than 1 year ago
This was the first Oates novel I read and it was pretty good. It was longer than it should have been (and would have been better if it was condensed) but it was a good story. I will definitely read more of her books in the future.
Kat_2010 More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was on vacation, and I could not put it down. The plot is original and I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. There is romance and scandal; some parts are thrilling while other parts are sad. I would definitely recommend reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that only Oates could write. She writes with deep knowledge of her characters. They are so developed you get to know them. A great story that encompasses many years from the hovel in which the Grave Digger's Daughter was "raised" to the triumpth of her later years. Her secrets are never revealed but they totally shape her and her son.
DesiDivine More than 1 year ago
This is a LONG book. It took me about 3 weeks to finish it, but I think it was worth it. Hazel Jones (AKA Rebecca Schwart) is a very intriguing. Her life is a series of ups and downs. This novel takes you into the world of a girl from an immigrant family. She is born in New York harbor and grows up under unusual circumstances. I don't want to say to much so that I don't ruin the story for you. But, read this novel! You wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such a good story...I had trouble putting it down. I hadn't read anything from Oates in awhile and am so happy to re-discover her....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this book down! Despite the length, it kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
first one of Joyce Carol Oates books I read, definitely makes me want to read more
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1959 in Chautauqua Falls, New York, a stranger tries to abduct Rebecca Tignor nee Schwart. Stunned especially since her kidnapper insists she is a Hazel Jones, Rebecca reflects on the violence of her life. Her parents and two older brothers barely escaped the Nazi final solution. When she was thirteen, her father killed her mother and almost murdered Rebecca, before finally killing himself in a murder suicide. She married a violent man, traveling beer salesman Niles Tignor.----------------- When she got away from her captor she comes home only to be beaten by her husband. Rebecca knows she must leave before Niles kills her and their nine year old child Niley. She becomes Hazel Jones and Niley becomes Zacharias. Hazel and Zach move all over New York until she meets kindhearted wealthy Chet Gallagher, but although she loves him she still hides her roots even from him.-------------- This is an entertaining look at the life of a woman who always has chose flight over fight. She was raised in fear, married in fear, and became a nomad out of fear, and now with Zach has a chance to live outside of fear if she takes the risk with Chet that he is as kind as she thinks. The ¿Beyond¿ ending seems odd and the basic theme is one that Joyce Oates has used often, but fans of the author will not mind a bit as no one better gets inside the psyche of a person who believes that relationships especially with males means being used, abused and you lose.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like this book when I started reading it but soon got completely wrapped up in Rebecca's story!
2manykids More than 1 year ago
No ending, I am not an author, therefore, it is very annoying when a book does not end with an ending. This book was a waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to start this book after what I'd heard about it, but I ended up being disappointed. I thought it was way too long and boring. It sort of felt like......so what? I must have missed something!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but was disappointed in the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the lengthy descriptions but could not find a reason (s) for Rebecca feeling the way she did about the people in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took awhile to get into but once i did, i was mesmerized- highly recommended
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