- Hardcover: 669 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (March 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062231707
- ISBN-13: 978-0062231703
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 344 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Soon after arriving at Princeton University, where she continues to teach, Oates completed Bellefleur (1980), launching a series of sly gothic novels. One manuscript, The Crosswicks Horror, was left unfinished, and Oates has now resurrected it as a lush, arch, and blistering fusion of historical fact, supernatural mystery, and devilish social commentary. High-strung and ambitious Woodrow Wilson is the president of Princeton. Anxious over festering conflicts and appalled by what he learns about his distant relative and protégé after the nearby lynching of an African American man and his pregnant sister, Wilson seeks advice from retired Reverend Winslow Slade, who would rather think about the upcoming wedding of his granddaughter, Annabel. But this fair maiden is in danger of falling under the spell of a handsome stranger with otherworldly eyes. As an elite WASP enclave finds itself caught in the grip of inexplicable terror, readers will be bewitched by a fantastically dramatic, supremely imaginative plot rife with ghosts, vampires, demons, and human folly. Oates brings her nightshade humor and extraordinary fluency in eroticism and violence, American history and literature (her magnetizing characters include Mark Twain, Jack London, and Upton Sinclair) to this piercing novel of the devastating toll of repression and prejudice, sexism and class warfare. A diabolically enthralling and subversive literary mash-up. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Propelled by a lavish national tour and multimedia campaign, The Accursed is destined to be one of Oates’ most widely appealing and avidly read novels. --Donna Seaman
“Joyce Carol Oates has written what may be the world’s finest postmodern Gothic novel: E.L. Doctorow’s ‘Ragtime’ set in Dracula’s castle. It’s dense, challenging, problematic, horrifying, funny, prolix and full of crazy people. You should read it... Oates’s hypnotic prose has never been better displayed.” (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review (Cover Review))
“Spectacular. . . With its vast scope, its mingling of comic and tragic tones, its omnivorous gorging on American literature, and especially its complex reflection on the major themes of our history, The Accursed is the kind of outrageous masterpiece only Joyce Carol Oates could create.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)
“A brilliant Gothic mystery that has the punch of historical fiction. Currents of race, class and academic intrigue swirl under the surface, but it’s the demonic curse that propels the action... Oates casts a powerful spell. You’ll close The Accursed and want to start it all over again.” (People (4 Stars))
“The Accursed is a unique, vast multilayered narrative; a genre bending beast of a book, utterly startling from start to finish, compulsive and engaging, the writing crackling with energy and wit. This is an elaborately conceived work.” (New York Review of Books)
“[The Accursed] is in addition to being a thrilling tale in the best gothic tradition, a lesson in master craftsmanship...The story sprawls, reaches, demands, tears, and shrieks in homage to the traditional gothic, yet with fresh, surprising twists and turns... Oates has given us a brilliantly crafted work .” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Carefully and densely plotted, chockablock with twists and turns and fleeting characters, her novel offers a satisfying modern rejoinder to the best of M.R. James—and perhaps even Henry James.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Oates’ atmospheric prose beautifully captures the flavor of gothic fiction . . . In Oates’ hands, this supernatural tale becomes a meditation on the perils of parochial thinking. It demands we think - with monsters - about our failure to face the darkest truths about ourselves and the choices we’ve made.” (NPR)
“A lush, arch, and blistering fusion of historical fact, supernatural mystery, and devilish social commentary... A diabolically enthralling and subversive literary mash-up. ” (Booklist (starred review))
“A smart and relentlessly absorbing read.” (Library Journal)
“Joyce Carol Oates is at her gothic best… an astonishing fever dream of a novel.” (Los Angeles Times)
“For those who enjoy total immersion in this kind of historical fiction, The Accursed is good fun, as mesmerizing as a demon and as addictive as a patent cure.” (Boston Globe)
“A fascinating novel in which historical truth and imagination collide to create an unsettling vision of America as it entered the 20th century.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“The Accursed blends history, horror, fantasy and black comedy into a trippy literary brew. For fans of Oates’ gothic works, this is a heady draught indeed.” (Dallas Morning News)
“Regular readers of Oates will be familiar with the game. . . after [new readers make] their way through The Accursed, no one will find it easy to forget.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“Joyce Carol Oates is at the top of her game in her glorious new novel, THE ACCURSED - a long, lush account of perhaps-preternatural happenings in Princeton, N.J., a century ago.” (Buffalo News)
“This latest effort looks like a belated candidate for the Great Oates Novel . . . The Accursed is a big, mad, colourful romp, respectful of the literary traditions in which it participates, leavened with a piquant humour.” (Financial Times)
“The Accursed is very much in the American gothic tradition of Charles Brockden Brown, Hawthorne, Poe, and Faulkner.” (New York Review of Books)
“In this new novel Oates has achieved a nearly flawless combination of postmodernism, gothic horror, “traditional” narrative, politically engaged literature, historical novel, and popular bestseller—a heady and enjoyable mix.” (Harvard Review Online)
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I enjoyed reading about the elites of Princeton and the protagonist is as wily as the Devil himself and in fact he may be. The characters themselves are haunted--haunted by dead children, haunted by their insecurities, by their money and knowledge.
This is a good and interesting book and it has made me more of a fan of Oates as an author and I expect to read more of her novels. She loves writing about the darkness inside of people.
My caveat is this: If you are going to read "The Accursed" be prepared for the long haul; there are several little side chapters in which the "author" (or narrator) uses to explain and expound upon the subject at hand.
I would recommend this book to Joyce Carol Oates fans, readers of dark fiction or anyone who wants to read a very long, sometimes seemingly pointless (but its not) novel with a plethora of characters and plot devices.
The problem with this tale is that it's voice is of the period. The characters are verbose and even the narrator's voice so wordy that the modern reader feels "bogged down" in the fanciful kingdom that represents the character's inability to deal with their lives. This a beautifully written tale but troublesome in its length and worthiness.
I chose this book because it is set in Princeton, which is where our group lives and meets. The references to actual people, places, and events in Princeton did attract some interest, but several members complained that they didn't want to have to use Google (as I did) to separate fact from fiction. Even the map on the front and back covers was partly imaginary, which disturbed some of the old timer Prinstonians.
I admired the suspense and twists of the plot, the well crafted and often humorous writing style, the use of symbols such as snakes to represent female sexual hysteria and evil forces; the social criticism ( such asracism, misogony, class distinctions, hypocracy).
This is a challenging and thought provoking book, but not for the squeemish or literal minded, If you choose it for a brook group selection, be aware that iit is historical FICTION with a gothic theme.
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Oh boy, am I glad to have finished The Accursed. I did not get on with this one at all.Read more