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Revue de presse

“[A] powerful novel…[Oates] deftly interweaves M.R.’s present, memories of her troubled childhood, and her feverish hallucinations…This hypnotic novel suggests that forgetting the past may be the heavy cost that success demands.” (The New Yorker)

“Uniquely personal… an intriguing departure from token Oates tales.” (Huffington Post)

“Madness and malevolence squirm on almost every page in Joyce Carol Oates’ 38th novel… Oates’ dark brilliance is ever evident in her main characters, complex souls with mysterious corners in their psyches…” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“This chilling novel opens with a child left to die in a silty riverbed, a memory that no amount of later life success can erase.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“…The Oates style, with its fractious barrage of dashes, suggests what [Emily] Dickenson might have produced if she had written doorstop novels instead of short poems…[Oates] is especially perceptive in showing the political tightrope that M.R. has to walk in her powerful but fragile position at the university…” (Wall Street Journal)

“[A] disturbing, psychological thriller.” (New York Post)

“Extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant... Masterfully enmeshing nightmare with reality, Oates has created a resolute, incisive, and galvanizing drama about our deep connection to place, the persistence of the past, and the battles of a resilient soul under siege… A major, controversy-ready novel from high-profile, protean Oates.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Oates [displays] the insights into human bonds that make her brilliant....Oates makes [her character’s] torment come alive. We grasp her compulsion to return to the mud of the past in order find her true self.” (USA Today)

“[A] disturbing exploration of selfhood…As always, Joyce Carol Oates masterfully evokes a sense of menace, if not malevolence, while drawing her readers deep into the psychology of her characters… a dark, intelligent and deeply compelling novel... which will hold you in its thrall until the end.” (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“There’s a freshness to this novel, a sense of some new, more personal beginning. It’s bold... to paint achievement... as just the flip side of victimization--and it’s perhaps even bolder to make such visceral drama from the story of a workaholic who finally confronts life unhooked from a keyboard.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Oates is an extremely visceral writer…Mudwoman is a genuinely unsettling book in which Oates pays her readers the compliment of never letting them settle or even being entirely sure about what they have just read.” (Financial Times)

“Mudwoman is very good at the performance of the public life of the woman president…The unraveling of this performance is grippingly horrible.” (New York Review of Books)

“Joyce Carol Oates’ latest novel is about many things, but first and foremost it is about the complications of being a high-achieving woman in the 21st century…Oates tells [her protagonist’s story] with a detail and relish that’s both heartbreaking and fascinating.” (Ms. magazine)

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Oates is just a fearless writer…with her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.”
Los Angeles Times
“[An] extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant novel.”
Booklist (starred review)

One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates follows up her searing, New York Times bestselling memoir, A Widow’s Story, with an extraordinary new work of fiction. Mudwoman is a riveting psychological thriller, taut with dark suspense, that explores the high price of repression in the life of a respected university president teetering on the precipice of a nervous breakdown. Like Daphne DuMaurier’s gothic masterwork, Rebecca, and the classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Oates’s Mudwoman is a chilling page-turner that hinges on the power of the imagination and the blurry lines between the real and the invented—and it stands tall among the author’s most powerful and beloved works, including The Falls, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, and We Were the Mulvaneys.

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 736 pages
  • Editeur : HarperLuxe; Édition : Lgr (27 mars 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062107267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062107268
  • Dimensions du produit: 22,7 x 15,3 x 3,2 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.2 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 la vie doit-elle être une tragédie?. 13 février 2014
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Je reconnais à l'auteur un très grand talent, un véritable style littéraire, mais je n'ai que rarement "accroché" à ses romans, en raison d'un goût viscéral chez Joyce Carol Oates pour le sordide, le glauque à la limite du malsain. Tout le monde n'est pas beau, ni gentil mais à ce point de desespérance, je cale.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 5 novembre 2013
Par Gardin
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C'est un livre magnifique, tant pour le style que pour la construction. J'entreprends de lire toute l'oeuvre de JC Oates !
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 erreur de langue 27 novembre 2013
Par gfg
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j'ai acheté ce livre en ayant cherché dans "livres en français". Or je le reçois en anglais, ce qui n'était pas précisé. Pouvez-vous faire quelque chose ?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 C'est parfait!! 6 novembre 2013
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Que dire de plus ?? livraison faite dans les délais, quand au livre pas encore lu !! Mais avec Joyce Carol Oates cela m'étonnerait fort d'être déçu!!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lack of Resolution to Various Themes 27 mars 2012
Par D_shrink - Publié sur
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Even though a real fan of this author and having written flattering reviews of her work in the past, this work leaves me in some wonderment [in keeping with the Quaker Theme used in parts of this work]. I also felt it was overly long and repetitive in numerous places, but my biggest concern was the lack of resolution of any type of meaningful ending. It is as though it were written during a bout of schizophrenia, where many things make sense to the originator of the thoughts but not to anyone else.

The heroine survivor-woman of our story is known during her adult years as M.R. [Meredith Ruth] Neukirchen of Carthage, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. She is adopted by a very loving Quaker couple, Agatha and Konrad Neukirchen and given the birthday of 9-21-61, which is also important to the story. She was abandoned by her birth mother Marit Kraeck a very psychotic woman of extremely humble background. Marit tries to kill the child by throwing her in a mudflat, where she is found by a mentally challenged man lead there by a big black bird known as THE KING OF THE CROWS for the rest of the story. As a child she was called either Jedina or Jewell [the discovery of how that is reconciled is part of the story so I won't spoil it]. She gets the not-so-kind nickname Mudwoman, as an adult, and was called Mudgirl, while a child, due to the method of her abandonment.

Another facet of this story is that you are not always sure when an event important to the story really happened or was merely a psychotic episode imagined by our heroine, which included but are not limited to several amorous encounters.

I normally love reading the frenetic, emphatic, and jittery writing style of this author, but found the lack of resolution to many parts of the story somewhat off putting leaving one dyspeptic in the end. About three quarters of the way through the book, the discussion got off course veering towards the morality and political correctness of conservatives versus liberals. It is like a teacher reviewing the work of an A student who occasionally turns in work of a somewhat lesser quality. This would equate to one of those times. I am sure her next work will be back to snuff.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark Even by JCO Standards 26 avril 2012
Par Sam Sattler - Publié sur
Mudwoman is dark even by Joyce Carol Oates standards. Oates is well known for novels featuring female leads that do not sense the physical jeopardy they are in before it is almost too late to escape it. Suddenly, these women - as intelligent and accomplished as they may be - recognize that they have wandered into a situation that could cost them their lives. The threat usually comes from an evil or deranged man but, in the case of Mudwoman, all the damage is done by a little girl's own mother.

When she is three, Jedina Kraek's mother decides to murder her and her five-year-old sister. Jedina is shaved bald as part of her mother's religious delusions and tossed into a mud flat near the Black Snake River where her mother assumes that she will drown in the muck. Against all odds, the little girl is found by a mentally handicapped local trapper and taken into a foster family for several years. When the Neukirchens, a childless Quaker couple, adopt her, Jedina (who had mistakenly claimed her older sister's name, Jewel) becomes Meredith Ruth Neukirchen.

"Merry" does her best to live up to the Quaker standards of her parents, and becomes the model student, an overachiever who compensates for her insecurities by excelling at academics. Secretly, Meredith applies for, and wins, the scholarship to Cornell that she believes will be her ticket to a new life far from stifling Carthage, New York.

Mudwoman is told in chapters that alternate between Meredith's girlhood and her present life as the first female president of a prestigious Ivy League university. Now 41, and calling herself M.R. Neukirchen, Meredith lives alone in a spooky, "historic" house on campus allocated to the president and spends all of her waking hours on university business - much of it involving fundraisers at which she must impress potential donors with her administrative competence. Oates, herself a Princeton teacher since 1978, is very familiar with this world and she exposes its inner workings here in detail.

Because so much of what takes place in the present happens entirely inside M.R.'s head, the book becomes a contrast between a realistic presentation of her childhood and the more surrealistic presentation of her present day circumstances. What happens when M.R.'s childhood demons intrude upon her present life is often painful to watch. When cracks begin to appear in her public persona, expect to be horrified by M.R.'s mental collapse as the university board of directors tries to contain the damage and deal with the problems she creates for the school.

Mudwoman is frustrating at times because Oates, who is a master of this writing style, wants her readers to be (at least temporarily) as confused as M.R. herself about what is real and what happens only in her dreams. The good news is that patient readers will find that most, but not quite all, of the answers are revealed by the end of the book. Even better news is that they will have spent so much time inside M.R.'s head that they will likely know and understand her as well as they do any fictional character they have ever encountered.

Although it can be a difficult read at times, I highly recommend Mudwoman.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 5 août 2012
Par Peggy - Publié sur
I found this book to be very difficult to read. It skipped back and forth too often and it was very confusing. I was never really sure if M.R. was actually living something, dreaming, or hallucinating. The writing left a lot to be desired with many awkward or fragmented sentences. It just did not flow easily. Even though I found the book hard to get through, I did finish it, only to be somewhat disappointed with the ending.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Kept waiting for something 12 septembre 2012
Par Joanne M. Watkins - Publié sur
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While this story opened with an intensity that prompted me to keep reading, things just went downhill. I have read Joyce Carol Oates and enjoyed her writing which prompted me to read this. What an arduous task. Wouldn't let it get the better of me - just knew there must be something at the end to pull it all together. Wrong.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This is truly the worst book I have read in a very long time. 14 juin 2013
Par Nan A Shaffner - Publié sur
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I stuck with it because I do not like to start a book and then not finish it. This book was so bad for me it was painful. Whatever the author was trying to get at was not clear to me. In the end when it looked like she was going to resolve something, she simply ended it with no ending. I think she was disgusted with it too.
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