I'd never yet read anything by Joyce Carol Oates. After a close friend strongly recommended her work, I told myself I'd give it a try. Having looked up the disheartening long list of Oates's published books, and seeing most novels were close to 500 pages, I decided to go for a novella, and 'take it easy'. That'd be shorter; lighter, too.
Little did I know that the novella I'd pick out (for no other reason than the intriguing title- how on earth could ‘rape’ be a 'love story'?) would be anything but easy.
Reading 'Rape' was like getting a big cruel kick in the stomach. I took it up on a Monday evening; could not put it aside- till it was 'over'.
In this story, when catharsis comes, it is superbly crafted, its morals shining bright, in quirky paradox: what we're shown here is… triumph. The triumph of friendship; the triumph of love.
This book isn't one you get over with. To me as a woman, it'll never be over; and though the story itself brings closure- the feelings it awakens can't be easily put to rest.
The brutality of those starting pages -the torture, in body and soul, of Teena Maguire; the anguish and terror of young Bethie; the seemingly endless, hopeless fight against cruelty and machismo of provincial America- all that stays with the reader.
This is a book I'll not forget.
le 17 février 2013
JC Oates a écrit au moins une quarantaine de romans et nouvelles et la somme de ses écrits mérite , selon moi , un Prix Nobel de littérature .
Si vous souhaitez goûter au talent de ce merveilleux auteur , lisez en une soirée cette 'novella' qui donne toute la mesure son talent littéraire : un véritable coup de poing qui devrait vous donner l'envie de renouveler l'expérience !