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The Accursed par [Oates, Joyce Carol]
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Longueur : 1057 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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“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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power.

New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel ‘The Jungle’, has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community – elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged.

But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated – until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared.

‘The Accursed’ marks new territory for the masterful Joyce Carol Oates – narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4315 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 1057 pages
  • Editeur : Fourth Estate (5 mars 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0098BZSLS
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Par Alexis Bidault TOP 500 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 19 août 2016
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Quel livre ! Maudits (dans sa traduction française) est un très gros roman passionnant et foisonnant, riche et déroutant, drôle et effrayant qui relate la chronique, sous la plume d’un historien autoproclamé, de la malédiction de Princeton, qui frappa au cours des années 1905 et 1906 le fameux village universitaire du New Jersey (où Joyce Carol Oates enseigne) et ébranla le monde de quelques notables familles locales (les Slade essentiellement, mais également les Van Dyck - les parents du narrateur - et d’autres).

Ce livre imposant et érudit est riche de multiples niveaux de lecture et de style. Pur plaisir de l’horreur gothique, avec des scènes situées dans le Royaume des Marais dont la narration provoque des frissons où le dégoût se mêle à la jubilation ; plongée détaillée et parfois austère dans les arcanes de la politique universitaire ; évocation détaillée grâce à la multiplicité des personnages d’une époque face à de grands bouleversements, sociaux et économiques. Les questions raciales, les droits des femmes, le socialisme, tout ceci met à mal les fondations jusqu’ici solides de la société bourgeoise emprisonnée sous la chape de plomb de la Foi et du respect des règles édictées par les hommes et l’Eglise.

D’ailleurs, cette malédiction de Crosswicks ne serait-elle pas en définitive qu’une manifestation métaphorique de ces révolutions à venir ? Le lecteur se fera son opinion.

On croise dans ce livres beaucoup de personnages réels.
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formidable roman, foisonnant, surprenant, horrifique, drolatique et en plus une passionnante histoire politique et morale des Etats Unis du début du siècle dernier.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Long, but worth it 4 juillet 2015
Par Cheryl J. Leslie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've not read a lot of Joyce Carol Oates before reading "The Accursed" and I have to say, this was a long, slow, engrossing read for me. The book covers a year, 1905-06 in Princeton, NJ and includes many notable people in the story, including then-president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson and his wife, novelists Upton Sinclair and Jack London, as well as the fictional characters within the story. It is a haunting, haunted historical novel.
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.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for the squeamish... 12 mars 2017
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This is the first book by JCO that I have not given five stars. She is my absolutely favorite female American writer (I just can't say anyone is better or even as good as Elena Ferrante). I have read everything (I think) by the author, starting with "Them" in high school, and I have a mad literary crush on the Great Author as I think of her, the divine Ms. O. But this book gave me the willies. It is actually a testament to her writing that it was so brilliantly horrific that I couldn't sleep thinking about it and I had to abandon it halfway through because it literally terrified me. Nobody - not even Stephen King - writes horror like JCO. So if you love to go down into the Bardo, the primordial ooze, and have an impenetrable psyche, say, of the quality of a large office building, by all means give it a go. It's, how shall I put this? Vivid.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A curse descends on the people of Princeton 6 novembre 2016
Par Bonnie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Joyce Carol Oates is one of America s premiere authors. This novel involves numerous historical figures that you will be familiar with including Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, and the Burr family. The Slate family is the center of the story. The head of this family was a president of Princeton and Governor of New Jersey. One by one the characters are murdered or die under unusual circumstances. Also involved in the story are Upton Sinclair, Jack London, and Mark Twain. Many of the events are historically true. Some are fantasy. The story is complex but I found it riveting and attention holding. The writing of course is superb. I found the commentary related to the culture and thinking in the early Nineteenth Century interesting. The views of Wilson regarding the role of women, the socialist movement, and racial bias play their parts as the story unfolds.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written but tedious 17 mai 2015
Par RNT - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is a history combined with fantasy. The society of the early 20th century with its clash of progress with tradition, is illustrated by old families faced with new ideas and changes in the sense of propriety.
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Historical fiction in Gothic style. Not for the literal minded or faint of heart 19 avril 2016
Par Paula the Gourmet - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I led the discussion of this book for our book group. It is quite long and can be confusing (it is narrated in several voices, one of them fictional) and violent, and only 3 people out of 15 who attended had read even half of it after a month. It needed to be cut down, or turned into two separate books. The author belabored descriptions of the fashions that the characters wore, for instance.
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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