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A Widow's Story: A Memoir par [Oates, Joyce Carol]
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Revue de presse

“As much a portrait of a unique marriage as a chronicle of grief...immensely moving…“ (People)

“In a narrative as searing as the best of her fiction, Oates describes the aftermath of her husband Ray’s unexpected death from pneumonia…It’s the painful, scorchingly angry journey of a woman struggling to live in a house “from which meaning has departed, like air leaking from a balloon.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Joyce Carol Oates’s new memoir, A Widow’s Story, is a naked confession about the messy relation of art to life…A Widow’s Story, while about life after the death of a husband, is also about the intense inner life of a female genius…” (Elle)

“…A cascade-of-consciousness that will mostly mesmerize you and surely move you…a book more painfully self-revelatory than anything Oates the fiction writer or critic has ever dared to produce.” (New York Times Book Review)

“…As enthralling as it is painful…a searing account…It is characteristic of Oates’s superb balancing of the intellectual and the emotional that she enables a reader to experience Smith’s death in the dramatic way she herself did.” (Washington Post)

“Flourishes of black humor punctuate the drumbeat of grief, setting the book apart from works such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.” (Wall Street Journal)

“A brave, dark but slyly mordant memoir…Oates rages at the dying of the light of her life in this unflinching, generous portrait of the terror of emptiness.” (National Public Radio)

“The novelist and essayist pens her most intimate book about the death of her husband of 46 years. Judging by the excerpt in The New Yorker Oates’ memoir will join Antonia Fraser and Joan Didion on the shelf of essential works on loss.” (Daily Beast)

“Oates’ raw emotion lifts the veil of the enormity of grief that most widows, and widowers, must feel at the loss of their partners in a way that will come as a shock to some and a relief to others.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“A Widow’s Story is unlike anything Oates has written before…a poignant and raw examination of the obsessiveness and self-indulgence of grief…” (Denver Post)

“A harrowing tale…” (Detroit News)

“…Astonishingly candid…[Oates’s] suffering gushes forth in page after page of detailed prose, snatches of sentences, reportorial and intuitive, emotional and reflective…Oates set out to write a widow’s handbook. What she has accomplished is a story of a marriage.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

“Reads like a rending of garments…” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“A vivid and urgent memoir…” (Dallas Morning News)

“Oates writes movingly about the terror, depression and suicidal ruminations that dominated her existence in the months after Smith’s death…it’s impossible to be unmoved by Oates’ “Story,” by the degree to which she sees her husband everywhere she looks, as she finds beauty in the elusive notion of renewal.” (Kansas City Star)

“This is a brave, haunting, heart-rending book, and it will never let you go.” (Providence Journal)

“Affecting…perfectly pitched prose…” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Joyce Carol Oates writes like a force of nature, and a story emerges, as if organically, from the physicality of her grief. There are few secrets and no lies, only insights into the inner world of her partner of 50 years.” (Financial Times)

“Widowhood for Oates is a rough, disfiguring condition, one that mocks past happiness. Words are her salvation. “A Widow’s Story” is a brave book that carries its author through the contortions of doubt and despair, on a pilgrimage back to life.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“Packed with moments of…frankness…” (Seattle Weekly)

“An affecting portrait of anguish.” (The Economist)

“Astonishing…revelatory…[A Widow’s Story] is remarkable…for how candidly Oates explores the writer’s secret life: the private world of her marriage, which…she asserts is far truer and more real, and of far greater importance, than any of her imaginary creations.” (Book Forum)

“Oates excellently conveys the disconnect between the inwardly chaotic self and the outwardly functioning person…” (New York Review of Books)

“[Oates] shines a bright light in every corner in her soul-searing memoir of widowhood.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A wildly unhinged, deeply intimate look at the eminent author’s “derangement of Widowhood.”...Oates writes with gut-wrenching honesty and spares no one in ripping the illusions off the face of death...Oates continues to keep her readers guessing at her next thrilling effort.” (Kirkus)

“As a writer, heightened emotion is the essential ingredient in [Oates’] work…As A Widow’s Story progresses, it becomes [Raymond Smith’s] story--both an homage to a decent, intensely private man, and Oates’ way of keeping him in memory as she probes his most closely guarded self.” (Seattle Times)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow’s Story is the universally acclaimed author’s poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. A recent recipient of National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Oates, whose novels (Blonde, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven, etc.) rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. A Widow’s Story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1091 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 435 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (15 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004G606OO
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Ce qui aurait pu être l'étalage de la misère morale de l'auteur, confrontée à un veuvage brutal, devient une étude remarquable de son propre comportement et de la façon - très personnelle, mais étonnamment aboutie -, dont elle fait front et gère ce moment effroyable de sa vie. Aucun apitoiement superflu, aucune complaisance, une analyse fine et fouillée, susceptible d'inspirer celles et ceux auxquels pareille épreuve peut arriver. Une pépite à conserver précieusement
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Elle a écrit ce que j'aurai écrit si j'avais été écrivain. Mon mari est décédé le 9 Novembre 2012.
Les sentiments, émotions, malaises décrits par Joyce Carol Oats sont les miens.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An important work 15 juin 2014
Par G. P. Hawkins - Publié sur
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A Widow's Story is not a book for everyone. It is a fabulous book for the people who ought to read it. These are widows and widowers, and parents who have lost their beloved children, and the other people who really want to understand what a bereaved person goes through. So few books on the subject of grief talk plainly about what is felt, and what ideas and actions the bereaved person can or cannot do. Carol speaks plainly of her feelings of guilt, anger, loneliness, as well as thoughts of suicide or simply fading away from life. She tells of the tension caused by simple, well-meaning phrases such as "how are you doing?" Although her circumstances are not average (her friends and acquaintances include many notable people, and her financial well-being is relatively assured) her feelings and thoughts are those of all of us who have suffered losses. She tells of the grief of dealing with cumbersome and absurd procedures for taking title to property including her home and car; and these difficulties seem to face many of us. The fear of answering the phone and hearing a request to speak to the deceased; the fear of finding out things you never knew about your loved one; the pain of disposing of their everyday items; the grief caused by well-meant but clumsy gifts (more huge floral arrangements, Harry and David gift baskets). I think that for the people who need this book, it is a must-read. Thanks Carol, for sharing this sincere and heartfelt story.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Horribly self-pitying and vile 5 mars 2015
Par Katherine Berry - Publié sur
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I read this book the week following my own husband's death. Knowing it's a memoir, I wasn't looking for a self-help book but, rather, for insight into another woman's feelings in the long days and longer nights following the loss of her spouse. What I found, instead, was a screed written by a weak, petty, odious woman who never once discloses that she remarried just 13 months after her husband's death, which she portrayed as so devastating that it sent her spiraling close to substance abuse and mental illness. At the point she angrily rants about the gifts of fruit baskets and food sent by well-meaning friends and acquaintances -- gifts she found so offensive that she somehow overcame her torpor and out to buy additional garbage cans so she could throw them away. Yes: she chucked them in the trash, rather than giving them away or donating to a shelter or food pantry. Perhaps this was cathartic for her, but I found it indicative of a self-involved, selfish, and shallow woman.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very personal story of one woman's grief experience. 20 mars 2015
Par Janet B. Zehr - Publié sur
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This story is quite heart-wrenching. I couldn't help comparing her experience to mine when my husband died 22 years ago. Ms. Oates' husband died quite unexpectedly, while my husband suffered from pancreatic cancer for almost a year. She had no time to prepare for his death, while I was grieving during his illness for months. I also felt that her grief was harder than mine because she had no children or close family. I was greatly comforted by my son and two daughters and my beautiful grandchildren after my husband's death, whereas she felt herself totally alone except for some sympathetic friends.
I was not surprised to learn that she remarried the year after her husband's death. I also remarried less than two years after my husband's passing. She must have felt that she absolutely needed the closeness to another as only a marriage can provide. I wish her well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deep insight into women suddenly alone 5 juin 2014
Par Cynthia Gehrie - Publié sur
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As a divorced woman, I was grateful for this book. Oates delves into the pain and confusion of a shattered identity. She articulates and provides language for the massive change in standpoint and relationship that comes with losing a partner after being in partnership.
My grandmother's childhood group of friends, friends through life, crossed into widowhood. They supported one another naturally. I remember her commenting when one of the last members to become a widow faced this transition. She said, "She was going to one of them that mourned." Instead, they all drove to Mt. Rushmore - in their late 80's. Like most women, Oates had friends of the couple, not her own deep cohort. It was the other widows that seemed to offer the most consolation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Touching and poignant memoir of a Widow's experience 23 novembre 2015
Par M. Montour - Publié sur
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I have become quite a fan of JCO, so I was happy to read this book, knowing it would be a departure from her usual fare. I was widowed over thirteen years ago, so much of what she wrote about how she felt in those early months following the loss of her beloved life partner Ray really resonated with me, and awoke some memories that I had forgotten. She is so adept at capturing the essence of feeling states. I was right there with her during her insomnia and depression. I would recommend this read, but be aware that it's a factual memoir rather than a fictional tale.
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