Joyce Carol Oates Message Board

Joan Feldman posts on 8/10/2011 10:16:10 AM "What I Lived For" is a modern day Anna Karinina. We begin with Corky witnessing a death (his father) just as Anna sees a person killed by a train, and end with Corky and Anna meeting their own death in the same way. The snow falling as Corky's father is killed is echoed in the snow white shirt worn by Thalia as she fires the gun which kills Corky. Both characters desperately pursue life forces; both fall deeper and deeper into disgrace, ruin and finally death, almost as if their quest becomes a quest for death, because their appetite for life is somehow forbidden.
Imane Naji Amrani posts on 10/1/2009 1:20:18 AM Carole Joyce is still my favorite writer so far; my favorite Novels I read are Black Water and What I lived for and American Appetites. Her style is easy to read and she writes in blocks, each chapter could be about a different subject or theme, I enjoy reading her novels. I wish I could meet her one day :) I would definitely suggest Black water to any one as a start, once you read it you ll fall in love with her style, a well-crafted style that you will not forget! Imane
sahd posts on 1/7/2007 5:04:27 PM The reviewer of Joyce Carol Oates' book, Black Girl White Girl is obviously over her head when it comes to understanding the subject matter of this book...JCO is fearless and needs to cow down to no one can touch her...the review itself sounds like something a fifth grader might right...perhaps she should stick to readings on that level.

imane naji amrani posts on 8/3/2005 11:42:56 AM Each time I read a novel by Oates i just grow more and more facinated by this miracle of literature imane
jesssiker posts on 6/7/2005 8:12:14 PM can someone please help me with the ending of this book, i have to do presentation next week about it.. and im not done with the book yet! it would be really helpful -slow reader
Yozer posts on 4/14/2005 6:53:15 PM This book pwnz teh bizdale. Blaze you know nuttin of dat puddin, yo. Great book, very nice description, complex and empathetic plot, some good jokes, and um...well... naughty bits too. Wiolence car chases, you have to admit, this book has got it all!

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