In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews #2020

In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews By Joyce Carol Oates In Rough Country Essays and Reviews In twenty nine provocative essays Joyce Carol Oates maps the rough country that is both the treacherous geographical and psychological terrain of the writers she so cogently analyzes Flannery O Conno
  • Title: In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
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  • Page: 124
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  • In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews By Joyce Carol Oates
    In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews By Joyce Carol Oates In twenty nine provocative essays, Joyce Carol Oates maps the rough country that is both the treacherous geographical and psychological terrain of the writers she so cogently analyzes Flannery O Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, E L Doctorow, and Margaret Atwood, among others and the emotional terrain of Oates s own life following the unexpected death of her husba In twenty nine provocative essays, Joyce Carol Oates maps the rough country that is both the treacherous geographical and psychological terrain of the writers she so cogently analyzes Flannery O Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, E L Doctorow, and Margaret Atwood, among others and the emotional terrain of Oates s own life following the unexpected death of her husband, Raymond Smith, after forty eight years of marriage As literature is a traditional solace to the bereft, so writing about literature can be a solace, as it was to me when the effort of writing fiction seemed beyond me, as if belonging to another lifetime, Oates writes Reading and taking notes, especially late at night when I can t sleep, has been the solace, for me, that saying the Rosary or reading The Book of Common Prayer might be for another The results of those meditations are the essays of In Rough Country balanced and illuminating investigations that demonstrate an artist working at the top of her form.
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    • Joyce Carol Oates

      Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls She is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978 Pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.

    763 thoughts on “In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews

    • I won a copy of this book through First Reads and I enjoyed Oates insights into authors and their works Her reviews are both unique and well thought out.I wasn t at all sure how I would like the book because I tried to read We Were the Mulvaneys years ago and gave up because it was so awful In essay form, at least, Oates is a good writer and I now have hope that I might like some of her fiction.She had me with her through most of In Rough Country That is, up until she praised poet Sharon Olds to [...]


    • 4.5 StarsI m a big fan of literary criticism and of book reviews, in general, so it should come as no surprise that I tore through this book with unremitting fervor Joyce Carol Oates has an amazingly eloquent style although, she is a little too fond of the word amalgamt a thesaurus, Joyce and I was practically giddy reading each page Through her essays I learned much about Oates as a writer and person Through her reviews I learned much about books and authors that I d already read and of course [...]


    • Joyce Carol Oates is a protean writer That is her writing demonstrates a diversity and fecundity of style that is exceptional although not unique in my experience Rather than devoting herself to one style or theme and honing that over many stories and novels, she has explored myriad ways to tell stories over a career that has produced than three dozen novels not counting those she has written under a pseudonym I remember being mesmerized by the beauty of Wonderland however not nearly as impress [...]


    • Parts of the book of criticism is slow, especially that which describes books I haven t yet read I do hope to read some that Oates discusses, but not all She covers many books, novels and poetry She did raise some questions for me 1 Is the great American novel supposed to alter the consciousness of the times 2 Does place have the power to infiltrate the soul 3 If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm it I know that is poetry If I feel physically that the top of my hea [...]


    • I read this book a few months back and reviewed it but that review has somehow disappeared As I no longer have the book but have given it away I will try to recall its merits I was drawn to the book by its title and its mention of many authors who are favorites of mine However, in reading the book I found I had little in common with the author and her reviews of the other writer s works It seemed as if we had read totally different books by the same name Oates likes to draw on the dark side of t [...]


    • Finally Finished This One I ve never read anything by Joyce Carol Oates before, so I wasn t sure what to expect, but was excited when I found out I won this one on I like her writing style on the whole, but as this book is a collection of essays and reviews, the writing was dense Almost interminably so I also don t think it helped that I hadn t read many of the works that she was writing about Some of her insights were incredibly insightful and beautifully written I found myself nodding my head [...]


    • Just won this from first reads my first book by Joyce Carol Oates can t wait to read it Being my first book I read by Joyce Carol Oates I was so sad to hear of the sudden death of her husband in 2008 after 48 yrs of marriage It was through her bereivement she took to her writing Essays and Reviews, there where far to many for me to mention and keep this review short but here are a few I liked Emily Dickinson friends,a brief part about Martin Johnson Heade got my attention being a lover of his pa [...]


    • Even though, based on her commentary in this book, I don t think I have the same taste in literature as Joyce Carol Oates I am definitely not a fan of Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, much of Phillip Roth, etc , I enjoyed reading many of the reviews and essays in this book, especially the last few that have to do with her early literary influences Lewis Carrol among them and her early years growing up in Lockport, New York.


    • I ve been slowly reading this bit by bit for the past few months Joyce Carol Oates is on my to read list but I ended up reading these essays before any of her fiction by a fluke, when I got carried away in the essays section of the library I really enjoyed reading In Rough Country, especially because reading it helped me generate new thoughts ideas of my own I d read many of the authors she critiques but can only hope to be as well read and smartly literary one day as Oates.


    • I like classical books, and had read most of the authors she talks about Her thoughts are almost too deep for me I get the feeling she learned to discuss things in a manner that would put off most normal people, a little superior tone I am not sure she s as smart as she would like you to think I did enjoy her writing, except I don t concede that she knows whether there is a God or not.


    • A collection of reviews and essays by the renowned Oates Outstanding among these are the two assessments of the western writers Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx Another hit is the overview of Margaret Drabble s work as well as Alice Munro s In all a rewarding read for anyone interested in contemporary writers though Oates also covers Poe and others.


    • While I love Joyce Carol Oates fictions, there is nothing like her prose These pieces are a reader s dream, reminding me why I always wanted to read Jean Stafford, or of Shirley Jackson than just The Lottery Also wonderful were appraisals of writers I ve read such as Margaret Atwood This is an important volume for anyone interested in literature about difficult subject matter.


    • I had trouble with this one and skipped most of the book reviews Her writing and vocabulary make me feel less than intelligent and I haven t read any of the books so I had nothing to base her reviews on I did like the Preface and In the Absence of Mentors Monsters and Revisiting Lockport, New York very much.


    • I recieved this book for free from first reads I m not too interested by classic literature and this book simply talks about classic literature and authors I had a hard time getting through this book and would only recommend reading it if you re interested in knowing about what this author thinks of an author or piece of literature


    • Abslutely stunning This collection was so visceral that I was repelled by some writers mentioned and entranced by others Oates writing shimmers throughout I wanted it to go on forever She is so prolific that I will be reading her for years


    • In case you were curious it s not particularly interesting to read literary criticism about authors and books you haven t read Three stars because I won this in GoodReads giveaway contest, and because I generally like Joyce Carol Oates.


    • Only read the Cormac McCarthy essay, but it was well written and had some good discussion points Based on the other topics in the collection Flannery O Connor Philip Roth and the quality of the McCarthy entry, it seems like a solid book.



    • Obviously a very well written book, though I found myself enjoying the essays much than the reviews However, the reviews led me to books and authors that I might enjoy, so not bad at all really.




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