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"The most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl)

"Novelists such as John Updike, Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer slug it out for the title of the Great American Novelist. But maybe they’re wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the Great American Novelist is a woman." (The Herald)

"Oates is an inspired writer, and a formidable psychologist. She has a thrilling way of grasping an emotion, wasting no time and launching herself straight at the aching heart of the matter." (Independent

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The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy, providing a look at the darker side of our society.

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. is a gripping examination of contemporary America through the prism of a family tragedy: when a powerful parent dies, each of his adult children reacts in startling and unexpected ways and his grieving widow in the most surprising way of all.

Stark and penetrating, Joyce Carol Oates’ latest novel is a vivid exploration of race, psychological trauma, class warfare, grief and eventual healing, as well as an intimate family novel in the tradition of the author’s best-selling We Were the Mulvaneys.

©2020 Joyce Carol Oates (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Dog in a Flat Cap
  • 2020/06/15

Vivisection subplot rendered it unlistenable:(

Well, I got a few hours into this audiobook which is very well narrated and seems to be a good story. However, a vivisection subplot seemed to be developing and I couldn’t listen to any more. I don’t know if the vivisection theme runs throughout, and maybe there’s only a chapter of it. but the description of laboratory animal torture was too much for me. I am against vivisection and support anti-vivisection charities, so am not trying to pretend it isn’t happening - I just can’t listen to descriptions of it. So I’m out of this particular listen as I can’t bear such horror sneaking up on my unprepared ears, and which keeps me awake at night, and I can’t do anything to stop it.

Other listeners are advised that the book otherwise seems to be a good one, so don’t be put off. I may try revisiting it at some point.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • J G Lucas
  • 2020/09/04

Enjoyable .

A good story well told and extraordinarily relevant to events in USA now. But it peters out with rather a weak ending . The narrator was first class .

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  • finnea
  • 2020/07/17

Great American Novel - grotesque American family

An exceptional epic of American life -- deeply resonant with the times. I noted a reader comment elsewhere, questioning the appropriateness (in the context of BLM) of a plot in which a wealthy white man and former Mayor falls victim to police brutality, attempting to thwart a racist attack on another. But make no mistake, this is no tale of white heroism or a simple appropriation of the violence done to people of colour. The reader is initially placed in the (slightly uncomfortable) position of wanting to see the perpetrators of violence brought to justice--but the way in which white privilege affords certain avenues to 'justice' (even when futile) is increasingly disturbing.

"Whitey", as the slain mayor is aptly called, is the symbol of a certain American way of life --a civic-minded, well respected, WASP, family man with a business. As the novel develops, it exposes a family desperately trying to keep in tact their idealised version of "Whitey". There are exquisite descriptions of grief, anger and anxiety -- but also, more distinctively, of a shared desperation enacted with the oblivious viciousness of entitlement. Whitey is not just the beloved patriarch but a cipher for a class and race privilege that is sustained by racism, snobbery, greed and self delusion. All of this surfaces as the most grotesque characters unravel.

The pleasure in this exceptional writing and brilliant reading is mitigated just a tiny bit by the fact that the characters are so unlikable. Either they are self-serving, racist, deceitful manipulators or they are slightly pathetic enablers. Anyway, Joyce Carol Oates is unrelenting in her dissection of a family that in clever ways embodies the predicament of America itself.