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by Joyce Carol Oates

  • ISBN: 0449200124
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  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fawcett (June 12, 1982)
  • ePub book: 1773 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1111 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 270

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Praise for joyce carol oates and. Expensive people. You cannot put this novel away after you have opened it. This is that kind of book-hypnotic, fascinating, and electrifying.

Praise for joyce carol oates and. The question is no longer whether Miss Oates is a very good writer-she is, indeed-but just how far and high she can thrust the trajectory of brilliant accomplishment. Everything she touches turns to such blistering gold.

List of the published work of Joyce Carol Oates, American writer. A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967). Expensive People (1968). Do With Me What You Will (1973). The Assassins (1975). Son of the Morning (1978). Angel of Light (1981). A Bloodsmoor Romance (1982). Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984). Marya: A Life (1986). You Must Remember This (1987). American Appetites (1989).

About Expensive People. A National Book Award finalist, Expensive People is a stunning combination of social satire and gothic horror

About Expensive People. Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America’s affluent suburbs. A National Book Award finalist, Expensive People is a stunning combination of social satire and gothic horror. You cannot put this novel away after you have opened it, said The Detroit News. This is that kind of book–hypnotic, fascinating, and electrifying. Expensive People is the second novel in the Wonderland Quartet.

Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published 58 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal and the Jerusalem Prize (2019)

I got to know him through Gustave Hofstadter, who had become my best, indeed, my only, friend.

I got to know him through Gustave Hofstadter, who had become my best, indeed, my only, friend n in a terminal ward of a hospital

Joyce Carol Oates' Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of Americas affluent suburbs.

Joyce Carol Oates' Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by Richard Everett, a precocious and obese boy who sees himself as a minor character in the alarming drama unfolding around him.

In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the .

In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of Americas affluent suburbs. Joyce Carol Oatess Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans.

Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Joyce Carol Oates's Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America's affluent suburbs.

Expensive People Oates, Joyce Carol Random House (USA) 9780812976540 : Joyce Carol Oatess Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner.

Joyce Carol Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. Joyce Carol Oates includes elements of her own life and times in Expensive People

Joyce Carol Oates is the Roger S. The bestselling author of the novels We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, she has written numerous works of fiction as well as poetry, essays, criticism, and plays. Joyce Carol Oates includes elements of her own life and times in Expensive People. Written in the time before women were accorded accolades for anything but serving as arm candy for her man, the protagonist is male. He overweight and unloved, but society has deemed him to be of greater value than any girl.

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Usaxma Usaxma
For thirty years, I have tried and failed to get through a Joyce Carol Oates novel, the impetus of my good intentions consistently derailed by the avalanche of seemingly unedited self-indulgent inward mythos that might make interesting fodder for a therapy journal but which creates the fictional equivalent of Mr. Creosote from "The Meaning of Life"--an overstuffed behemoth whose eruption and eventual explosion requires self-protective measures from unhappy bystanders.

And then there's "Expensive People," Oates's third book, second in the "Wonderland Quartet," which is relevant to the description above only insofar as there is quite a lot of reverse peristalsis in the story, but don't worry...it serves a multitude of purposes. I can't even begin to fathom what people must have thought of this book in 1968; it's rather like "Network" in being decades ahead of its time, and in being a satire that really isn't a satire.

"Expensive People" opens with an irresistible hook--it's told in first-person narrative by a young man who says he is a child killer. No, not someone who kills children...someone who, as a child, committed murder. If you don't want to read on after that, you're lacking any natural human curiosity. To say much more about the book would be to rob you of the unbelievable discoveries awaiting you. Unfailingly inventive, ruthlessly intelligent, shockingly hilarious, uncomfortably insightful, this is a book that will slaughter every sacred cow you don't know you have roaming through your personal pastoral, shove it down your throat, and make you fall on your knees with gratitude for the violation.

Perhaps needless to say, next on my reading list is the rest of "The Wonderland Quartet."
Hbr Hbr
The term "expensive people" refers to those who value material possessions and status over love, over putting someone else's needs first, over decency and honesty.

Richard is the only child of a successful businessman and a mother who is somewhat successful as a writer who claims to be an exiled Russian royal although in reality she hails from the state of New York. The small family has moved to a Detroit suburb and bought a house suitable for the affluent. Joyce Carol Oates includes elements of her own life and times in Expensive People . Written in the time before women were accorded accolades for anything but serving as arm candy for her man, the protagonist is male. He overweight and unloved, but society has deemed him to be of greater value than any girl. How this must have rankled! Richard has only just reached the second decade of his life. He describes himself as a child murderer. Dark in value, the story carries us along on a stream of consciousness. It is a fine description of life in the time Richard lived near Detroit and committed murder. It is an absorbing read, a condemnation of expensive people and an indication of how the culture of our times shapes self-image.
Togor Togor
This is a story where time and place are as important as the characters. The time is 1960. The place is any American suburb. Adults are supremely confident, at least appearing so. Children are perfectly protected, at least appearing so.

Reality. Parents struggle to keep it together. Alcohol, affairs, rage. Children are possessions. Their awakening sets of problems ignored. These expensive people are a cracking facade.

This is Richard Everett’s story of damage. A restless mother, tenuous relationship with father, stress of a performing genius at his exclusive private boarding school, he quietly watches his school friends. Richard’s real problem is the missing information. He is disenfranchised from his own life.

In the end I was left wondering what was real and what was spewed out of an overwrought adolescent imagination. A first person narrative is a difficult read for me, this one from the point of view of a young male consists of flashbacks, memories and present day musings. Like other reviewers, it took me a while to get into the story, almost halfway through before I was committed to the book. Good and worthwhile.
Maximilianishe Maximilianishe
Joyce Carol Oates wrote this book, which was published in 1968, in the first person--as a 250-pound, 18-year-old highly disturbed boy/man-genius, who is holed up in a cheap rented room eating wads of horrible food as he writes a memoir about being a murderer at age 11. This is the second book in the "Wonderland" quartet in which Oates examines various pieces and parts of American society. "Expensive People" profiles one affluent (and highly troubled) 1960s family. In this case, Oates writes this novel as if it were nonfiction. And it's brilliant! It's violent and disturbed, too, but it's all part of the author's view of a slice of society--rich people who are self-involved and pay little attention to those around them, including their children. Joyce Carol Oates is not only prolific, but also exceedingly gifted. She finds stories where most of us dare not look. When you read her books, you don't dare cover your eyes.
Matty Matty
Joyce Carol Oates’ book 2 of the Wonderland Quartet is satirical and truly funny. Sheltered and shallow, the Suburban dwellers here are so conforming they are interchangeable, except for the young narrator, Richard, whose intense frustration with his surroundings in general and his parents in particular, lead him to experiment with shooting a rifle aimlessly throughout the neighborhood. His new role as “the sniper” creates a gossipy stir until he hits his target - a murder that he is unable to convince anyone he has committed. His voice is compelling, as he yearns for the love of his self-absorbed, self-invented mother who rarely notices his existence. Of the 20-plus novels of Oates that I’ve read, this, one of her earlier efforts, has humor that softens her trademark dark themes. An accessible, fun read!