[Reading] ➷ Middle Age: A Romance ➭ Joyce Carol Oates – Agedanna.info

Middle Age: A Romance In Salthill On Hudson, A Half Hour Train Ride From Manhattan, Everyone Is Rich, Beautiful, And Though They Look Much Younger Middle Aged But When Adam Berendt, A Charismatic, Mysterious Sculptor, Dies Suddenly In A Brash Act Of Heroism, Shock Waves Rock The Town But Who Was Adam Berendt Was He In Fact A Hero, Or Someone Flawed And Human

10 thoughts on “Middle Age: A Romance

  1. says:

    Like many of Joyce Carol Oates lesser books, this was so much stronger than the average book out there the writing is so supple and precise, and the characterizations are so apt you laugh out loud She is the current heavyweight champion of the American social novel, our Balzac This is a lightweight compared with books like Blonde or We Were the Mulvaneys, an entertainment as Graham Greene used to say of his ravishing but lesser b

  2. says:

    I think I need to take a break from reading JCO I love her books, but the last two I ve read were definitely not my favorites.The beginning of this book leads you to believe that it s going to be a mystery, of sorts We were at least going to find out why the person who died, Adam, was not exactly who he said he was Ok, so maybe we did find that out eventually, but I was surprised that that ended up being a very small part of the story Instead, it goe

  3. says:

    Adam Berendt dominates this story from Page 1, even though he is involved in a fatal accident An enigmatic man, who avoided any questions about his past or his personal life, he was a sculptor and philosopher, physically unappealing but every man s friend and the lover every woman coveted The impact of this character on everyone else in the book is explored in Joyce Carol Oates signature way courageously, with unstinting honesty, and in many instances, unco

  4. says:

    On these pages, someone mentioned Anne Tyler and Joyce Carol Oates in the same breath I m a big fan of Ms Tyler and I ve read all her books, some than once But I d never read than a short story from Ms Oates So with this reading I repaired that error.Comparisons are irresistible Unlike Ms Tyler, Ms Oates does not love her characters unconditionally The narrator s attitude seems to be one of newspaper journalist cynic All of her characters are fools Rich, spoiled

  5. says:

    This is the second book I ve read by Joyce Carol Oates and I think despite the fact that she is Alison s favorite author it will be the last I find all her characters to be too whiny and unsympathetic I think This book had a lot of characters and I struggled to like a single one of them Plus I wonder, at least based on this book, about Oates s view of women All of them were middle aged unself fulfilled women chasing after men who didn t care about them or allowing themse

  6. says:

    If you like Desperate Housewives you will probably like this book.Adam has just died in a heroic boating accident, leaving behind a tight knit community of well to do NYC suburbanites who are as confused about his death as they are about how they should continue on with their own lives One woman decides to run away to the Pennsylvania mountains for a year Another just runs away Various men become involved with far younger women, and one of these men s abandoned wives tur

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    The first time I read this book, I was in my early thirties, and I probably would ve scored it lower then if I d had a Goodreads account Now as a middle aged woman, this book speaks powerfully to me, which I think is kind of the point The blurb for this book makes it all about Adam Berendt, but the book really isn t about Adam Adam is merely the event, the shock to the characters comfortable and settled lives that is the impetus for the changes they go through And every character is c

  8. says:

    This lengthy, literary soap opera follows an ensemble of affluent characters whose lives are deeply effected when Adam Berendt, a mysterious sculptor they are all acquainted with, suddenly dies Mid life crises unspool, opening a depressing window on what lies ahead for those who have yet to acknowledge they re old Most of the wealthy Salthill characters are so self centered, it s hard to care about them Sure, they all have their romances, but they re passionless and disconnected As a result,

  9. says:

    I am tormented on whether I like this author or I don t Her book We are the Mulvaneys was an Oprah preferred book I didn t read that book and am deciding whether I want to or not, I found the story going in all directions and it was hard for me to concentrate on what was going on I guess I need some input on other readers review of any of her books.

  10. says:

    Nowhere near her masterpiece level Blonde, The Falls , but pretty good, and I give her major props for the meaty section about the racist prison injustice system and the death penalty, and the privileged fancy lawyer learning a little something about the real world from his work on a death row case Much class consciousness and social commentary throughout, as always, which makes reading about a bunch of highly overprivileged people palatable Unusually, there s a confluence of happy endings except for one

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