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We Were the Mulvaneys (1996)

por Joyce Carol Oates

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A family of six disintegrates after a daughter is raped by a high-school student. It happens to the wealthy Mulvaneys in upstate New York. The disgrace--there is some question if it was rape--sends the father to drink and financial ruin, the girl leaves home, the others follow. By the author of What I Lived For.… (mais)
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    A Good House por Bonnie Burnard (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both books are set in small towns and cover the story of one family over many years. Oates's book is darker and more satirical; the characters in Burnard's book are more likeable and believable.
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    My Sunshine Away por M.O. Walsh (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These literary coming-of-age novels each hauntingly explore the repercussions of a rape on small communities. A large family falls apart in We Were the Mulvaneys, while My Sunshine Away portrays the residents of a single street.
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This is another favorite of mine. The characters are so real, and although flawed, genuinely good. The family relationships ring true. The plot is composed of a 1000 tiny moments that flow together seamlessly. Oats captures perfectly the tenor of daily life as an average family navigates life's highs and lows, making mistakes but also learning along the way. ( )
  LisaIrishWhalen | Mar 8, 2021 |
> Nous étions les Mulvaney, par Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates fustige l'Amérique puritaine où triomphe le paraître, et où les rumeurs mensongères sont plus fortes que la vérité.
Dans l'Amérique rurale des années 1970, les Mulvaney voient la vie en rose. Jusqu'à cette nuit de la Saint-Valentin où leur fille, Marianne, se fait violer par un copain passablement éméché, un drame qui va entraîner le naufrage de cette famille apparemment irréprochable : craignant le qu'en-dira-t-on, accablés par la honte et la culpabilité, les Mulvaney n'auront que leur lâcheté à offrir à leur fille désemparée... A travers eux, Joyce Carol Oates fustige l'Amérique puritaine où triomphe le paraître, et où les rumeurs mensongères sont plus fortes que la vérité. Un des romans les plus impitoyables de la grande dame des lettres américaines. --L'Express
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 10, 2021 |
It's a very slow, sometimes almost tedious read, but it's so remarkably detailed in how it builds up the characters. I think it sags for a while after about the midpoint, and for all that the characters are portrayed complexly, their actions aren't always all that believable to me. The book deals very much in appearances, and the story is told through the voice of a narrator who was young for much of the story's crisis and is retelling it at a distance, having in fact not been present for most of the specific events whose reality rings a bit false for me, so maybe Oates is doing something here with the reliability of the narrator, and these things that are registering for me as lapses in reality are intentional. In any case, it's a nice piece of writing, basically exactly the sort of stuff that Franzen tries to write (in fact, I feel like Freedom maybe owes a little something to this book), but so much better in Oates's hands. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This was a five-star book, the best of her books I'd read, until I got to the epilogue. Then, unfortunately, the grim but realistic tone the author had established and hewed to throughout disappeared. The pollyanna ending also undid the believability of certain major characters. ( )
  copyedit52 | Nov 3, 2020 |
I have now read a few of Joyce Carol Oates' novels. [b:Them|41899|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library)|Newt Scamander|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1303738520l/41899._SX50_.jpg|4195128] comes immediately to mind. Initially this novel, including the writing style, seems so very different from [b:Them|41899|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library)|Newt Scamander|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1303738520l/41899._SX50_.jpg|4195128]. JCO makes extensive use of foreshadowing, and I find myself hoping for a different outcome than what has been indicated. The characters that JCO creates are rich in detail and depth, although at times I struggle trying to understand them. In the case of Corinne and Mike Sr., I had difficulty reconciling who these characters were at the beginning of the novel and who they became as the novel progressed. It just did not seem very likely or logical. I could not draw a line from where they started to where they ended up. With that said, the characters did become real to me. I found myself wanting to shout at them, to do something to help them recognize the impact of their behavior and actions.

I am impressed with JCO's skill as a writer. She delivers a complex plot with richly drawn characters and events that frustrate the reader as much as they challenge the characters. I did not like how the story ended; I felt the ending was not honest to the story. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
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In her gracefully sprawling new novel, Joyce Carol Oates delivers a modern family tragedy with a theme as painfully primal as “Oedipus Rex.”
adicionada por prosperosbook | editarSalon, David Futrelle (Sep 27, 1996)
 
What keeps us coming back to Oates Country is something stronger and spookier: her uncanny gift of making the page a window, with something happening on the other side that we'd swear was life itself.
adicionada por prosperosbook | editarNew York Times, David Gates (Sep 15, 1996)
 
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I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

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We were the Mulvaneys, remember us?
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A family of six disintegrates after a daughter is raped by a high-school student. It happens to the wealthy Mulvaneys in upstate New York. The disgrace--there is some question if it was rape--sends the father to drink and financial ruin, the girl leaves home, the others follow. By the author of What I Lived For.

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