The Accursed - Joyce Carole Oates

Title: The Accursed
Author: Joyce Carole Oates
Pages: 688
Published: 2013
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Challenges: Historical Fiction
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description: This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power. New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel 'The Jungle', has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community - elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged. But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated - until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared. (via

Thoughts: I gave this book about 180 pages and just couldn't get into the book.  I know that some of you would ask why would you post a book you didn't finish.  Simple answer: I want to you to know why I quit reading the book.  I picked up the book because I had seen the cover on facebook feed that I subscribe to and thought it would be an interesting book to read and I really liked the cover.  Right off the bat I was confused and once I figured out who the narrator of the book was, I was already struggling with the book.  It felt disjointed and it never really made sense to me.  It owuld have made more sense for the story to be told a little more like a traditional novel rather than a series of fragmented stories that didn't really seem to be connected, even though it was basically a traditional novel.  As a result I was unable to finish the book.

Bottom line:  I have read many mixed reviews of the book that I really don't know who to recommend it to; it seems to be a book that makes the mark or misses it completely.

Rating:  0/5

Pages for 2013: 4307


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