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Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.

Joyce Carol Oates

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2 reviews

Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9780008381073

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

4 stars out of 5
Claire Allfree
18 Jun 2020

"(an) untidy, ultimately redemptive novel"

It’s extremely bold of Oates to examine in this untidy, ultimately redemptive novel the impact of America’s corrupt police forces on a white family rather than a black one. Yet, at the same time, it’s her white characters’ entitled, reflexive racism that provides the novel’s most savage indictment of America’s culture wars.

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3 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
13 Jun 2020

"It holds the attention, rings true, and gives pleasure"

This book is absorbing, but it is also very long. Joyce Carol Oates has a wide vocabulary but the word “economy” doesn’t feature in it. Scenes are prolonged for paragraphs after their point has been made. Though she writes mostly in short sentences, they pile up one after the other, and it will be a very patient and dutiful reader who doesn’t yield to the temptation of skipping or just letting the eye flick over a page or two.