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Black Water (Contemporary Fiction, Plume) (1993. Auflage)

von Joyce Carol Oates

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Flattered by the attentions of a senator she has met at a Fourth of July beach party on Grayling Island, Kelly Kelleher accepts a ride from him, taking a first step toward her final confrontation with death.
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Titel:Black Water (Contemporary Fiction, Plume)
Autoren:Joyce Carol Oates
Info:Plume (1993), Paperback, 160 pages
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Oates tillhör verkligen de största författarna. Jag blir aldrig besviken även om kvalitén så klart varierar. Här en stark kortroman om kärlek, känslor, utnyttjande, makt och svek. Hade gärna sett händelserna utifrån bådas perspektiv. Starkt! ( )
  Mats_Sigfridsson | Jul 20, 2021 |
I feel like I should like Joyce Carol Oates. She's one of the contemporary greats on quite a few lists and what's more, she's a New Jersey (my home state) literary icon.

But I've encountered her work over the years in short stories and essays and I never enjoyed the experience. I will say she's brilliant, but her style just doesn't sit right with me. It's...brilliant but cold. It just doesn't hold emotion. And Black Water, what apparently is my first novel from Oats holds true to my feelings on shorter works from her.

I thought it was OK...but repetition throughout seemed too heavy handed and annoying after a bit. I'm open to giving one last try with her works though. ( )
  Sean191 | May 22, 2021 |
Joyce Carol Oates' novella "Black Water" is her take on Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddck scandal -- where he managed to save himself, but not the young woman who was a passenger in his car when he drunkenly drove his car into the water.

Here, the young woman is Kelly Kelleher, whose flashbacks contrast her idealism and naivety with her horrific drowning -- all the while hoping her Senator is trying to save her.

The story is certainly familiar, but told in an interesting way. ( )
  amerynth | Sep 29, 2020 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/8257757

Clearly based on Ted Kennedy's infamous accident with Mary Jo Kopechne (Chappaquiddick incident), this story is told from the point of view of a young woman who is in the car with The Senator when he drives into a river.

She is in the water immediately. She is wondering if she will die there. But then we back up. and back up again, and again, and eventually we can fill in the blanks. You'd think there is no suspense but you'd be wrong.

A short, strong book. I agree with the critics who say Oates can do anything. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Once, I read somewhere that Oates is fascinated with the moments before tragic death, that terrifying and confusing passage of time where seconds seem like hours, when a person realizes death is eminent but still holds dearly to the hope of a miraculous rescue. In searching for a vehicle to explore these emotions and adequately chronicle them in proper context, she stumbled upon the Chappaquiddick incident and realized, in an epiphany of sorts, that this would be the perfect forum in which to expand upon this chilling human drama.

Taking the Chappaquiddick incident and propelling it forward into the late 1980s, Oates attempts to insert a certain modernity and novelistic flair into the already well-known plot; an overly entitled U.S. Senator (whose fictitious description throughout this storyline and name as it becomes revealed at the end does little to dissuade the reader from envisioning a young Ted Kennedy) meets a rather meek but nevertheless budding and strongly political young woman (who I also fear Oates has described distinctly as a latter day Mary Jo Kopechne) at an exclusive, leftward leaning summer party on an upper class, Cape Cod-like Maine island, in which “The Senator” charms the young lady into leaving with him, after, of course, imbibing many a party spirit. Driving recklessly and drunkenly to reach a ferry that will take them to a hastily made reservation at a hotel on a “main island,” the Senator misjudges a sharp curve on an isolated road and smashes through a guardrail and into a marshland tributary where then the thrust of the novella begins.

Seen, from this point, almost entirely from the perspective of Kelly Kelleher, the young seduced woman, we’re then witness to her panicked, racing survival anticipations; over and over and page after page we’re drawn into her innermost dying perceptions, her hallucinations and her struggles for a precious air pocket within the slowly filling car, all the while being trapped by the carnage of the crushed vehicle against her fragile body. Although at times overly drawn out, these timorous periods are nevertheless truly captivating; the fear, anxiety and loss of hope are palpable throughout this discourse and keeps the reader locked into wondering what’s really happening and what’s actually just an illusion in Kelly’s mind.

I would only say that there is a certain repetitiveness in Kelly’s plight and an episodic nature to much of the novella… even with it being only one hundred and a half pages, this could have been cut to a feature magazine piece, in my opinion. Nevertheless, Black Water succeeds regardless of these quibbles and remains an intense, somewhat intellectual and brilliantly paced novella that I would recommend to all. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
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The rented Toyota, driven with such impatient exuberance by The Senator, was speeding along the unpaved unnamed road, taking the turns in giddy, skidding slides, and then, with no warning, somehow the car had gone off the road and had overturned in black rushing water, listing to its passenger's side, rapidly sinking.
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