1968

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

Insanity runs rampant through the American Midwest, whether due to boredom, loneliness, alcohol, or the violently cold weather. The characters within this collection move through their normal lives as their minds fall deeper into a barrage of words that rattle both them and the reader. The first four stories each show a different form of …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem review

Slouching Towards Bethlehem Review

Note: This blog typically focuses on fiction, but I find it important to also include certain canonical non-fiction works, especially if they either 1) have had an important influence on fiction, or 2) are by an author who also works in the realm of fiction. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is composed of 20 early essays by …

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Expensive People Review

Expensive People Review

Introduction “I was a child murderer”, is how Joyce Carol Oates opens her thematic sequel to A Garden of Earthly Delights. Expensive People is the second book of her Wonderland Quartet, released in 1968. The book is written as a fictional autobiography of the stated child murderer, as he (Richard Everett) describes what brought him …

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