The first novel from New York Times-bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a thrilling, dark tale of family, revenge, and two souls intertwined by love and violence—now back in print for fans of America’s most prolific storyteller.Written when Joyce Carol Oates was in her early twenties, and first published in 1964, With Shuddering Fall is her powerful debut novel, the firsThe first novel from New York Times-bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a thrilling, dark tale of family, revenge, and two souls intertwined by love and violence—now back in print for fans of America’s most prolific storyteller.Written when Joyce Carol Oates was in her early twenties, and first published in 1964, With Shuddering Fall is her powerful debut novel, the first of five new Oates reprints from Ecco.Following the turbulent story of two lovers who discover themselves mortal enemies, the author explores the struggle for dominance in erotic relationships that has become a predominant theme in her work, as well as the perils of patriarchal inheritance, and the ripple-effects of emotional loss in adolescence. The result is an unsentimental yet sympathetic rendering of a disastrous love affair in which hatred is nearly as powerful as love, and a yearning for destruction is an abiding and insatiable passion.Discover what prompted the New York Times to compare this young writer’s debut to Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery.” Readers looking for a place to start in Joyce Carol Oates’s vast catalogue will be intrigued by the sheer narrative force of the young author, and her willingness to anatomize the darkest recesses of humanity in a search for redemption and resolution....
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With Shuddering Fall Reviews
This book delivered much more than I expected. Oates' first novel. My mind still trails back to scenes and characters that I read months ago. Oates' is not necessarily an easy read. She gets into the real messiness of life, of the heart. I've read The Sacrifice and Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense, more recent works by Oates, first. I decided to read all her works in chronological order. She is so prolific, I've decided on reading her novels and collections of short stories first.I find Oates' clear eyed vision offers a most interesting study of human society and psychology. The world she studies and reports on is one we recognize. We recognize it in the pit of our stomach.
With Shuddering Fall is out of print, and it must be hard to get. No Amazon reviews, no Library Thing reviews, and none on Goodreads to speak of. Almost makes me sorry I don't have more to say about it.It's Oates' first novel, and I think it shows. That said, it's got the twisted domesticity and gothic suspense that she masters later. It's a brilliant start.It's just all tied up in auto racing. It's an odd combo --one that loses me in the middle. I get the race car as a symbol of violence, danger, etc. It's just a milieu I can't quite wrap my head around.
The first third of this book was fabulous, and then I genuinely could not follow the plot or understand anything happening with the characters. Karen was SO weird, and not in a regular Joyce Carol Oates way. I'm still glad that I read this book, though.
This was the first book published by Joyce Carol Oates when she was 26 years old and am I ever glad to be finished with it. The psychologically tortured characters were odd and strange and much of the reasoning for their weird behavior was not fully explained. I got stuck in the middle and had to speed read my way through the muck and mire. Very dark crazy stuff. The writing was not the polished prose of her more recent books although this definitely foreshadowed her writing to come . . . much of the dark mood and subject matter is what you could call ‘Oatesian’.According to biographer Greg Johnson in the book “Invisible Writer”, the female protagonist in this story is autobiographical to which I say 'wow'. Which assertion points out to me the immense impact that the neighboring country people in upstate New York had on a young impressionable Joyce in her growing up years. These violent and volatile country people turn up quite a bit in her fiction. They were a crude and rough farmer sort who contrasted sharply with her own loving parents. It is a FACT that Oates writes from personal experience and what she observes from life happening around her. Joyce has even said that everything in “With Shuddering Fall” is “very strictly parallel” to the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac. She called it “a religious work.” That was one reason that I was enticed into reading this book in the first place but I did not see that parallel at all. Someone is going to have to further explain that one to me.
I enjoyed With Shuddering Fall. It was well-written and polished for a debut novel by someone as young as JCO was at the time. With Shuddering Fall includes brief little glimpses into the great writer JCO would become one day. As debut novels go, With Shuddering Fall does have its weaknesses. The novel goes a bit mad at times. The behaviour and actions of the characters is unbelievable and downright bizarre at times. I found Karen and Shaz’s relationship disturbing at points. Karen is still in school so there’s a hint that she is likely underage. At times it appears Shaz is quite violent towards her. Shaz’s mentor Max gave me the creeps. With Shuddering Fall does a good job of capturing the intensity of first love. The ending is over the top. With Shuddering Fall is an enjoyable if a little off the chart debut.
I finished this at a coffee shop and I seriously wanted to turn to the unsuspecting girl next to me and ask "what the hell did I just read?" This book is crazy. It centers around a love affair between a backwoods hill person and a race car driving potential murderer. There are race riots, a freak show, a trip to a mental institution and so much more. I flew through the first third of this, but it actually lost my interest as Karen got crazier and crazier in the brains. I can't believe this was Joyce's first novel...I can't wait to read the next 34.
For Joyceans around the world, this is the novel that started it all, and I think she showed promise even then in her early 20s. Karen is 17 and obssessively in love/lust with Shar, a race car driver. His anger on the track soon tells in his relationship with Karen. Will he destroy her, or vice versa? The answer will surprise you!