The Accursed

The Accursed

Large Print - 2013
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In 20th century Princeton, New Jersey, a powerful curse, which besets the wealthiest of families, causes the disappearance of a young bride, and when her brother sets out to find her, he crosses paths with the town's most formidable people, including Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Upton Sinclair, Jack London and Mark Twain.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2013
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780062233011
0062233017
Characteristics: xiv, 1036 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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SFPL_danielay Aug 29, 2017

A long and rather odd book by Joyce Carol Oates. It is an odd mix of historic fiction and gothic horror set in early 20th century Princeton. Cars have replaced some of the horse-drawn carriages and a young Upton Sinclair is advocating for Socialism but at the same time there are ghosts, the devil and a curse that befalls the rich and powerful families of the town. I can't say it really gripped me but I still had to find out what happened at the end.

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SFPLcatalogerBee
Nov 12, 2014

Lots to think about with this book.

rebalski Jul 16, 2014

I would agree with others that this was a slow moving book. However, for some reason I really enjoyed reading this. I just really enjoyed how you felt a part of the times-- where people believed things to be unspeakable and you were speculating about gossip. I liked it -- but don't expect a lot of action, I guess.

wordbaker Jul 07, 2014

awfully long to make the point: evil lurks all around. the faint of heart should pass on this one.

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SophieMontague
Apr 12, 2014

I felt accursed slogging thru to the end. I don't know why i have this perverse need to finish what i start.
This book needed some juicy details to make it interesting. Vivid descriptions of exactly what is going on would be nice.

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sharon711
Jul 22, 2013

Stuck with it for about a third of the way through. When I could find no point to it all, except perhaps to present famous American politicians in a most unfavorable light (which may or may not have been historically correct), I gave up. Since all the main action was "unspeakable," I guess Oates just had nothing to write about?

Dillondog_1 Jul 08, 2013

another greatone frormOates. I was sad when it ended -- felt like I'd lost friends.

JCLHunterSt May 21, 2013

I believe Joyce Carol Oates is a fabulous writer. There are parts of The Accursed where her talents shine through. Unfortunately, the book just never came together for me. I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't. I found it boring and tedious and the book just couldn't keep my interest for long. It took me ages to finish it (and now I wonder why I bothered) because I kept putting it down and then picking it back up hoping it would get better. It never did.

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