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The Tattooed Girl av Joyce Carol Oates
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The Tattooed Girl (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2004)

av Joyce Carol Oates (Författare)

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Joshua Seigi is a celebrated but reclusive author. Young but in failing health, he reluctantly admits that he can no longer live alone and launches a search for an assistant. He is dissatisfied with everyone he meets until he encounters Alma. A young woman with synthetic-looking blond hair and pale, tattooed skin, she stirs something inside him. Unaware of her torturous past and the hatred that seethes within her, he has no idea that he is bringing an enemy into his home: a virulent anti-Semite who despises him. With her unique, masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges accepted limits of desire.… (mer)
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Titel:The Tattooed Girl
Författare:Joyce Carol Oates (Författare)
Info:HarperPerennial (2004), Edition: New Ed, 336 pages
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Not my kind of story because of the characters. The writing was elegant, visual, and detailed. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Sep 19, 2019 |
Years ago, I fell into Oates. It started with a short story that I really loved, “Shopping”. From there, I jumped into one novel, then another and another. It seemed like I was going to read a lot of Oates in my lifetime. But I could tell her writing was a bit hit or miss, a consequence likely from her prolificacy.

So I told myself years ago that the next Oates I would read would be the collection that contained the story that got me into Oates's writing originally. I had a copy of Heat on my shelf and, despite the best intentions, it remained unread. Year after year it sat on my “to be read immediately” pile, never to be read. More than eight years have passed since I last read Oates. I was fed up with looking at Heat in my to-read pile, so I decided to do something about it: I read The Tattooed Girl. I don't know why, but at least it delivered me from my Oates drought.

So here's the thing about The Tattooed Girl: it has some problems right away. First and foremost, there are some cliches about that are probably best left alone at this point. We're talking renowned bachelor Jewish author who is a recluse kind of cliché. Sure, these people exist—I'm sure Oates herself knows quite a few of them—but reading about them is almost as painful as reading any novel about an author. (If there's ever an author in my own fiction, he or she will be an object of satire and nothing more, I swear.) But even with the overwrought author and the sexy, sexualized girl who shows up at his door to be an assistant, the book holds some promise. The dynamics are interesting enough. The characters show some potential for growth. And the mystery and tension build steadily.

But then Oates does what she does best: she moves onto the next novel. I mean, when Oates has a great story and takes the time to develop it, it is a magical thing. That said, I've read enough to know that the greatest care is not put into all of her novels. Look at how often she publishes and you get an idea of why this may be—she's just not taking ample time with some stories that deserve more. The result in The Tattooed Girl is that despite building some fabulous (albeit cliched) characters, Oates could care less about them. They don't really develop, certainly not naturally. It feels as though these are merely character sketches that are quickly thrown on the page with very little affection. Good ideas abound, but the self-indulgence of a good idea does not breathe life into a story. The Tattooed Girl is chock full of ideas, but it lacks the pulse to make it a thing of beauty. ( )
  chrisblocker | Jul 7, 2016 |
100 pages in and the book had failed to grab me. Part of the problem is that none of the characters are remotely likable. I ultimately finished it, and I'm still not sure why. It wasn't awful, just a struggle. Nowhere near the level of "We Were the Mulvaneys" or other Oates winners. ( )
  VashonJim | Sep 5, 2015 |
This is a difficult book to read because of the disturbing characters and topics in the story. The main character, Joshua Seigl, is the only character that you can have empathy for in the story. I suppose the story is cross between a tragedy and realistic horror. Regardless, the author is highly talented and tells an intersting story. Joyce does not shy away from the more humor issues such as bowel movements, menstrual bleeding, and sexual desires. She also has talent for describing the outlets of hateful thoughts, self doubt, and cruelty. ( )
  GlennBell | Jul 30, 2015 |
I find this book kind of hard to review. Of three Joyce Carol Oates books I've read, all have had characters which I disliked intensely. This book was no exception except for the fact that I did want to finish reading it to see what would happen. You might say I was engaged in the characters even though I would have preferred not to have been.

This is the story of a young woman, Alma Busch, who either had a tattoo (presumably) or had a severe blemish on one of her cheeks. She was hired by Joshua Siegl, a 38-year-old single successful writer, to be his assistant at home because of his increasing difficulty remaining safe and independent at home alone due to an unidentified, progressive neurological disease. Basically, Mr. Siegl "rescued" Alma from the devastating "employment" by her lover Demitri.

Demetri is a snake! While employed in a cafe, he coddles up to Mr. Siegl, but behind Mr. Siegl's back, he makes unending derogatory remarks about Jews. I know this is part of the character of this ignoramus, but page after page of reading this kind of talk left me feeling rather bleak and offended.

Mr. Siegl annnoyed me as well. He was the "oldest" 38-year-old I have ever read about. Despite his physical disability, he seemed to have the character of a very old man.

Alma herself was a simpleton. It wasn't just that she lacked intelligence, it was the way she reacted to situations that greatly distressed me.

Oates' writing always has a "dark" side. I know this. However, I could not find it in my heart to "like" this book. Maybe Oates' writing just means to do exactly this - push me into psychological places I'd rather not be.

The ending of this story was interesting as it was not what I had expected. However, I'd rather forego recommending this book and try to find another book by Joyce Carol Oates that I might like a bit better to suggest to others. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Mar 25, 2012 |
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Joshua Seigi is a celebrated but reclusive author. Young but in failing health, he reluctantly admits that he can no longer live alone and launches a search for an assistant. He is dissatisfied with everyone he meets until he encounters Alma. A young woman with synthetic-looking blond hair and pale, tattooed skin, she stirs something inside him. Unaware of her torturous past and the hatred that seethes within her, he has no idea that he is bringing an enemy into his home: a virulent anti-Semite who despises him. With her unique, masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges accepted limits of desire.

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