BOOK REVIEW: THE WHEEL OF LOVE AND OTHER STORIES BY JOYCE CAROL OATES

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THE WHEEL OF LOVE AND OTHER STORIES BY JOYCE CAROL OATES

VANGUARD PRESS (HARDBACK), 1970

440 PAGES 

WWW.USFCA.EDU/JCO 

BLURB FROM THE COVER

THE WHEEL OF LOVE is Joyce Carol Oates’s newest collection of short stories, all of which concern the nature of love: love in its differing forms and visions; in its differing participants and their differing approaches. Almost all of the stories are prize winners, here brought together for the first time in book form. 

EXTRACT

Sister Irene was a tall, deft woman in her early thirties. What one could see of her face made a striking impression – serious, hard grey eyes, a long, slender nose, a face waxen with thought. Seen at the right time, from the right angle, she was almost handsome. In her past teaching positions she had drawn a little upon the fact of her being so young and brilliant and also a nun, but she was beginning to grow out of that.

IN THE REGION OF ICE

REVIEW 

This is my first time reading The Wheel of Love and Other Stories. I’m working my way through JCO’s back catalogue. There’s a lot I haven’t read.

I loved The Wheel of Love and Other Stories. This is one of JCO’s strongest collections of stories and the best I’ve read in ages. Every story shines. In most story collection you’ll find one or two duds that just aren’t up to the standard as the others.  This wasn’t the case with The Wheel of Love and Other Stories. Every stone was excellent. JCO uses a variety of structures such as letters and different tenses and viewpoints. The collection is worth reading for the story, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? alone. This is one of her earliest stories and quite simply stunning. I’ve read it several times and it still chills me to the core. It’s what’s not said that unsettles me. You know the girl is going to be tortured, raped, brutally killed and her body dumped somewhere but this is never stated in black and white. There are several stories published in other collections but I enjoyed reading them again. The Wheel of Love and Other Stories is a fantastic collection of stories. I loved every page.

RATING

5 STAR RATING

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