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by Joyce Carol Oates

I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. In "Fire," a troubled young wife discovers a rare, radiant happiness in an adulterous relationship. In "Curly Red," a girl makes a decision to reveal a family secret, and changes her life irrevocably. In "The Girl with the Blackened Eye," selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2001, a girl pushed to an even greater extreme of courage and desperation manages to survive her abduction by a serial killer. And in "Three Girls," two adventuresome NYU undergraduates seal their secret love by following, and protecting, Marilyn Monroe in disguise at Strand Used Books on a snowy evening in 1956.

These vividly rendered portraits of women, men, and children testify to Oates's compassion for the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit.

Download I Am No One You Know: Stories epub
ISBN: 0060592885
ISBN13: 978-0060592882
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (April 13, 2004)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1870 kb
FB2 size: 1209 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 710
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Arguably, this is the best collection of short stories ever published by Joyce Carol Oates. Her focus in this book is trauma, from the most personal and emotional to the most global, i.e. The World Trade Center Disaster. Her elucidation of the psychological is center stage in all of her stories. Each story depicting a truly personal trauma, the book takes the reader through the pain and effects of the death of parents, the influence of serious mental illness, the difficult love and emotional interactions of a student who is seduced by a teacher and many other topics that reflect what we have seen going on in the American Society in the last decade.

Always, there is the ever present hardscrabble existence of those in the Upstate New York environment, the struggle to make a living, and the struggle just to live with the prevailing conditions of the region. The struggle to live and live with one's own thoughts and experiences is truly brought to the surface.

From a writing standpoint this book finds Joyce at the apex of her short story writing career. The stories are carefully crafted, with the use of multiple literary techniques. Her use of phrases to highlight and illustrate specific intensities of thought and feeling are wonderfully blended with a writing style that grips the reader like a pipe wrench. The reader is drawn into the lives of the characters time after time. Her stories do not always resolve, leaving the reader to extrapolate the future of the characters. The pictures she paints with her words are explicit and the most intense examples of human reality. This reality is mixed most explicitly with the internal feeling of most of the characters that they are unique and that they are "No One You Know."

The book is recommended for all serious readers of modern literature. It is a classic in all respects. Do not miss this opportunity to read some of the best short stories ever put in one book.
All the stories were beautifully written with well drawn characters, imaginative and disturbingly believable plots. But I felt cheated at the end of each one! By the end of the book, I had given up the notion that I would know how things turned out. The journey I was taken on was fantastic. The destination was disappointing. That said, I would still recommend this book.
Loved reading this book. The short stories were engaging, drawing me in and then leaving me questioning my existence. Just the type of book I want to read late at night. As many of the souls in this book, there is a haunting quality that sticks to you. "She wondered: How do you lose a life, where do you lose your life to, if your life is lost can it ever be found?" (see page 139). Sigh. So gothic, so good.
Uneven. Some of the stories were compelling, mesmerizing -- all the rest. Some were not. But taken as a whole -- please be aware that this is a compilation of some of her stories, and there are many -- are not to be taken as a whole. Some were more than excellent: "Three Girls"; "The Mutants"; The Instructor" for example. I've only encountered Oates in anthologies, but what I read was so worth the while that it prompted me to go searching for more. This is what I've come up with. So far.
This was a free read on my kindle. I enjoyed the book very much. I was in Paris this past July and fell in love with the city and it was fun imagining the settings of the stories in relation to my experiences in the city. Light hearted reading for the most part, but entertaining. Since I'm not fluent in French either by speech or reading, I skipped through the chapters with the French text. I didn't care for the final two chaptrs of the book, in fact they seemed out of place with the type of stories the rest of the collection reflected.
This is not a collection of sweet little stories with tidy endings. Rather, this is Joyce Carol Oates at her finest, weaving tales of the fragility of the human condition with haunted endings that give you pause to wonder what's really going to happen. These are tales of the raw, often violent underbelly of life. I loved every one of these short stories!
Though disturbing , this is an excellent collection of stories. Author Joyce Carol Oates is a gifted writer and this book is a fine example of her talent. She writes of human weakness and dysfunctional families as no one else does.
I read three of the stories, then lost interest. The stories end without an explanation; ambiguous is the word for it - seemed frustrating.