The Gravedigger's Daughter

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In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. ...Continua
Ha scritto il 07/01/13
Half of the pages would have been already enough for this story and I would definitely have hated it less then. The constant uncertainties and thought-loops slow down the narration and made it really hard to get to the last pages.On the "bright" ...Continua
Ha scritto il 04/09/11
Trying to be the Great American Novel?
An interesting, if overlong text (at 582 pages) with some potent writing, and with Oates' trademark density (in a good way) and depth. I enjoyed the book, and there are some powerful and shocking episodes, covering the life of the protagonist (from ...Continua

Ha scritto il Jan 07, 2013, 18:29
Gallagher had to concede this was a phenomenon his own father had been denied. For he'd let his father down. He had failed as a classical pianist. Maybe to spite his father he'd failed but in any case he had failed, all that was finished. He played ...Continua
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Ha scritto il Jan 04, 2013, 12:56
"And please don't exclaim that the house is 'beautiful', Hazel. You aren't obliged. Sure, it's beautiful. Every damn property in Ardmoor Park is beautiful. You bet, anything can be beautiful if you spend millions of bucks on it."
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Ha scritto il Jan 04, 2013, 12:46
Once beauty is smashed it can't ever be made whole.
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Ha scritto il Jan 04, 2013, 12:45
"Caricature is the art of exaggeration," Gallagher told Hazel, "yet it can tell the truth. In times like ours, caricature may be the only truth."
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Ha scritto il Jan 04, 2013, 12:43
Predictions had been made of him, lavish predictions he must live out. He felt the bitter weight of such responsibility, he resented it.
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