The scene is Grayling Island off the coast of Maine, where a young woman meets a Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. As the afternoon slips into evening, the two move unaware towards a shattering appointment with destiny - for it is not love but death that awaits the young woman Kelly.The scene is Grayling Island off the coast of Maine, where a young woman meets a Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. As the afternoon slips into evening, the two move unaware towards a shattering appointment with destiny - for it is not love but death that awaits the young woman Kelly.Read Less
New/New. 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 x 3/4 " 0525934553 1992 Hardcover book in original Dustjacket; 3rd printing...Fun find from our own warehouse. BRAND NEW from 1993 publisher...Never opened, Never owned. Please note, on these last ones, there is a feltpen mark to bottom edge, tiny corner bumps, and light edgewear to jacket, not as visible inside new sleeve protector. Jacket is intact, and not clipped; original $ 17.00 price still on corner; now protected in New non-stick removable clear mylar sleeve. These are not perfect, but still Nice Clean unread Gift Giving quality...5-1/4 x 8-1/4 x 3/4 " size; 154 pages...Handsome book, midnight blue boards with black cloth and gold gilt title impressed on spine, and matching midnight blue endpages, all in coordinating color photographic jacket. The great novelist Carol Oates in this book took a true shocking story that has become an American legend, and created a powerful novel...Chappaquiddick, Martha's Vineyard; United States Senator Edward " Teddy " Kennedy, brother of the late President John F. Kennedy; the Fourth of July party on the island with the girls who had worked on his brother Robert Kennedy's Presidential campaign; Ted riding through the night in a car with a young girl, the awful accident in his car as it went off the bridge; and her death, presumably by drowning. Did it cost him his own run for President that he had dreamed of? It cost her her life. The names have been changed-even the girl is not called Mary Jo Kopechne in this story she is called Kelly Kelleher. But it is the lovely doomed Mary Jo, or a girl like her, that Oates is writing of. We enter her past and her present, her mind and her body, in this brilliantly written book that tells the tale of this young woman fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, and lover. The tragedy that ensues speaks to women everywhere who are drawn to the power of certain men, and, no matter how intelligent and courageous they may be, can become drugged by romantic dreams, to their peril. " Black Water "...A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates...published by Dutton / dist. by McClelland & Stewart, New York / Toronto 1993 Hardcover book in Dustjacket *** Securely packed for Safe delivery worldwide since 1965 ***
Terrifying, suffocating, disturbing. And frankly left a disturbing taste in my mouth for several days after (unpleasant enough that I can't really give it 5 stars). Anyone looking to liberate their death (and/or meaninglessness of life) anxiety - look no farther!
Jul 31, 2008
Drowning in Words
The question at the heart of Black Water is not whether Kelly, the young passenger on an ill-fated ride with a senator, will live or die; it's more a matter of how she ended up there in the first place. The text becomes repetitive at parts and certain refrains appear over and over in the book until I almost felt like I was being bogged down along with the young woman. The "contemporary" allusions and references are all now, of course, dated and somewhat lost, but the story still resonates, because there is still something that attracts people to powerful elected officials. And interesting read, and the slim volume is well worth the effort.
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