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!Free Book ♜ Les Chutes ♬ Au matin de sa nuit de noces, Ariah Littrell d couvre que son poux s est jet dans les chutes du Niagara Durant sept jours et sept nuits, elle erre au bord du gouffre, la recherche de son destin bris Celle que L on surnomme d sormais la Veuve blanche des Chutes attire pourtant l attention d un brillant avocat Une passion aussi improbable qu absolue les entra ne, mais La mal diction r de This book was given to me as a gift, otherwise I would have never had it in my home, especially after reading We Were the Mulvaneys which I found to be an equally horrible read I felt a little compelled to read this because it is set in the Niagra area, where I have visited many times.There are two main problems with this book, and they permeate the book unfortunately The first is that Oates characters are not in any way genuine Their reactions, motivations, what they say and do all ring f This book was given to me as a gift, otherwise I would have never had it in my home, especially after reading We Were the Mulvaneys which I found to be an equally horrible read I felt a little compelled to read this because it is set in the Niagra area, where I have visited many times.There are two main problems with this book, and they permeate the book unfortunately The first is that Oates characters are not in any way genuine Their reactions, motivations, what they say and do all ring false I hope each time that I read a fictional work to be transported and to feel in some way that the characters might be real people This absolutely does not happen in The Falls Quite the opposite happens, again and again I thought the author had no human understanding The second problem is that it is in sorry need of an edit For example, there were way too many descriptions of the main character s eye color of gasoline green Annoying both for the repetition and because it is a terrible description There were many instances of pages introducing a place or character, and then a few pages later a sentence or paragraph introducing them again What I surmise is that no one was willing to read the book from first to last page, and therefore would not catch the redundancies.If you have not yet started reading this book please don t Life is too short to waste it on bad writing The beginning of this book mesmerized me much as the very Falls described here by Oates For 120 pages, the book was just shy of glued to my hand, and I could not put it down Then, for the next 200 pages, I could barely pick it back up, to continue By the mid 300s, I was hoping there would be a chemical explosion at one of the factories and all of the characters would die, putting me out of my misery.I had never before read Joyce Carol Oates, so I don t know if this inconsistency is typical, o The beginning of this book mesmerized me much as the very Falls described here by Oates For 120 pages, the book was just shy of glued to my hand, and I could not put it down Then, for the next 200 pages, I could barely pick it back up, to continue By the mid 300s, I was hoping there would be a chemical explosion at one of the factories and all of the characters would die, putting me out of my misery.I had never before read Joyce Carol Oates, so I don t know if this inconsistency is typical, or rare Her writing is both technical and inspired, to the point of my making comparisons of her style to that of the Brontes But, something happened to the powerful storytelling of the first section, and it never returned, nor did my interest This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here SynopsisWidowed on her wedding night when her new husband, a young minister and latent homosexual, throws himself into the falls, Ariah Littrell, the plain, awkward daughter of a minister, henceforth considers herself damned Her bleak future becomes miraculously bright when Dirk Burnaby, a handsome, wealthy bon vivant with an altruistic heart, falls in love with the media dubbed Widow Bride Their rapturous happiness is shadowed only by Ariah s illogical conviction over the years that Dirk will SynopsisWidowed on her wedding night when her new husband, a young minister and latent homosexual, throws himself into the falls, Ariah Littrell, the plain, awkward daughter of a minister, henceforth considers herself damned Her bleak future becomes miraculously bright when Dirk Burnaby, a handsome, wealthy bon vivant with an altruistic heart, falls in love with the media dubbed Widow Bride Their rapturous happiness is shadowed only by Ariah s illogical conviction over the years that Dirk will leave her and their three children someday Her unreasonable fear becomes self fulfilling when her increasingly unstable behavior, combined with Dirk s obsessed but chaste involvement with Nina Olshaker, a young mother who enlists his help in alerting the city fathers to the pestilential conditions in the area later to be known as Love Canal, opens a chasm in their marriage His gentle heart inspired by a need for justice, Dirk takes on the powerful, corrupt politicians, his former peers and pals, in a disastrous lawsuit that ruins him socially and financially and results in his death Oates adroitly addresses the material of this first class action lawsuit and makes the story fresh and immediate In the end, all drama is about family, a character muses, and while the narrative occasionally lapses into melodrama in elucidating this theme, Oates spins a haunting story in which nature and humans are equally rapacious and self destructive You can t help pitying the people who show up in the novels of Joyce Carol Oates From the first page, you sense that they re going to be known to death, literally splayed by her insight And before you realize it, she s done the same thing to us For 40 years, she s coyly enticed us with the gothic details of ordinary life and then when it s too late pinned us on the sharp point of her wisdom.I read The Falls, her latest novel, in what seemed like one held breath Set around Niagara, the You can t help pitying the people who show up in the novels of Joyce Carol Oates From the first page, you sense that they re going to be known to death, literally splayed by her insight And before you realize it, she s done the same thing to us For 40 years, she s coyly enticed us with the gothic details of ordinary life and then when it s too late pinned us on the sharp point of her wisdom.I read The Falls, her latest novel, in what seemed like one held breath Set around Niagara, the story reflects all the romance, mystery, and terror of that spectacular waterfall It s a great confluence of tones grotesque and domestic, tragic and comic The currents of various styles and points of view blend together in a way that can t possibly work, but does.How else to begin at Niagara Falls but with a honeymoon and a suicide Ariah Littrell s desperation to be married had reached a fever pitch, which is pretty much the mental condition she maintains for the rest of her life Though she s terrified of sex and disgusted by her own body, at 29 she would have gladly traded her soul for an engagement ring, Oates writes The daughter of a prominent minister, she s thrilled to be marrying another minister, even if she doesn t really love him, even if she knows he can t love her, an old maid The morning after their first night together an evening of consummate humiliation her new husband answers the call of the roaring water outside their bridal suite and throws himself over It s a classic Oates moment hypnotically awful, the kind of slow motion disaster you can t take your eyes off.Ariah, long determined to be the perfect wife, immediately recasts herself as The Widow Bride of the Falls, maintaining a seven day vigil while police search for her new husband s body.The hotel manager, desperate to downplay this common accident as gracefully as possible, appeals for help to a friend, a charming, well connected lawyer named Dirk Burnaby But poor Dirk is drawn to Ariah the way people are drawn to the water, and he falls head over heels for this anxious, brittle woman.The heart of the novel is the story of their marriage and the family they build together through the 1950s and early 60s Dirk loves his wife and their three children, his law firm growsprosperous, and the Burnabys enjoy an idyllic suburban existence Except that Ariah wields a kind of psychological brutality, cutting away anything unpleasant, anything that troubles her, such as memories of her first husband, news of the world, the complexity of her new husband s legal work, neighbors friendly invitations, even telephone calls It s all banished in a flurry of anxious protests and ferocious pleading She alternately shrieks and cajoles, stares down anyone who crosses her, or runs from the room with hands over her ears.Ariah excites the same perverse fascination as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie In fact, she s a kind of middle class companion to Tennessee Williams s classic mother monster, though she s trapped in a mythical present instead of a mythical past She draws her children around her even as she repels them, constantly calling attention to her anxieties with ceaseless, ludicrous denials that anything is wrong.Dirk, meanwhile, finds himself compelled to represent a young woman who claims that her neighborhood, along an area known as Love Canal, has been poisoned by chemical waste There s little precedent for environmental liability, and Dirk knows that a conspiracy of business and political forces will make justice almost impossible to attain, but he pursues the case with a dogged idealism that threatens his business, his family, and his own life The Falls is written in a strange, fluid cycle of voices, a blending of these characters thoughts and the author s searing, ironic judgment Sometimes, characters speak for themselves, or the three Burnaby children speak in a kind of composite voice Some sections employ the repetitions of a chorus Others sound like newspaper accounts One odd chapter reads like an eroticized ghost story.Oates handles all this with winning confidence, moving through intimate details just as deftly as she re creates a crucial period in environmental law Most of the mysteries here are tied up, but others are lost in the mist When she tells the story of Dirk s grandfather, an acrobat who once walked across the Falls on a wire, I couldn t help thinking of the daredevil feat she braves herself with this novel.Ultimately, corporate thugs and their crooked judges can t keep chemicals from oozing out of the ground, anythan Ariah can keep the past from seeping into her children s lives The desperate struggle to hide and the desperate struggle to uncover collide in these pages with gripping effect.Surprisingly, though it s full of creepy, ominous energy, by the end this is a novel of forgiveness, of learning to accept what s oddest and cruelest about those we love It s a scary, perceptive portrayal of family life, particularly the burdens parents force on their children and the way love can make those burdens, if not light, then at least bearable.http www.csmonitor.com 2004 0914 p1 JCO is one of those writers you either love or hate I happen to love most everything she does The Falls is no exception, although I really started to get bored with her story set up Once she finally got the ball rolling about 60 pages into it it was cinematic in scope and really ranks high among her best works Set in the 40 s through the 70 s in duh Niagara Falls, NY, The Falls describes the falls eerie, almost preternatural effect on a family, practically destroying it I found mys JCO is one of those writers you either love or hate I happen to love most everything she does The Falls is no exception, although I really started to get bored with her story set up Once she finally got the ball rolling about 60 pages into it it was cinematic in scope and really ranks high among her best works Set in the 40 s through the 70 s in duh Niagara Falls, NY, The Falls describes the falls eerie, almost preternatural effect on a family, practically destroying it I found myself skim reading through much of the repetitive flashback dialog, but at the same time the vision this novel left me with was cinematic in scope I kept imagining it as it would play on the big screen My first JCO book and possibly my last Some great ideas and stunning imagery, but The Falls got on my nerves pretty fast Oates pen tends to linger for pages and pages and pages on events that other writers would condense into one or two sentences In particular, the play by play on hotel staff handling a woman whose husband just threw himself into Niagara Falls was excruciating That Oates intermittently punctuates her descriptions by italicizing the mostly cliched inner thoughts of her char My first JCO book and possibly my last Some great ideas and stunning imagery, but The Falls got on my nerves pretty fast Oates pen tends to linger for pages and pages and pages on events that other writers would condense into one or two sentences In particular, the play by play on hotel staff handling a woman whose husband just threw himself into Niagara Falls was excruciating That Oates intermittently punctuates her descriptions by italicizing the mostly cliched inner thoughts of her characters was too much for me Penelope Fitzgerald once said, I always feel the reader is very insulted by being told too much Apparently, this is not a concern shared by Joyce Carol Oates I waved the white flag around page 80 Perhaps if I had hung around longer, the Ariah character might have started to make sense and maybe I would have found that Oates fleshed outcomplex reasons for her husband s suicide other than that he was gay in the 50s In a pretty cool epigraph, Oates seems to be setting the stage for a mysterious suicide that the Falls will cast a spell on an otherwise unlikely jumper Instead her closeted gay husband premeditates his death in the hotel room, leaves a note, and makes a beeline for the falls How uninteresting This book follows the life of a woman haunted by the rejection of her first spouse and her eternal fear that she will be rejected by anyone who is drawn into her circle of life Ariah lives her life almost as a fugitive, constantly looking over her shoulder, reading into things said as proof that she is unworthy of affection She becomes brittle and nearly unapproachable By protecting herself, she seems to live life in the shadows, barely participating, but an influence nonetheless. I read The Falls for book club I was looking forward to reading it, given its roots in historical events and my past reading of her novel, We Were the Mulvaneys The Falls was, hands down, the worst novel I have read for years If I could, I would give it 1 4 of a star The first few hundred pages are horrid adjective after adjective describing nothing The characters are boring, generally unbelievable, and have no depth To her credit, Joyce Carol Oates offers the reader moments of promise d I read The Falls for book club I was looking forward to reading it, given its roots in historical events and my past reading of her novel, We Were the Mulvaneys The Falls was, hands down, the worst novel I have read for years If I could, I would give it 1 4 of a star The first few hundred pages are horrid adjective after adjective describing nothing The characters are boring, generally unbelievable, and have no depth To her credit, Joyce Carol Oates offers the reader moments of promise description of Niagara Falls during the 1950s and the events surrounding the Love Canal lawsuit Unfortunately, Oates breaks her promise, and instead focuses on the lives of the family members caught up in the time and the lawsuit members the reader could care less about I wadedlike skimmed page after page of this novel for my book club otherwise I would never have gone beyond page 90 only to find myself laughing hysterically by the end The book goes like this pages and pages of meaningless prose and flowery adjectives, during which moments of possibility and intellect actually appear, only to be abandoned as quickly as it was presented in place ofmeaningless prose, until the reader is hit on the head with the end Oates must have been jolted from her depression, or must have been as bored with her own book as I was or she was late for a deadline because she packs a full novel in the last 1 3 of the book introducing new characters who are as bland as the originals and does absolutely nothing with them Seriously A total disaster of a book NEW REVIEW I ll say that this sat with me well enough that I can give it a 4 star rating It was really good and it was the second JCO book I ve ever read It may not be her best, but it is a strong novel Take yet another 4 stars from me, JCO.I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars OLD REVIEW This was good, but after ADORING We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, I wanted this one to be a bit better than it was I was really close at one point to giving this a 4 out of 5 stars The begi NEW REVIEW I ll say that this sat with me well enough that I can give it a 4 star rating It was really good and it was the second JCO book I ve ever read It may not be her best, but it is a strong novel Take yet another 4 stars from me, JCO.I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars OLD REVIEW This was good, but after ADORING We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, I wanted this one to be a bit better than it was I was really close at one point to giving this a 4 out of 5 stars The beginning of this book, mainly the first 100 pages, were a MASSIVE blow to the book and the story told in the first 100 pages could have been told in 50 pages I just couldn t get into it at first However, Part 2 came around and I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BOOK From page 115 to around 270 Part 2 s page numbers , I was adoring this book It was incredibly well told and unfolded the doomed fate of this family that was ultimately ignited by tragedy By this point I was thinking this book had to mess up pretty badly to lose its 4 out of 5 star rating Well, things got messed up pretty badly in Part 3 Not to say it was bad, in fact it still was decent and better than the beginning, but it strangely switched narrators and made the book feel unreliable I love a good unreliable narrator, but this book shouldn t of been told in first person Part of the reason why Part 2 was such a brilliant story was how it was written in a third person POV so that everything could get tackled in a clean yet interesting way I felt like Part 3 didn t give me enough It just went on and on about stuff we either already knew or is pretty much common sense based on the situation at hand So, I didn t LOVE The Falls, but I certainly loved parts of it Joyce Carol Oates is a fantastic author and when she is good, she is a talent barely any authors can match to Though she can drag on and I feel like this book could have been done a lot better It will have to take somegreat novels for her to get on my favorites list, and this just wasn t that If you are interested, check it out Though if you just can t care less about what this is about, I would say skip it I am giving this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars