The Wheel of Love and Other Stories

The Wheel of Love and Other Stories

Joyce Carol Oates / Feb 16, 2020

The Wheel of Love and Other Stories A collection of short stories

  • Title: The Wheel of Love and Other Stories
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780814906767
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A collection of 20 short stories.

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      • Joyce Carol Oates

        Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls She is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978 Pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.


    1. I have an entire shelf of Joyce Carol Oates books to read. Apparently it is easier for me to buy them used than to read them! The Wheel of Love is a book of twenty short stories. I love short stories. All the stories were previously published in magazines in the late 1960s: Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Esquire, Mademoiselle, The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Partisan Review, The Northwest Review, Cosmopolitan, Shenandoah, and Triquarterly [...]

    2. I didn't finish this. It's fantastic, electrified scintillating honesty. Harsh Q-beam stories. "Unmailed, Unwritten Letters" details a woman unapologetically having an affair in a such simultaneously heroic and damning manner, it draws big red circles around all human interactions. It is too much, this thick book of brutal truths. I am afraid I'll find myself in here under her literary microscope and discover how wretched I truly am, and that might make me a coward, but, man, I don't need that.

    3. These early short stories are intimate, probing, thoughtful, edgy, and sometimes disturbing. The unifying theme of this collection seems to be pathology in relationships between men and women, and the complex frictions between family and romantic relationships. For example, how dysfunction and abuse in relationships with parents poisons romantic relationships; extramarital relationships; predation of young women by older men. Many of the stories experiment mildly with structure/form, often effec [...]

    4. Joyce Carol Oates doesn't get the credit she deserves for being the wildly daring, innovative writer she is - especially in these early stories, some of her best. Yes, we all know the famous one, and it is indeed great, but "How I Contemplated the World" is truly life-changing and there are many others here that remake the world with every read.

    5. I admit that by the end of this large collection of stories, I was praying to myself, "please don't go crazy, please don't go crazy." Madness, obsessive thoughts, anxiety, drug use, familial death, and physical disfigurements all feature heavily in these dark pieces, all originally published by 1970. These are stories of their time, too: racial integration, counterculture in conflict with suburbia, trapped housewives, the decline of Detroit."Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is by far t [...]

    6. 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 Yo [...]

    7. For Oates, and for many other women in the post-Vietnam milieu, the word love, in all its sexual, familial, and platonic factions, meant only patriarchy, and violence, cyclical and unrelenting. "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," is still the author's greatest achievement, despite her deft modernist leanings in the collection's other stories, for the total horror of its simplicity. Arnold Friend, sexual predator, murderer, is Oates' greatest villain, and he is just a word, its meaning lo [...]

    8. One of her earliest books, and it contains what are arguably her two greatest stories: "In the Region of Ice," and "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Corrections and Began My Life Over Again." (The terrific but played-out "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is here, too.) She's written so much crap, but this book is hard proof that she can be -- or once was -- a brilliant writer.

    9. read this a couple stories at a time, in between other books. liked it, but not when i read too many stories at once. super sad but beautifully written. looking for a reason to read a lot of that type of writing apart from using it to become a better writer. 3.5/5 as a collection.

    10. I know, I know Oates is awesome. Read your Oates. I just couldn't get into these. They all seemed like experiments in styles created by other people. I'll have to revisit these another time.

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