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Author: Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN13: 978-0007185146
Title: The Falls
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Language: English
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Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd (September 6, 2004)
Pages: 496

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

To Nancy Van Goethem and Larry Joseph. The cruel beauty of The Falls. Surrender! M. L. Trau, The Ballad of the Niagara, 1931. The Falls at Niagara, comprising the American, the Bridal Veil and the enormous Horseshoe falls, exert upon a proportion of the human population, perhaps as many as forty percent (of adults), an uncanny effect called the hydracropsychic. This morbid condition has been known to render even the will of the active, robust man in the prime of life temporarily invalid, as if under the spell of a malevolent hypnotist

She’d always interpreted the Book of Genesis as a Hebrew version of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Mostly it was a warning: disobey God the Father, you’ll be expelled from the Garden of Eden. A daughter of Eve, your punishment will be doubled: In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

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. 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.

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What is Joyce Carol Oates saying about the nature of families in The Falls? Are the Burnabys a typical family? Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Harper Perennial. Membership Advantages. Beyond the Book" backstories. Find books by time period, setting & theme.

Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1962 and has since published 58 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal and the Jerusalem Prize (2019).

Joyce Carol Oates returns with The Falls, a haunting tale of tragedy and redemption. Set in Niagara, the waterfalls exert a deathly pull on two generations of a family. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with the author. But Oates says the secret to her gift is really pretty simple: hard work. The writer grew up on a farm in upstate New York - "a world where people are never idle," Oates tells NPR's Lynn Neary. If my mother had five minutes between one chore and another, then she would be sewing or knitting. Oates' latest novel, The Falls, is set in the city of Niagara Falls, not far from her childhood farm. The story opens with the suicide of a young newlywed on his honeymoon, and throughout the book, the waterfalls exert a deathly pull. Book Excerpt: 'The Falls'

2 5 Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Anna Fields. A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found

It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

Joyce Carol Oates had a grand idea for a novel and here, in novel form with The Falls, she presents what feels like a detailed outline - 479 dense pages, but something still closer to summary than immersion. The close-knit family psycho-drama that the author intends, a story of the hidden resentments all families carry, simply loses its purpose as its scope is blown out of proportion to match the massive scenery of Niagara Falls. The elements of an affecting work of fiction seem present and, before it wears you down from an overabundance of background histories, the book does sporadically grab you. The most endearing and successful passages come early, such as those describing the anxious suspension Ariah experiences waking up in the hotel unsure where her new husband has gone.

A novel of tremendous sweep and pace about the American family in crisis -- but also about America itself in the mid-20th century. This novel is the crowning achievement of Joyce Carol Oates's career to date. A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. He's a newly-wed, and his bride has been left behind in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. For two weeks, Ariah, the deserted bride, waits by the side of the roaring waterfall for news of her husband's recovered body. During her vigil, an unlikely new love story begins to unfold when she meets a wealthy lawyer who is transfixed by her strange, otherworldly gaze. So it all begins, in the 1950s, with the dark foreboding of the Falls the sinister background to events. From this cataclysmic event unfurls a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder and, eventually redemption. As Ariah's children learn that their past is enmeshed with a hushed-up scandal involving radioactive waste materials, they must confront not only their personal history but America's murky past: the despoiling of the American landscape and the corruption and greed of the massive industrial expansion of the 1950s and 1960s. This novel of tremendous sweep and pace is about the American family in crisis -- but also about America itself in the mid-20th century. This book alone places Joyce Carol Oates definitively in the company of the Great American Novelists.
Reviews: 7
On many occasions I have assumed that an author who has written something I liked in the past, would continue to write novels that I enjoyed. I recently TRIED to read "The Falls" by Joyce Carol Oates. I made it through 1/3 of the book and just couldn't read anymore. It is quite possibly the worst book I've ever read by well-known author. For me, there needs to be a character that I care about. They can be a villain with redeeming qualities or they can be someone who perseveres through trying circumstances, but the main character of this book is so shallow, insecure and annoying, I didn't care what happened to her and kept hoping she wasn't going to be the main focus. I'm not including her name because she is so forgettable, I can't even remember her name! Her husband, who is also forgettable...comes across as a delusional, selfish man, who sees her a few times after her husband died. He threw himself into Niagara Falls the day after they got married. (He was ashamed he was gay.) So, the good looking guy decides he needs to marry her even though he didn't really talk to her and she is described as thin, with pale red hair, faded freckles (0 personality) about 20 times the first several pages. Oates, for some reason, used a repetitive language to describe a situation. I know she was trying to convey that the character was thinking that way but it was annoying to read. On one page I think she had the phrase they were married 15 times. "They were married and nothing else mattered. They were married and she couldn't believe her good fortune...." What made her even more annoying was she was constantly asking her husband if he was sure he loved her. EEEEEEKKKK...There are hours of my life I will never get back!
I loved this book - so much so, I reread it immediately. My heart broke and I found myself weeping while reading this beautiful story. Ariah, Dirk and their three children each strong characters. An Intercal part of this book revolves around the love canal lawsuits. It was fascinating to read all of the background material which was the impetus for the lawsuit. Please read this book you won’t regret it. You’ll find it educational as well as gripping familial interaction.
I have to preface this review with the disclaimer that I love JCO and she deserves all the awards and accolades she's rightfully earned. She definitely delves into places in the psyche where the shadows lie but her books, no matter how dark the subject matter are un-put-downable. However,I found in the character of Ariah Burnaby the most unlikable and unsympathetic character I've ever encountered in a novel, even surpassing Mike Mulvaney Sr. for worst parent ever.

Her first husband jumps in Niagara Falls after only one night with his newlywed wife. Hah! Inexplicably, rich, handsome nice guy Dirk Burnaby falls in love with the grieving widow and married her within weeks and keeps her in a manner she would never otherwise become accustomed.

She gives birth to three children whom she treats with overbearing, strict control. She's harshly critical of her husband in front of the kids and and becomes a shrew of a wife and a drill sergeant single parent. The story of Dirk handling the first tragic Love Canal case got lost for me because he was belittled by a wife that never deserved him and who threw him out like a bag of trash. I wanted her to become human at some point but that was wishful thinking. Even her kids loved her despite her frigid demeanor. All in all, a disappointment for me.
This is the first Joyce Carol Oates novel I've read and I enjoyed it. The Falls is a sweeping multi-generational, family saga that starts in the fifties and ends in the late seventies. Narrated in third person, it is told in alternating perspective. There are really two main characters: first, Ariah who is tragically widowed on her honeymoon at Niagara Falls and then, much later, her son Royall who finds himself sifting through the secretive past on wich his mother built their life.

At heart, the dysfunctional family story is very relatable, but the plot is refreshingly original as are the flawed, eccentric characters. An interesting part of the story is that the reader feels complicit in the keeping of Ariah's secrets. We know the truth before the other characters do. In fact, some of them never know the full story, as they wouldn't in real life. Only the reader, able to see from each character's perspective, sees the complete picture.

There is an improbable scene at the midpoint of the book (between Royall and the "woman in black") which is jarring because of the previous believability of the story. But if you can get past this, the resolution is satisfying.

-Katie O'Rourke, author of Monsoon Season
The premise is good. I did keep wondering if an outline had been written in the beginning and was it followed. In my opinion it took far too many words to tell this story. Just as I thought things were winding up, I noted I was only a third of the way through. Yes, I finished only to see where the story was going. Save your money.