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ISBN: 0525944516
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (July 1, 1999)
Pages: 369
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
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on TV and in the local papers, John Reddy Heart's face reproduced in the media daily for weeks, sixteen years old, good-looking even though battered and bleeding, stubborn, mysterious in his refusal to speak, his eyes heavy-lidded with secrets

on TV and in the local papers, John Reddy Heart's face reproduced in the media daily for weeks, sixteen years old, good-looking even though battered and bleeding, stubborn, mysterious in his refusal to speak, his eyes heavy-lidded with secrets.

Broke heart blues: a novel. Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York

Broke heart blues: a novel. Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University and a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of numerous novels and collections of short stories.

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Broke Heart Blues may be the most entertaining novel yet from Joyce Carol Oates: razor-sharp satire that holds a mirror up to America's obsession with celebrity.

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List of the published work of Joyce Carol Oates, American writer. A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967). Expensive People (1968). Do With Me What You Will (1973). The Assassins (1975). Son of the Morning (1978). Angel of Light (1981). A Bloodsmoor Romance (1982). Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984). Marya: A Life (1986). You Must Remember This (1987). American Appetites (1989).

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John Reddy Heart, a handsome young heartthrob, becomes the obsession of a small town in New York State during a sensational trial after a man is murdered in his mother's house.


"After thirty years, maybe it didn't matter what was true or not, only what was remembered as true."
As the book begins, we hear Willowsville students talking about John Reddy Heart, the mysterious young man who moves to their affluent town, and becomes famous when he is accused of the murder of his mother's lover. John Reddy is the prodigal son, John Reddy is the change from the norm, the abstraction of identity. For as the first part progresses, (for a little too long), we hear nothing from John Reddy, and the stories seems to surpass rumor, and are treated with the reverence of legend.
Joyce Carol Oates, with a tongue-in-cheek rendering similar to MIDDLE AGE, similar to many of her upper-class settings, skewers these privileged youth, and makes them emptier and emptier as everything goes along. John Reddy, in their collective mind, appears as a god, omnipresent, and serves the purpose of meaning and as a godly aspect of the glory of youth for everyone. I imagine the looks in their eyes as they talk about him (almost as if being interviewed for a documentary) the same as a fellow I used to work with, let's call him Trevor.
Trevor was a child of privilege, not the kind who is humble, and not the kind you could respect. He only worked part-time and was taking a couple of classes. A very light load of responsibility. Everything was paid for. He couldn't handle the pressure, quit work and school for two months, and was hired a life coach and personal daily yoga instructor by his father. When Trevor finally returned to work, he had also taken one of his biannual trips to New Orleans, or as he insisted it had to be called, "NAWlinz." The light in his eyes, and the joy he would feel when talking about "NAWlinz" was his best quality. . .until we found out, from a new hire who had lived there, that everything he said about it was over-exagerated, and could not have possibly transpired in the way he would describe it. Yet he believed it, truly, and loved that he could have an experience so far away from the ove-planned, sterile, and comfortable life he led in NYC.
The light in Trevor's eyes is the same as the privileged of Willowsville, and I resented them and was annoyed by how much they were unhappy with themselves, and by how much they romanticized this John Reddy who, as the first part concluded, it was revealed he had hardly interactions with any of them at all. They created him as much as they needed to to fill the emptiness of their vapid lives, and envied the casual and profound way he lived his life..
There was such a huge contrast from the first part to the second part, when John Reddy's true life is revealed, as exactly what we might have imagined, and so different than anything any of his classmates would have dreamed. We learn more of John Reddy, of his mother Dahlia. We get a chance to travel along with the logic of the characters, as different and still rational as only Joyce Carol Oates can make them. Profound and unusual. When Dahlia tells us that "none of us ask to be born, Johnny. It's smart-asses like you who rub it in," we start to feel the futility of a woman like Dahlia, always having to make herself up, always having to search and plan and use her wiles to get anything in life, the trap that some women fall into. She says, "If Americans don't think something is worth paying money for, they won't think it's worth a moment's glance. And maybe it isn't." You could apply that to her herself, for she needed to be a commodity, goods her whole life.
We learn more about his siblings, and his grandfather, a wanderer transformed from a bum in the eyes of Willowsville, to an enigmatic and visionary artist. In fact, in a statement by the caretaker of his grandfather's art, we learn a critical difference in perception, and realize even moreso, the critical fault of the Willowsville residents. "It's the idea of what it is, it IS. Not what it's made of." These ideas lead the characters to their many truths and deceptions about John Reddy and his family, and leave it to him to see a section his grandfather's art as, not an encircling set of wings, or a crown, but "a broken piece of ceramic." John Reddy is nothing like he is described, or perhaps so much more, for he simply IS.
The book concludes with the thirty-year reunion of John Reddy's classmates, once again waiting and hoping that John will arrive, make an appearance. "He can't just stay away forever, can he? Don't we mean anything to him at all?" These people, despite all outward appearances, the men slackened and jowled, the women operated upon and still beautiful, have not changed. They float from house to house, party to party, involved in a desperate recapturing of glories, orgies and feasts. A roast pig is devoured like a hive of ants, like John Reddy was devoured in their imaginations. We see those forever stuck in high school, those whose personalities and destinies peaked then, and how they will remain those people forever, incapable of wisdom or change
Listen toElise Petko, Trish Elders, Dwayne; listen to Petey who is described as present, absent, dead, alive, all simultaneously. "You're the only people on earth who know me as I am, not as I appear."
I was manipulated to hate these people, because I didn't like them in high school, and honestly, because, even if I wanted to attend a reunion, I was told I would be gay bashed if I did attend. And yet, somehow, when I remember the person I loved the most in high school, the person there was no hope to ever be with, the person who was mysterious, and did my best friend an amazing kindness, I suddenly felt for these Willowsville residents. For at the end, they end up in an idyllic state, paired up with the person of their dreams, their sweethearts imagined or otherwise, and fulfilling the destiny of who we thought we were and would always be. The person that we have always been and can never be otherwise. For "After high school in America, everything's posthumous."
In "Broke Heart Blues" Joyce Carol Oates once again proves she is one of the great stylists of American literature. Like "Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang" this novel is a meditation on american life at a specific time. The novel takes us through the 1950's to the present (though years are never named), focusing on a group of upper-middleclass suburbanites as they are reflected through their obsession with the novel's anti-hero, Johnny Reddy Heart. Through the eyes of the townspeople who surround him, Heart seems to be a James Dean-like rebel. Oates uses this set up to reveal the shortcomings of America's intoxication and obsession with fame. It works; it is not so much for the story of Heart that we read the first half of the novel, but for the fasinating portrait of contemporary american life revealed as we swim through the obsessions of the various teenagers, housewives, teachers and businessmen who construct what becomes the myth of Johnny Reddy Heart. The second half of the novel reveals the objective (dare I say "true"? in Oates' post-modern world true is a risky word) story of John Heart after his involvement in a fame and myth-making murder trial. We slowly find out what happened--as opposed to the whimsical, subjective impressions given in the first part of the novel. Gaps are filled in, and filled in in marvelous, fluid, at times perfect prose. This is a great read. It delivers almost everything Oates is know for at one point or another--compelling narrative, stylistic grace, lurid violence, sex, strong themes and brutal honesty. This is not the best Oates, but to say a book is not the best Oates is a compliment most writers would kill for. Highly recommended for all Oates fans and for the general reader of both "serious" and "popular" contemporary fiction.
I have the distinct advantage of not having read any other Oates works, and so Broke Heart Blues writes on a tabula rosa. I thought it allegorical, not "a stretch" like others. I found it wholly engaging, not "tedious" as some did. And far from trivial, I found it profound.
The book parlays the contrast between female adolescent male hero-worship and middle-aged female angst into a wonderfully insightful and moving story. Oates evokes both the harmony and the discord of each of these life stages; one hears the cacaphony of emotions as they play out in each. She paints the tragedy (as well as the inevitability) of the co-existence of adult yearnings in teenagers and adolescent yearnings in adults. The mix is equally problematic, and often disasterous, for the members of each group. While devoting few words to sex per se, the book is mostly concerned with about precisely that, and its continuing power over the emotions, and often the actions, of young girls and boys, middle-aged parents, and even children and old men. Trouble is greatest when a character acts on chronologically out-of-synch emotions.
At the center is the child-adult Heart, who grows into the adult-child Heart, and is thus is nearly always out of synch. He serves (literally and figuritively) as the lightening rod for the women characters' emotional and physical cravings in both adsolence and adulthood. He also functions as the focal point for the fanatsies (including the heterosexual ones) of the male characters. They lust after their female peers vicariously, deeply envious of their dream girls' devotion to the mythology of Heart. This hero-worship by both sexes is beautifully and evocatively symbolized by a certain tatoo on a main character's body, and by her boyfriend's public self-prostration in adoration of it.
This book is good stuff, and shouldn't be missed by any thinking person in their forties or early fifties with even a dim remembrance of themselves in high school or college.

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