The Tattooed Girl

The Tattooed Girl Joshua Seigl a celebrated but reclusive author is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much prized bachelor s independence Advertising for an assistant he unwittingly embarks upon

  • Title: The Tattooed Girl
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780007170784
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joshua Seigl, a celebrated but reclusive author, is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much prized bachelor s independence Advertising for an assistant, he unwittingly embarks upon the most dangerous adventure of his privileged life.Alma Busch, a sensuous, physically attractive young woman with bizarre tattoos covering much of her body, stirs in Seigl aJoshua Seigl, a celebrated but reclusive author, is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much prized bachelor s independence Advertising for an assistant, he unwittingly embarks upon the most dangerous adventure of his privileged life.Alma Busch, a sensuous, physically attractive young woman with bizarre tattoos covering much of her body, stirs in Seigl a complex of emotions pity desire responsibility guilt Unaware of her painful past and her troubled personality, Seigl hires her as his assistant As the novel alternates between Seigl s and Alma s points of view, the na ve altruism of the one and the virulent anti Semitism of the other clash in a tragedy of thwarted erotic desire.With her masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the contemporary tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges our accepted limits of desire The Tattooed Girl may be her most controversial novel.

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    1. 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.

    518 thoughts on “The Tattooed Girl”

    1. I really must get going on J. C. O. She's arguably the best woman writer we have. Joyce Carol Oates is simply JUICY!I have previously only read "Zombie" and fell in love with her anarchistic style of writing. makes Chuck Palahniuk look the fraud he is. There is some of that here, intermingled with almost young-adult reader-friendliness. This is a dark tale, very much on the same scale as Stephen King's "Apt Pupil". There is The Jew Seigl, a strong character that reeks of academia, and then his t [...]


    2. Un romanzo crudele e spietato . La caratteristica della Oates è quella di saper delineare psicologicamente i suoi personaggi. Il protagonista uno scrittore , solo , di origine ebreo , il suo romanzo “le ombre “ incentrato sugli orrori dell’ Olocausto. Un senso di macabro e di violenza percorrono ripetutamente all’interno di questo libro. Le prime 100 pagine si perdono in interminabili turbe mentali del professore protagonista, sul suo percorso di vita sul suo egocentrismo e solitudine. [...]


    3. This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. The only reason I finished it was because it was a book club pick. The whole book is filled with anti-Semitic slurs. I couldn't care less about any of the characters. It was difficult to find a redeeming quality to anyone. Also, certain facts are never discovered (what was Seigl's disease and who tattooed the girl and why???) I really wonder if the person who wrote the blurb on the book cover read the same book that I did. It was nothing li [...]


    4. I found something hostile and unpleasant and misanthropic about this, but I can't deny that it is smart, complex, compelling storytelling. In many ways, it reads like a thriller (with a healthy dose of the gothic); violence and doom are lurking right from the start, and I found myself sort of helplessly rooting for the protagonists to overcome their apparently inevitable fates, despite having very little sympathy for either of them. But its themes are Serious Business (violence, prejudice, histo [...]


    5. I debated with myself whether to recommend this book or not. It is well written and a very good and insightful story about what happens when a number of people (foremost the wealthy and distinguished author/professor Siegl and the poor and horribly abused Alma (girl of the title), who is hired as his assistant) are brought together. The characters are for the most part believable and complex, with a lot of issues. The story is very dark and unrelenting, however, and I read the entire book with d [...]


    6. There are so many negative reviews of this book that for a moment I thought I had made a wrong selection! I'm a huge JCO fan and IMHO this title did not disappoint. True, the characters are deeply flawed, broken, and ignorant - but that's what her books are all about. You want a romance story between a writer and a girl with tattoos go pick up that other book that was wildly popular a few years ago. In this story, what resonated strongly for me is that the relationship between Joshua and Alma re [...]


    7. Perhaps I'm biased, but JCO hasn't ever written a bad book, in my opinion. The reviews for "The Tattooed Girl" were somewhat lukewarm, at best. I think it is probably one of her better books. With some of her longer material, she has a tendancy to run on and on, covering the same ground again and again. Not so with short books like "The Tattooed Girl". An economy of English is exhibited; and it's all killer, no filler. (pun intended, sorta) Oates' tale of the inked girl and her life as she hooks [...]


    8. This is my first Joyce Carol Oates book and I am quite pleased with the writing, but not too devoted to this particular plot or, for that matter, the characters. For the writing I'll say this: Oates sprinkles in metaphors and similes and makes allusions to Biblical and Greek works with the steady, knowing hand of a seasoned chef preparing their own specially created dish. I wasn't ever overwhelmed by metaphors and I didn't feel the need to look up passages from Virgil. She's very matter of fact [...]


    9. At times, the characters in this novel seem more like actors in a parable, than real, fully fleshed humans. There is the chubby, sexual, dumb blond girl from the poor desolate lands of western Pennsylvania; the wealthy, intellectual Jewish man whose defining features are guilt and obliviousness; and the swarthy, angular hustler who uses the girl in hopes of getting to the man. All of these characters orbit around each other in a suburb of Rochester, NY, experiencing differing versions of underst [...]


    10. There were so many themes running throughout this book that I almost started taking notes. Aside from the obvious - there was another level of the inner workings of denial, depression, and psychological mechanisms involved in self hate and the projections thereof. Joyce Carol Oates is a genius. Her understanding of how we work out our self delusions in our relationships is astounding - and then to top it off she is able to write a story, excellent plot and all, that takes us into that world if w [...]


    11. «Το κορίτσι με το τατουάζ» είναι ένα βιβλίο που περιγράφει τη σύγχρονη τραγωδία του φυλετικού μίσους αλλά και την απέχθεια που μπορεί να προκαλέσει η διαφορετικότητα ενός ατόμου.Διαβάζοντας κάποιος το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο της Όουτς ίσως αισθανθεί ότι διακατέχεται από μισ [...]



    12. Years ago, I fell into Oates. It started with a short story that I really loved, “Shopping”. From there, I jumped into one novel, then another and another. It seemed like I was going to read a lot of Oates in my lifetime. But I could tell her writing was a bit hit or miss, a consequence likely from her prolificacy.So I told myself years ago that the next Oates I would read would be the collection that contained the story that got me into Oates's writing originally. I had a copy of Heat on my [...]


    13. A provocative exploration of prejudice and the complex factors that thwart or foster human compassion. Joshua Seigl is a reclusive scholar and writer whose world view does not extend past his own navel. He is neurotic and obsessive, and a series of interviews for an assistant early in the novel reveal cringe-worthy moments of misanthropy. Seigl is, in short, not a figure from whom we expect kindness. Enter Alma Busch, the tattooed girl whose very skin invites pity. She is a victim of abuse, curr [...]


    14. This book really disturbed me and grabbed me at the same time. There was a lot to think about. The author skilfully weaves a tale of such sadness, anger, poignancy, and pure evil that it took my breath away. The way she introduces the true natures of each of the characters was great. Alma was antisemitic without having any real idea of why except that her less-than-savory family had been bigoted against Jews. But, hey, isn't that quite true of most bigotry? Her self-loathing had obviously been s [...]


    15. Oates plays with the concept of how inclusion or exclusion in a group affects how we end up living our lives. The two main characters are a rich, half-non-practicing Jewish male, successful writer (not unlike Philip Roth - who is the book's dedicatee) and a poor, uneducated, half-practicing Christian young woman who has a lot of poorly done tatoos. As you can tell - Oates is fairly obvious in delineating the difference between them.The author character has written a novel based on his relative's [...]


    16. Chilling. JCO names one character as having borderline personality disorder, but as far as I'm concerned, Alma has it as well. The "hero" Joshua Seigl seems to run from one borderline (his sister) to another, under the illusion that he can rescue her. Obviously, the author has researched the characteristics of borderline disorder and the result is an intelligent, suspenseful, psychological thriller.


    17. I love Joyce Carol Oates. She is beautiful and creepy and dark and always finds a new voice, even if on similiar themes. I read this book in two days. The Tattooed Girl features two main characters, Joshua Siegl, a half-Jewish writer with a secret condition, and Alma, the mysterious girl he employs. Oates is not afraid to write about what's dark and ugly about people's secret thoughts and wishes. There are twists and turns, and a total WTF ending. Good for a dark and stormy night.


    18. I read this book very quickly. Sort of like when you know there's bad news coming and you want the person to hurry the fuck up and tell you what it is. Very enjoyable, very dark. Edward Gorey would like this book.


    19. Πολυ καλο!!!Περιγραφει με τροπο ωμο και γλαφυρο το φυλετικο μισος!!!Προκλητικο μυθησροτημα!!


    20. Intanto copertina sbagliatissima: che c'entra quel bel bocconcino platiné con la quasi sfatta Alma della storia? E' vero che ogni tre pagine la Oates ci ricorda, ribadisce per non dire ripete che la ragazza è bella; ma a noi, donne, non ci inganna! Ogni tre pagine pure, ci viene descritta come molliccia, pallida, sbiadita, grassoccia; un pò balbetta, un pò rimane a bocca aperta; ha un tatuaggio violentemente imposto sulla guancia che appare ora come una macchia ora come una farfalla disegnat [...]


    21. Joyce Carol Oates does it again. I felt unnerved and enthralled and engrossed and disturbed all at once. The Tattooed Girl is replete with contradictions and crammed full of ignorance and hate. The story progresses slowly and goes a little bit of nowhere, more of a snapshot of two lives than a start-to-finish spoon-fed tale, but that just so happens to be something that I liked about it. As for the writing itself, it was engaging and poetic--perfect pace and timing to drive forward that which is [...]


    22. Oates is an excellent writer. It was a pleasure to read this because she has a way of putting together words beautifully. It was a quick read, but still addressed issues worth thinking about: gender, class, education, and the way people who differ vastly can get along and grow to love each other (or not). It was a very well-done novel written from two very different but very interesting points of view. The drawback is that it was so unpleasant. I mean, I like a tragic fall/soul-crushingly sad li [...]


    23. Ugh. The synopsis on the book jacket is pretty deceiving. It makes this "tattooed girl" seem so alluring and mysterious, which made us book club members curious about reading it. Well, this story is a big depressing angry mess. It's all about ignorance. The author guy has no clue his assistant is a stupid anti-Semite, and she has no clue about much of anything. It's hard to feel sorry for her. There were small glimmers of good writing, but not enough to save this book.


    24. Not JCO's best work. It felt very unstructured and self-indulgent. I do, as always, appreciate what I call the "Vs" of her writing: the visceral violent viscosity. If you read this book, you'll understand what I'm talking about.


    25. A kind of bizarre book that I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to finish. But I have to say that be the end, Oates ties it all together beautifully, albeit tragically (I hope that's not too much of a spoiler).


    26. I was glued to the pages. Flew through this one in two afternoons. Fascinating characters, fascinating story. Only flaw was the ending, in which Oates gave in to her flair for the melodramatic.


    27. I loved this book. I've rediscovered Oates and her characters. Her plot keeps you guessing until the end. Almost like a Hitchcock movie!Going to be part of my favorites for years to come!


    28. Good bookenjoyable read.but it ended a little to much on a down-note for me. Plus, it was like M Night Shyamalan moviesentertaining, but at the end your left going "What?".



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