The Accursed

The Accursed

Book - 2013
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A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man--a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people.
Publisher: New York : Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062231703
Branch Call Number: 813/.43
Characteristics: xiii, 669 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Nov 12, 2014

Lots to think about with this book.

rebalski Jul 16, 2014

I would agree with others that this was a slow moving book. However, for some reason I really enjoyed reading this. I just really enjoyed how you felt a part of the times-- where people believed things to be unspeakable and you were speculating about gossip. I liked it -- but don't expect a lot of action, I guess.

wordbaker Jul 07, 2014

awfully long to make the point: evil lurks all around. the faint of heart should pass on this one.

Apr 12, 2014

I felt accursed slogging thru to the end. I don't know why i have this perverse need to finish what i start.
This book needed some juicy details to make it interesting. Vivid descriptions of exactly what is going on would be nice.

Jul 22, 2013

Stuck with it for about a third of the way through. When I could find no point to it all, except perhaps to present famous American politicians in a most unfavorable light (which may or may not have been historically correct), I gave up. Since all the main action was "unspeakable," I guess Oates just had nothing to write about?

Dillondog_1 Jul 08, 2013

another greatone frormOates. I was sad when it ended -- felt like I'd lost friends.

JCLHunterSt May 21, 2013

I believe Joyce Carol Oates is a fabulous writer. There are parts of The Accursed where her talents shine through. Unfortunately, the book just never came together for me. I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't. I found it boring and tedious and the book just couldn't keep my interest for long. It took me ages to finish it (and now I wonder why I bothered) because I kept putting it down and then picking it back up hoping it would get better. It never did.


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