Middle Age: A Romance

by Joyce Carol Oates | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780060934903 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lonerunner of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania USA on 1/5/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by lonerunner from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, January 05, 2008
Joyce Carol Oates's Middle Age is an intriguing tale which takes place in an affluent town called Salthill-on-the-Hudson, and in the opening pages, we meet Adam Berendt, a very popular character in his town, who tragically dies a few pages later while rescuing a little girl from drowning during a boating accident.

Adam Berendt was known to everyone in Salthill as a talented sculptor and a warm person who was a confidante to many. His sudden death has a profound effect on everyone who knew him in Salthill. However, it becomes obvious, very quickly, that no one really knew Adam Berendt. They thought he was a poor man, but he wasn't. He had used several names and made millions of dollars. No one could locate his family, or even knew if there was a family. What is Adam's story, and how has he managed to touch people's lives so profoundly?

I enjoyed this novel tremendously, because the characters are all so well drawn and different from each other, and their various reactions to losing Adam reveal much about their individual self-esteems and what they think about love in general. This novel also carries the message that anyone can find a way to make life more meaningful for themselves if they do a little soul searching, and one need not stick to the most conventional path.

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