"Anellia" is a young student who, though gifted with a penetrating intelligence, is drastically inclined to obsession. Funny, mordant, and compulsive, she falls passionately in love with a brilliant yet elusive black philosophy student. But she is tested most severely by a figure out of her past she'd long believed dead.
Astonishingly intimate and unsparing, and pitiless in exposing the follies of the time, I'll Take You There is a dramatic revelation of the risks—and curious rewards—of the obsessive personality as well as a testament to the stubborn strength of a certain type of contemporary female intellectual.
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Alas, Oates never develops this situation, and the novel trails off into an inconclusiveness that is momentarily vitiated by a surprising final sentence that suggests the otherwise unspecified character of the unnamed protagonist’s “narrative.” One senses that Oates is working through deeply per...| Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
'you' was as much as I could hope for.'' As for her brothers, ''if you'd asked would they have wanted me born, they would have said in a single voice No!'' Sprung at last from the miseries of home by a scholarship to college, the narrator sets...Oct 20 2002 | Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
I'll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates 4th Estate £10.99, pp290 This strange novel consists of three tales of semi-concealed identity, told by a woman who all but professes to have none.Jan 05 2003 | Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
Even if you've never heard of her, or never read any and don't intend to, you've probably already come across her, in some way, shape or form, perhaps through one of her pseudonymous suspense novels (published under the name Rosamond Smith), or the film of her book Foxfire , starring the very en...Jan 11 2003 | Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
Oates's fans will be pleased by the usual care with which she goes about constructing the psychology of Anellia and Vernor, but may find Anellia too narrow and stifling a spirit, limiting the larger gestures and bravura flashes of gothicism at which Oates excels.| Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
But not long after her arrival on campus, in a moment of insight, Anellia says, [back home] … "I had never imagined a true library: a university library in whose stacks I might wander mesmerized for years … yet I saw myself at Syracuse as alone and beleaguered and fighting for my life … I was in ...Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
A lonely, brilliant orphan girl, so identity-free she's variously addressed as Mary Alice, Elise, and Alicia, heads to college in the early '60s.Oct 18 2002 | Read Full Review of I'll Take You There: A Novel
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