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Babysitter di Joyce Carol Oates
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Babysitter (originale 2022; edizione 2022)

di Joyce Carol Oates (Autore)

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'A page-turner ... nothing less than magical' Observer 'An extraordinary slice of suburban noir' Daily Mail From one of America's most renowned storytellers comes a novel about love and deceit, and lust and redemption, against a background of child abductions in the affluent suburbs of Detroit. In the waning days of the turbulent 1970s, in the wake of unsolved killings that have shocked Detroit, the lives of several residents are drawn together, with tragic consequences. There is Hannah, wife of a prominent local businessman, who has begun an affair with a darkly charismatic stranger whose identity remains elusive; Mikey, a canny street hustler who finds himself on an unexpected mission to rectify injustice; and the serial killer known as Babysitter, an enigmatic and terrifying figure at the periphery of elite Detroit. As Babysitter continues his rampage of killings, these individuals intersect with one another in startling and unexpected ways. Suspenseful, brilliantly orchestrated and engrossing, Babysitter is a starkly narrated exploration of the riskiness of pursuing alternate lives, calling into question how far we are willing to go to protect those whom we cherish most. In its scathing indictment of corrupt politics, unexamined racism, and the enabling of sexual predation in America, Babysitter is a thrilling work of contemporary fiction. 'Simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 'Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who always takes your breath away' Mail on Sunday 'A writer of extraordinary strengths' Guardian… (altro)
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A difficult book at times to read but it certainly stays with you long after the final words, not sure if this is good or bad! There are 3 main characters: Hannah, housewife, living in wealthy suburbia in Detroit. The babysitter, serial murderer so named because of the age of the victims and the way they are posed in death. Mikey a street wise kid, always high, carrying out the murderous work of his nameless employee. Their 3 lives will cross, and not in a very pleasant way. Hannah, the main focus of the story lives in a loveless marriage with Wes attending and organizing many charity functions, her life showing little direction, her only love being her 2 children; Katya and Conor. It is at one such charity function that she is drawn to the very mysterious, elegant stranger only ever referred to the reader by the initials YK. This relationship will lead Hanah in a very dark direction, she is hoping to find real love but what she discovers is a world of darkness and pain. Mikey had a very difficult and traumatic childhood under the guardianship of Father McKenzie. He carries out orders for his faceless employer and soon his path will cross with Hanah as a situation escalates out of control.
Essentially The Babysitter is about secret lives and the consequences that can follow. Does Hannah deserve sympathy from the reader? I fear not, she opens herself to danger by her own actions, leaving a loveless relationship for one of violence under the mistaken assumption that this is love. What is heart wrenching in this book, is the amount of violence on show and by using initials rather than names an uneasy feeling accommodates the reader from start to finish. Read if you dare! ( )
  runner56 | Nov 20, 2022 |
Corre el año 1977 y Hannnah y Wes Jarrett, un respetable hombre de negocios y miembro de una de las familias más poderosas de Detroit, viven felices junto a sus hijos de cinco y ocho años en su casa de las afueras. Ismelda, su criada, hace que en el hogar todo sea más llevadero. Pero su vida y la de sus vecinos se ve sacudida por la presencia en la ciudad de un asesino al que los medios han apodado Babysitter: ya ha raptado y torturado a seis niños y ha dejado sus cuerpos en la carretera en posturas llamativas, como si durmieran. En una fiesta filantrópica de la familia Jarrett, Hannah conoce al señor R., un hombre extraño y oscuramente carismático con el que inicia una peligrosa aventura. Mientras tanto, el esquivo asesino en serie, que parece formar parte de la élite de Detroit, sigue acumulando víctimas y llevando a la desesperación a la ciudad.

Babysitter es una exploración psicológica de los rincones más oscuros de la psique humana y una crítica demoledora del racismo, la violencia sexual, la homofobia y la misoginia.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Nov 9, 2022 |
Have you ever been so engaged and absorbed in a book that you literally could not put it down and stayed up too late at night so you could finish it? This book was that for me. This is the best book I’ve read by Joyce Carol Oates and one of the best books I’ve ever read.

However, a few caveats. The book is long, over 400 pages, and would have been better if it were a little shorter. There is a lot of unnecessary scenes in the book that should have been cut and would not have affected the plot at all. I was mildly disappointed in the ending, which was slightly unclear, leaving multiple unanswered questions, despite being foreshadowed in the first chapter. It was not a terrible ending, but could have been improved. Finally, this book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with many sensitive subjects, including, kidnapping and torture of children, extortion and blackmail, sexual assault, rape, murder (lots of murder), suicide, adultery, misogamy, racism, police brutality, and pedophilia. If you are sensitive to these things, this book might not be for you. However, I found the book engrossing.

The story is narrated by Hannah, the protagonist, who is lured into an extramarital affair with a man she met at a party and only knows by the initials, Y.K. There are two plotlines in the story which slowly merge together at the end. The other plotline concerns a child abductor dubbed “The Babysitter.” As the plotlines merge, Hannah is affected by the Babysitter and the people who work for him. I won’t spoil the plot by revealing more, but it is an exciting story. Despite the few above mentioned issues, I give this a full 5-Star rating. Highly recommended. ( )
  dwcofer | Oct 10, 2022 |
If you can stand its suspense and building terror, this book will catch you from the start. With Detroit of the 70's as a backdrop, the city is collectively overwhelmed by the crimes of "The Babysitter," who kidnaps and murders children. Meanwhile we are introduced to a wealthy woman who is about to embark on a clandestine affair at a high end hotel, with an inscrutable and charismatic man, risking her comfortable upper class life as wife and mother. Part of the strength of this novel is the insight into the woman's introspection as she makes many choices against her better judgment. ( )
  sleahey | Jul 12, 2022 |
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'A page-turner ... nothing less than magical' Observer 'An extraordinary slice of suburban noir' Daily Mail From one of America's most renowned storytellers comes a novel about love and deceit, and lust and redemption, against a background of child abductions in the affluent suburbs of Detroit. In the waning days of the turbulent 1970s, in the wake of unsolved killings that have shocked Detroit, the lives of several residents are drawn together, with tragic consequences. There is Hannah, wife of a prominent local businessman, who has begun an affair with a darkly charismatic stranger whose identity remains elusive; Mikey, a canny street hustler who finds himself on an unexpected mission to rectify injustice; and the serial killer known as Babysitter, an enigmatic and terrifying figure at the periphery of elite Detroit. As Babysitter continues his rampage of killings, these individuals intersect with one another in startling and unexpected ways. Suspenseful, brilliantly orchestrated and engrossing, Babysitter is a starkly narrated exploration of the riskiness of pursuing alternate lives, calling into question how far we are willing to go to protect those whom we cherish most. In its scathing indictment of corrupt politics, unexamined racism, and the enabling of sexual predation in America, Babysitter is a thrilling work of contemporary fiction. 'Simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 'Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who always takes your breath away' Mail on Sunday 'A writer of extraordinary strengths' Guardian

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