A couple more course books arrived today!
I read a few of the Oates short stories this evening though and wasn’t tremendously impressed. I mean sure, the topics were probably quite new and possibly radical early on in her career, but I’m not so sure about now. The prose itself is also very fluent and engaging but the stories themselves seem a bit self indulgent and for want of a better literary term, ‘whiny’. Instead of ploughing through the 600+ pages I’m currently picking stories at random, and so far have encountered subject matter consisting of abduction, murder, rape and violent crime. Not the most optimistic of reading material, but it’s palatable. Maybe I’ll stumble across something that really strikes me soon, I’ll have to keep reading and see.