It is a film about the unseen, about the feared; about a nothing that is full of something, namely danger; about the question of what it means to fear death, to mourn your life in advance. Waiting, silence, heaviness — these are the three main elements that contribute to the exceptional experienced slowness. But there is something else that struck me when I saw the film, already when I saw it for the first time. The Sacrifice could also well be filmed theatre. Fittingly, it is pointed out pretty early on that Alexander used to be a theatre actor.
He received a birthday card from former colleagues. The set-up as well as the movement and the behaviour of the actors and actresses contributes to the feeling of seeing a stage play in front of you. There is a theatricality to the film that, to me, supports the idea of a major psychological breakdown going on in the film. Nothing ever stops.
Everything continues, in one way or another. Alexander pleads with God and promises never to speak again. His son, Little Man, as he lovingly calls him, is mute throughout the film. There is vague talk of an operation, but Tarkovsky never fully clarifies this. What matters is that when Alexander falls silent, Little Man begins to speak.
Why is that, papa? Continuity, circularity — everything continues, everything circulates, nothing ever stops, despite sacrifices by one man. Life goes on. If you leave something, someone else will pick it up and continue the work. It is as though Tarkovsky, dying of cancer at the time, sent us a message with this film: when he is gone, someone else will continue the work he has been doing. Perhaps not in exactly the same way. But also Lav Diaz continues the work Tarkovsky had started in the s.
And it will be continued by many more filmmakers from around the world. Thank you, Nadin, this is a fine overview of The Sacrifice. Joyce Carol Oates's new novel, The Sacrifice, is based largely on the Tawana Brawley alleged rape case and the author's novel, them, based on the race riots. It centers around a black family: Sybilla Frye, 15, allegedly gang raped and beaten by white police officers; her mother, Ednetta Frye; and her stepfather Anis Schutt. At the center of the story are the manipul Joyce Carol Oates's new novel, The Sacrifice, is based largely on the Tawana Brawley alleged rape case and the author's novel, them, based on the race riots.
At the center of the story are the manipulative Mudrick twins, Rev. I would recommend this novel not because the narrative is easy, but because it's difficult. The harsh points of view and the disjointed, unsettling writing style serve as societal mirrors worthy of present day contemplation. The Sacrifice adds to the timely and important discussion on race, community and choices. Oates never fails to push her readers beyond their comfort zones.
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Aug 25, Jennifer Plante rated it it was ok. Not sure if JCO has gotten less creative or I just had less reading under my belt when I first fell in love with her novels twenty years ago after they already were ten years old. However, this is the second contemporary work of hers I've read in less than a year and kind of wish I hadn't. Yawn- where's the plot? Where's any real character development? I could go on, but won't. It was just okay. Feb 09, Nat rated it did not like it. What an incredibly dull novel.
The plot was quite promising however the book just became duller and duller after the 5th chapter. Especially when the Reverend and his brother stepped in. This is my first Joyce Carol Oates' novel and I think? The plot is good, the choice of perspectives is super good too but just so terribly executed. One of those cases where I wish I could just take the different elements and hand them to a more competent auth wow look at me finishing a book unheard of.
One of those cases where I wish I could just take the different elements and hand them to a more competent author don't me because this could've been so much more than it was. I actually still can't believe I finished it lmao, go me selfsupport selflove. Oct 04, Carol rated it really liked it. This is a compelling, dark story.
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I struggled with the rating, because while I was thoroughly immersed in the audio, some parts of it seemed very far-fetched. People don't really behave like that, do they? Please tell me they don't! But now that I have finished the book, I've learned that it is based on an actual incident. And I am stunned. View 1 comment. Apr 22, Wesley rated it it was amazing. How in the world does she do it? Joyce, you just know. You just throw it in and push. I see it glistening, shiny, surprising impossible to look away, and I alone climb in.
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I once again found myself bounced around, heated, your creation removing all the moist remnants of bias, suspicion, normalcy, and provoked anticipation. Cycle stops and I fell out, ready for more. Apr 20, Jennifer rated it it was ok. I was ultimately quite disappointed in this book. But it was I'm sorry to say a rip-off. The front of the book has the standard "This book is a work of fiction Any resemblance to actual events It takes reading the cover to know this is a retelling of the Tawana Brawley incident. The events are the same, even down to Mike Tyson visiting and giving her his gold watch, the local DA being accused as one of the rapists, another accused officer committing suicide, and Tawana's eventual conversion to Islam.
Who are we fooling here?? The only thing I appreciated was the perspective of the victims all of them, and there were many but what was missing and what I expected was some kind of commentary or viewpoint that sought to make sense of it all. This was absent. Having lived through this time in New York, I know that the book did not even attempt to address the terrible effect on race relations that this case had in New York, and possibly elsewhere. Those who want to deny the inner-city black experience and racism could say "SEE!
I am so disappointed in Oates. Anyone can see that even with the extent that Tawana was an agent in the events, she was more so a victim, manipulated by her mother and by Sharpton. THey took her actions and ideas and ran with them. While the accused DA deserves to have his damages paid, I think it's a shame the Tawana, all these years later, must start to pay on a debt that no average person could ever pay.
Joyce Carol Oates, I call on you to take the proceeds from this book, which was practically lifted from the Grand Jury report you mention only in passing at the end, and help Tawana pay off her debt. I am left with the feeling that you are just like everyone else in this story who have looked to profit from this tragic story. It pains me to say that. Jun 09, Christine rated it really liked it. Oates does good work in fictional retellings of actual events.
In this case, she writes on the false rape allegations of Tawana Brawley from the late s. The way Sybilla was found recreates a similar picture to that of Brawley, and the story goes from there, each chapter giving a view of a participant in the tragedy: the cop, the mother, the stepfather, the attorney, the pastor, the detective, the teacher.
Oates finds a way to paint portraits of these people that give their desires and motiva Oates does good work in fictional retellings of actual events. Oates finds a way to paint portraits of these people that give their desires and motivations weight. The ribbon of neediness and hunger, though for different goals, appeals to the humanity in all of us. At its essence, there is a longing to belong to the group, for acceptance, love, affection, kindness, dignity.
There is something in this book that doesn't develop quite as much as I expect from other work by Oates. I am not sure if she is bound or restrained from full development or creativity due to her age and the stage of writing, the racial issues covered, or something else. It's a tough story to be sure , still it's a solid 3. In fact, I was ready to abandon it but gave it one more shot and it started to pick up.
When I first started reading, it seemed like a Law and Order episode, seeing that they are usually loosely based on true- stories; I was pretty sure there was a true story out there. It was based on a Tawanna Brawley rape allegation in Sybilla Frye was found in an abandoned factory beaten and left for dead. Sybilla claimed that she was beaten and raped by 3. Sybilla claimed that she was beaten and raped by 5 men and one of them was a white cop. Sybilla is very uncooperative with the police and gives very little information what actually happened to her.
She evades the authorities and hides behind a well-known black religious figure. The story becomes less about what happened to Sybilla and more about racially motivated attacks. The book slowly reveals what really happened and the lengths they went to and the reasons they did it. May 13, Judith rated it liked it. This is a fictionalized account of the Tawana Brawley incident which took place in New York in and was quite a media circus.
A black girl claimed to have been the victim of a sexual assault by several white cops. By the time Al Sharpton got involved, her attackers included the prosecuting attorney. It's sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction but Oates does a great job of masking the identity of her characters yet basing them on living people who were involved in any way. She also has This is a fictionalized account of the Tawana Brawley incident which took place in New York in and was quite a media circus.
She also has such a marvelous style of getting into all the different characters and seeing the world through their eyes. It is like having a bird's eye view from inside each person as they tell their story and as they react to their fellow characters' perspectives. The book is consistent with the facts, that the incident didn't happen at all but was a story fabricated in part by the girl to avoid punishment at home, and elaborated on by Sharpton and others.
Jul 01, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: , sexual-violence , rape , black-female-horribly-abused , yr-old-abused-bypolice. This book is based on the Tawana Brawley case, it tells of year-old Sybilla Frye, found by a neighbour in the cellar of her building, hog-tied and smeared in faeces with racist epithets scrawled on her body, badly beaten and sexually assaulted.
Ines Iglesias, the Hispanic cop, was sent to interview her. Sybilla was kidnapped and attacked by five men. One wore a badge, like a police officer. It is an terrible situation but we also get varying viewpoints -- from her mother, Ednetta, Ines, This book is based on the Tawana Brawley case, it tells of year-old Sybilla Frye, found by a neighbour in the cellar of her building, hog-tied and smeared in faeces with racist epithets scrawled on her body, badly beaten and sexually assaulted.
Sadly this horrendous abuse also emphasises the powerlessness of women. Because the women in this tale are surrounded by men, bigger and more powerful than they are, with louder voices that repeatedly intrude. Jan 01, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: grac-read. To me it was a look at the disgraceful ways both races act toward each other. No one listens, everyone just screams and insults and over reacts, esp. The Sacrifice in the title was, to me, the Justice system in America. The book was released at a time the protests over deaths in NY and Missouri were in the news.
I was in high school in the 's, during the Civil Rights marches, lynchings, burnings, assasinations and,finally,laws enacted. To me the racial situation in America is worse now than then, have we no way to heal? Feb 27, Ann rated it liked it. Oates' latest topic could not be more of the moment. In the time of Ferguson and other such travesties, she has created a fictionalized account of the Tawana Brawley case, when, in , a very young black girl claimed to have been beaten and raped by white cops, who wrote racial epithets on her.
The case had a huge impact and was very divisive, but was ultimately deemed a hoax. Oates has set her novel in the same year, in a black community policed - and abused by - a largely white police force. All the tensions of racial conflict and familial battles are engrossingly depicted.
Oates gives us multiple points of view as she drops clues regarding what really happened to young Sibilla Frye to land her in the center of a firestorm. Nov 23, Mary Taitt rated it liked it. Well-written but depressing and extremely upsetting. Sybilla Fry is brutally beaten raped, but in order to protect someone, and the reader soon figures out who that someone is -- she makes up a story that she was raped by white cops.
The story escalates totally out of control. It is based on a true story but set in a fictional town. The situation gets worse and worse and worse, and no, there is no light at the end of this tunnel. In this book, which in some ways is well-written, there is, in Well-written but depressing and extremely upsetting. In this book, which in some ways is well-written, there is, in my opinion, no heart, not character to care about or empathize with. That is its greatest failing.
I would recommend this book to people interested in racial issues and issues of justice and rape, though the book offers no real answers, but instead, raises questions. Feb 09, Pamela rated it it was ok. Oates continues to pen disturbing books. Some I enjoy, this wasn't one of them. At times it became so upsetting you had to put it down, then you found yourself turning pages quickly to find the answer. While it seems the story is resolved, there are also many questions left unanswered. It would make for an interesting discussion for a book grou Oates continues to pen disturbing books.
It would make for an interesting discussion for a book group. I did think this was good, but I don't think quite as much of it as I do a lot of the other Oates I've read. The writing is well done, as always, but it feels more to me like the sketch of an Oates novel instead of the novel itself. Maybe it takes on too much that it can't delve as deeply as I'd like, but it feels like we're still in the flyover stage. It just feels more like a treatment of a book than the book itself.
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It isn't bad, but I guess I expected a little more. It's hard not to have ver I did think this was good, but I don't think quite as much of it as I do a lot of the other Oates I've read. It's hard not to have very high expectations when reading Oates. Apr 09, Fran rated it really liked it. All too familiar with the Tawana Brawley story, so was hesitant to read. However, once I cracked this open I could not put it down. As always Ms. Oates drags you in and keeps you there until your understanding is complete and then, and only then, you are released.
Thank you for the fresh perspective some twenty years later. This book really begs the question of what the real injustice was an All too familiar with the Tawana Brawley story, so was hesitant to read. This book really begs the question of what the real injustice was and to whom. Not a pretty subject but one that sadly bears witness time and time again. Dec 31, Mel rated it liked it. I used to be a big fan of Joyce Carol Oates.
The past few novels that I read of hers made question that. The Sacrifice kind of redeemed her. Kind of. I took issue with several things in the book. That aside, it takes place in the late 80's. But, the issues The Sacrifice addresses are still very prevalent now. I remember the Tawana Brawley story, trial, and, Al Sharpton's involvement. The media sensationalism. I'm not sure if Joyce Carol Oates was the best person to write about this subject mater. But, The Sacrifice is a raw, real read.
Jan 04, Mary Crawford rated it really liked it. Sybilla a 15 year old black young woman is found in a basement, smeared with faeces, racist slurs written on her body and allegedly raped. This novel is based on a real story and is told from many points of view. Who and why anyone is sacrificed is developed throughout the story and adds to the difficulty of how and why decisions are made and for whose benefit. Men do not come out of this novel in a good light. A difficult read in terms of right and wrong, discrimination, poverty and motherly Sybilla a 15 year old black young woman is found in a basement, smeared with faeces, racist slurs written on her body and allegedly raped.
A difficult read in terms of right and wrong, discrimination, poverty and motherly love. Read and decide for yourself. Readers also enjoyed.