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My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2008; vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Joyce Carol Oates (Tekijä)

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The unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an infamous American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny expose of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike
Kirjailijat:Joyce Carol Oates (Tekijä)
Info:Ecco (2008), Edition: 1, 576 pages
Kokoelmat:Fiction, Oma kirjasto (inactive)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 31) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The Jon-Benet Ramsey murder case is the inspiration for this sordid dysfunctional family story, as narrated by the little girl/murder victim's older brother, Skyler. Not favored by his parents, and even labelled a murder suspect in some quarters, outcast Skyler struggles to make sense of the disintegration of his family after his ice-skater sister's early death and his own incarceration in mental hospitals. His wealthy parents are repulsive: over-the-top ignorant, insensitive and self-centered, and their status-conscious neighbors and associates in their upscale New Jersey town aren't much better.

The narrative is both sad and oddly fascinating at the same time. It also could have been at least 100 pages shorter. ( )
  akblanchard | Jun 15, 2021 |
> Un conte de fées qui se transforme en murder party, voilà la trame de ce roman magistral où l'on pénètre dans les coulisses d'une famille détruite par sa propre vanité. --L'Express

> Petite soeur, mon amour, par Joyce carol Oates
Par André CLAVEL, publié le 26/11/2011 à 11:00
En 1996, une jeune starlette lauréate de plusieurs concours de beauté fut retrouvée étranglée dans la cave de sa maison, au Colorado. S'inspirant de ce fait divers sordide, Joyce Carol Oates met en scène un couple assez détraqué dont la petite fille, métamorphosée en Barbie pailletée et sexy, deviendra championne de patinage avant d'être assassinée dans la chaufferie de sa maison… Un conte de fées qui se transforme en murder party, voilà la trame de ce roman magistral où l'on pénètre dans les coulisses d'une famille détruite par sa propre vanité, au coeur d'une Amérique avide de sensations : les Atrides en version Disney, avec une petite patineuse dans le rôle de la victime expiatoire. --L'Express
  Joop-le-philosophe | Jan 20, 2021 |
(59) Wow. This was mesmerizing. Tortured. This is obviously based on the unsolved child-murder of Jon Benay Ramsey. The poor little blonde girl that did child modeling and was found in her house murdered with no sign of a home invasion; rich parents; and a crazy ransom note - it is all in here. Including the tabloid hell that the older son finds himself in after it all goes down. And this older son, Skyler Rampike, is amazingly characterized - the desperation, the loneliness, the pathos, the bitter irony, the footnotes! It is brilliant. Indeed, a hint of postmodernism (blacked out words, splotched pages, different fonts) and satire which I usually hate - but Oates pulls it off and it only adds to the outrageousness of the novel, not detracts.

I forget sometimes what an incredible writer Joyce Carol Oates is as I have both loathed earlier novels (them, Wonderland) thought some just OK (We were the Mulvaneys, The tattooed Girl) and absolutely LOVED others - such as this, 'Belllefleur,' and 'Black Water.' The frenetic writing of Skyler is virtuoso like. Both bitingly funny (oh, the playdates and gymnastics!) almost empathetically mocking - the fragile self-esteem of 'Mummy' and the way the upper class creepily use their children's success as their own status symbols. As much as my life DOES NOT resemble Bix and Mummy's - it still hit home in a way. Right? We all inadvertently damage our children. Oates is such a keen observer of our society - just nails it!

I could go on and on. Perhaps a 1/2 star off for a bit of a tawdry subject matter and itsy-bitsy font on the footnotes that hurt my eyes. But overall - fantastic! One of the best novels I have read in quite some time. I need make more time for Oates in my reading life. ( )
3 ääni jhowell | Dec 29, 2018 |
"I've made myself begin whatever this will be, some kind of personal document--a 'unique personal document'--not a mere memoir but (maybe) a confession. (Since in some quarters, Skyler Rampyke is a murder suspect you'd think I have plenty to confess,wouldn't you?) Fittingly, this document will not be chronological/linear but will follow a pathway of free association organized by an unswerving (if undetectable) interior logic: unliterary, unpretentious, disarmingly crude-amateur, guilt-ridden, appropriate to the 'survivor' who abandoned his six-year-old sister to her 'fate' sometime in the 'wee hours' of January 29, 1997, in our home in Fair Hills, New Jersey. Yes, I am that Rampike."

This book is Joyce Carol Oates's imagined version of the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder. In the book, Jon-Benet is Bliss Rampike, a precocious ice-skater who was murdered at the age of six in the basement of the family home. The story is narrated by Skyler Rampike, Bliss's brother, who was nine years old at the time of the murder, and who is telling the story ten years later.

The Rampike family is needless to say dysfunctional. Patsy Rampike could reasonably described as mentally ill, and her husband Bix is a philanderer who is usually missing in action.

Skyler describes life before Bliss, life during her brief period of fame, and most importantly Skyler narrates brilliantly the effects the murder had on the Rampike family, and in particular on him. While the parents were initially suspected of the murder, and Bliss had a stalker who may have been implicated in her murder, in large part the suspicions of guilt were directed to Skyler.

This is one of the best Oates books I have read. It is an incisive and dark pyschological study of two flawed individuals who should never have had children, and whose actions created deeply unhappy and disturbed children.

However, the book is not unceasingly bleak. In fact, substantial portions of it skewer the life styles of upwardly mobile social climbers. The descriptions of Skyler's disastrous "play-dates," organized by his mother to further her social ambitions are particularly funny. At least until we stop to consider how difficult these episodes must have been to Skyler. ( )
1 ääni arubabookwoman | Apr 24, 2017 |
My introduction to JCO was the paperback 'them' which had just come out some 40 years ago (by the way, she autographed that very book at last year's Book Fair in Vermont!). I have been an avid fan ever since (her incisive characterizations are like no one else's), even reading all of her psycho-mysteries that she pens under the pseudonym of 'Rosamond Smith'. It's just amazing to me how she can enter the mind/world of 'real' people ('Blonde'-MM, 'Black Water'-TK and M/JK) and make their lives so interesting and plausible, that you are captivated. For someone who has devoted her life to academia and writing, writing, writing, it just doesn't seem that she would have such a rich imagination to plunder but I'm so grateful that she has. Her most recent efforts that I've vastly enjoyed are 'The Falls' and 'The Gravedigger's Daughter'. 'My Sister, My Love' is among her very best. This portrait of the typical, American, dysfunctional family (an overworked cliche for sure, but so true) with a globe-trotting, philandering FATHER, a Jesus-loving, jealous, do-anything-for-my-daughter MOTHER, the lonely, intelligent, limping SON and, of course, the bed-wetting, slow-witted and yet endearing, miracle-on-ice DAUGHTER. This is not a family anyone to which anyone would want to belong, and yet one can't help but find them fascinating. The tabloid-reading public (including myself) could not get enough of the Ramsey family and it is such a sad, bewildering story, you can't but be glad you didn't live anywhere near them, for fear some of this dysfunction is catching. The tale is told by the SON these ten years after the murder and is filled with footnotes that are somtimes laugh-out-loud funny....And funny is not a word generally associated with JCO, AND, unlike 'real' life, the murderer is revealed. Despite the biting satire and rich prose, don't ever forget that you're in JCOLand and there is no dark quite like hers. Read it, and you won't be sorry...and if you are, you can always return to Nora Roberts...(this review was originally written on Amazon, several years ago!...G.) ( )
  Gemma. | Apr 27, 2013 |
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"...the depiction of Skyler gives the book its considerable power. His voice is a memorable portrait of contemporary American jetsam - sly, wounded, unruly, but oddly credible. "
 
"She is a formidable writer, of course, and there are flashes of her at her hard-hitting best.

. . . But it is hard to warm to the book as a whole."
 
"My Sister, My Love" is an illuminating critique of media madness and all the shallowness that makes it go: misplaced parental ambitions and messed-up marriages (Skyler finds a used condom in Daddy's Jeep); religious faith for convenience and drugs that cover the pain (mostly prescription); a society so addicted to celebrity that it's easy to forget the ordinary folks who matter to us.

Most important, "My Sister, My Love" reminds us that the "Tabloid Hell" has not only become part of the air we breathe but also, as Pogo would have it, we've met the enemy, and it is us.
 

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The unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an infamous American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny expose of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.

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