Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

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  • Title: Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780330330770
  • Page: 401
  • Format: None
  • The time is the 1950s The place is a blue collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates strongest and most unsparing novel yet often engrossing, often shocking evocation of femaThe time is the 1950s The place is a blue collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates strongest and most unsparing novel yet often engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit Here, then, are the Foxfire chronicles the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last It is the story of Maddy Monkey, who writes itof Goldie, whose womanly body masks a fierce, explosive temperof Lana, with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfieldsof timid Rita, whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on the edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion.The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex But then the gang s very success leads to disaster as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel s greatest power the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together especially that between Maddy, the teller ofthe tale, and Legs, whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction.

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    1. I love this book so much that I find it difficult to write about it without gushing. I mean, there is the obvious reason why, which is that it's about a girl gang that targets predatory men and boys - and of course, horrible pet shops - with a sense of prefeminist vengeance. Feminist vigilantism appeals to me on this base, primal level, even if I have problems with violence in general. The book said a lot about the time and place in which everything took place. The sharp class divides, the socia [...]

    2. Foxfire is the book that impacted me the most in Middle school. Take that as you must, but I'm happy to see that, unlike The Catcher in the Rye, it holds up reading it with adult eyes. Of course, now, 10 years older than the last time I read it, I find issues with some of the characters I loved as a teenager, but I can see a desperation and naivete I couldn't see before. This book is one of many that cements Oates into the the hall of fame of awesome American writers.

    3. Foxfire never says die.I have a Tattoo, based from this Book and the Movie that followed,at starred Angelina Jolie. ;)It's the story of a group of misfit girls, who fight back. Yes, they are a girl gang, but they aren't the offshoot of a boy gang. They aren't the girls of some local hoods. They are the ones running the show.You are my Heart, Joyce. Foxfire Forever.

    4. If rock'n'roll is your ideal, then this is a book you want to read. Not that Foxfire deals explicitly with music at any point, but Oates is able to distill that same electricity.The story is set in the 50s, but, except for a few scattered cultural markers, it could just as easily be set in the contemporary moment. And I read it in that context. Nothing felt put on, or "for show." I've known women like the characters in this book, including some close friends I've gotten to know over the years. T [...]

    5. If I wasn’t reading this for a book club it would have been a hard DNF at about 30%. But I’m glad I finished it because it turns out it was fun to discuss it even if it wasn’t fun to read. I don’t like stream of consciousness writing; it always seems to me to be more interesting for the author than for the reader, and this was a case in point. The idea sounded good: a girl gang with a charismatic leader running rampant in 1950s upstate New York. Unfortunately the execution was pretty dul [...]

    6. Com este livro senti o que costumam dizer sobre certas bebidas: primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se. Comecei de forma lenta, mas termino bem mais "agarrada" a este romance que não segue a estrutura habitual.Personagens fortes, a "Pernas" e a Maddy, não serão facilmente esquecidas.

    7. Le titre et la quatrième de couverture me donnaient envie. Le nom de l'autrice ne m'était pas inconnu, et je savais son engagement féministe. Avec ce livre, elle signe un hommage fort aux filles et aux femmes, à celles qu'on ne défend pas, à celles qu'on laisse de côté, à celles qui tentent de survivre, seules. Elle bâtit un gang de filles, d'adolescentes dures, qu'on imagine tout en angles, des filles qui ne veulent plus s'en laisser compter, qui revendiquent leur place dans ce monde [...]

    8. This is a really fun and exciting read, my favorite JCO work thus far. Here, Joyce Carol Oates is at her best. With such a young cast of characters Oates is at full liberty to show the smooth transition between social marginalization in childhood and an adult life that was far from ideal, a life of thievery. The links between poverty, social marginalization, institutionalization, and crime are clear to those who have experienced them. Never have I found a work of fiction that combines all these [...]

    9. La gran literatura tiene algo que te cautiva y te conmueve y te calienta los huesos. Así es "Puro fuego".

    10. I absolutely loved this book with its great characters of Maddy-Monkey and Legs Sadovsky. Often written in Oates' semi-stream-of-consciousness style (with the attendant lack of punctuation), it takes the reader on a wild adolescent ride with (as always) some points of social commentary along the way. It certainly provides its own irreverant take on "the sisterhood is powerful." As was the case with Oates' "Man Crazy" (though perhaps, I think, a little less so), this book may not be to everyone's [...]

    11. Son chicas y viven en la zona marginal de la ciudad a inicios de los cincuenta. Son niñas y han visto los horrores de los hombres intentando abusar de ellas y atacarlas. Deciden crear una banda de chicas, una sociedad de hermanas de sangre, una hermandad en la que se tomarán la justicia por su mano, se ayudarán las unas a las otras y se darán una razón de ser. Y la artífice de todo esto, la abanderada será Legs Sadovsky, uno de esos personajes cercanos y misteriosos, un espíritu libre qu [...]

    12. Not quite 4 stars, more 3.5 ish. I liked the movie and then read the book. Ah, back then Angelina was so hot. Between Foxfire, Gia, and Hackers, I was smitten. Now her face annoys me. Go away already, Angelina.Got off on a tangent. I remember the book being decent, if not entirely believable. This "gang of girls" was not intimidating whatsoever imo. And like with the movie, I wanted more overt examination of the queerness.

    13. Was torn between giving this a 3 or a 4 Decided to go with the 4, as it's probably better than this God awful Portuguese translation.

    14. Foxfire is a book that read itself. At first, I found the choppy stream-of-consciousness style hard to deal with. I had to re-read the first few pages several times. But after the first third, or so, I began to get a feel for the odd prose style. The run-on sentences, capital letters, and lack of punctuation dragged my eye across the page and made the book very difficult to put down. I read most of the last two hundred pages in a single sitting and can’t remember the last time I finished a boo [...]

    15. Gaypede Book Club Pick FebruaryI have had a bit of time to think after hearing opinions at book club, and sadly I am still the odd man out. Within the first few pages I knew that the writing style wasn't for me. Those who know me know I am pretty Type A, and my brain likes things nice, neat, and logical. There are a few writers who can still engage me when they are jumping all over the place as long as I can see why. This for some reason was not one of those books. Another large problem that I j [...]

    16. Foxfire, a quirky, young novel about the fight against violence towards women and animals, the fight for emancipation. Foxfire shows a first hand account on the struggle young girls faced during the 50's and 60's in America. I thought this novel was a very interesting read and informative of what a girl was faced with growing up in a lower middle class in New York State especially the day to day sexism. The book left me feeling blessed to be growing up in such a developed era for women, even tho [...]

    17. i wanted to like this a lot more than i actually did in the end. content-wise, it checks all the boxes - vigilante girl gangs, a fierce heroine, sisterhood, etc - but the stream-of-consciousness narrative style drags, and the plot meanders and explores too many sidestories (all while foreshadowing a big event throughout much of the book). for sure, the book has its good moments: the narration can be poetic, the characters admirable, and the sidestories endearing. i loved the rituals of the girl [...]

    18. Yo no sé como vine a dar con este libro exactamente, leí el nombre de la autora alguna vez en algún sitio que no recuerdo, sitio pagina virtual, supongo que lo apunte en una de las tantas listas de libros y autores que tengo y que me llevo conmigo hasta la Patagonia pero que nunca saco para leer cuales son los autores o títulos que me interesan, así que en ese sitio donde venden los libros más baratos del mundo, me pille a Joyce Carol Oates y sí, mi memoria es pésima, pero yo quería lee [...]

    19. Really liked this one. It was like an all-girl version of Fight Club, set in 1950s New York. Strong female characters who are determined, and relentless, and stick to their convictions. They are teenagers, so some of their ideas aren't the brightest, but the core of the story is female empowerment in the face of sexism, and going against societal norms.

    20. Every now and then you find an atmosphere created by a story like this that is so fresh and exciting and raw, so niche and unique, that it completely swallows you whole and drowns you in its presence, where it's all you can think about for days and weeks, wishing and wanting hopelessly to be back within its pages. I absolutely fell in love with this book, it didn't take long actually, (by the end of the back cover in the bookstore I had already given it my heart). It soon became everything I had [...]

    21. Foxfire is an all out book of girl empowerment and feminism. Taken place in the 50’s and 60’s shortly after the 2nd World War. This book is written through the perspective of Maddy, who is 15 at the time the story is told and you later find out is an astronomer’s assistant reliving the days, and often switches points of view. It took place a lower class setting next to an upper class society. Much like the views of a city on a hill. Foxfire is a gang in the lower class society, but the fir [...]

    22. Foxfire is set in the 1950s, in a fictional city in New York. The girls living in this town are young, but they have already seen some of the horrors of the world they live in. The book is very purposely placed in the poorer parts of town, and the girls all come from lower class families who are all dealing with some pretty big issues, like abuse and alcoholism. This main setting is accompanied by the secondary setting of the richer families’ large homes. These contrasting settings mirror the [...]

    23. Overall, I liked this book and found the characters believable and the story engaging.I liked Legs and Maddy. The other characters weren’t developed enough for me to have feelings for, aside from pity for Rita, but not the sympathy or heartache you might have for someone you know or care about.Legs was my favorite character. She was independent, stoic, and headstrong, but still had the naivety and impulses of a teenager. She was a girl unchecked by adult reason or reassurance. She created her [...]

    24. Joyce Carol Oates tries to break many gender stereotypes in the novel Foxfire; a girl gang that targets men and boys with violence and strength. The girls, Maddie, Legs, Goldie, Rita and Lana work together to seek revenge on the men in their lives who do them wrong. The novel was surprising due to the fact the girls go completely against the image society portrays for women while trying to fight for feminism.Though the plot and story line were interesting and easy to follow, it is the poor depic [...]

    25. Surprisingly, I very much so enjoyed reading 'Foxfire' by Joyce Carol Oates. At times, perhaps the themes and underlining meanings were a little repetitive, but overall I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This novel is set in the 1950's-1960's and shows the harsh and unfair times that women were forced to live in. This novel is shows the adventure of some teenage girls who decide to fight what they believe in, through means of radical physical and emotional abuse. Legs, Maddy, Rita and Goldie [...]

    26. This novel is a fictionalized account of an all-female gang that forms in a working class community in upstate New York. The gang, Foxfire, is founded by a group of girls who've all suffered alientation and lack of parental attention. The girls share a sense of being alienated and restricted from any sort of real social benefits or meaningful relationships becuase of their age, gender, economic status, and family situation. The gang is formed, and begins, by using public humilation and minor vio [...]

    27. Foxfire was thought provoking, infuriating, interesting and eye opening. This book was very different from what I have ever read before and therefore I felt that I wasn't going to like it all. The book was narrated by a women called Maddy who was looking back on her journals she had kept when she was part of a girl gang called Foxfire. I found it relatively difficult for me to read the more violent scenes in the novel because I am very opposed to violence of any kind and generally speaking belie [...]

    28. I found Foxfire to be a very thought provoking novel. I would not suggest this book to younger kids or to anyone who does not like violence. I am mature enough to handle this kind material although even for me I found the content to be more graphic then I expected. Although I believe that this is what the author intended. As the message she was trying to convey was of women empowerment and to show that the reader must understand why it was needed. That is why these girls had to deal with the tra [...]

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