George Bush is President; a lot of Democrats are vying for position to run against him. However, the Senator, though never named, is recognizable not only as a certain politician from a big political family with a lot of money but also as a certain modern type, the man with power and charisma on the prowl for susceptible women. He could be any one of half a dozen newsworthy men of the recent past, and in fact the question of who this particular fictional Senator is, though we will inevitably think of The One, is finally irrelevant. For "Black Water" is about the passenger on that fatal journey. She is Kelly Kelleher, baptismal name Elizabeth Anne.
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Shelves: the-list The firs time I heard about the so-called Chappaquiddick incident was in college. On their way to the ferry, Ted Kennedy accidentally drove the car off the road and into Poucha Pond.
The car landed upside down underwater, and although Kennedy was able to escape the car, Kopechne was not. Kennedy claimed he tried to swim to the car several times to help her, but was unable to reach her. After that, he walked away from the accident site, and the car was discovered the next morning by fishermen who then called the police.
Here are the creepy facts and suspicious circumstances: After trying unsuccessfully to reach the car, Ted Kennedy went back to the party, got several of his friends, and they returned to the site and tried to reach the car. At no point during these events did he ever contact the police to tell them what had happened.
According to John Farrar, the diver who retrieved her body: "It looked as if she were holding herself up to get a last breath of air. It was a consciously assumed position.
She died of suffocation in her own air void. It took her at least three or four hours to die. Oates goes for the obvious and most sinister explanations possible: of course her Kopechne stand-in, Kelly, is a wide-eye and naive idealist with a hefty dose of daddy issues and little romantic experience. Quick and galvanizing as an electric shock. And of course he not only leaves Kelly behind in the car, but actually kicks her away in his haste to escape. Oates has this gift for inspiring outrage on behalf of the supposed villain of her historical retellings.
Black Water was like that. Could we have a little ambiguity, please? There are so many more questions there: when he tried to swim down to the car, did he think Kelly was alive? How, when he was walking back to the party, did he not see any lights from nearby houses and try to call for help there? Why did he call his friend first and not the police? What was going through his mind after he had escaped the car? I wanted to read that story, I realized.
Extra high quality OCR Some brief overview of this book Joyce Carol Oates has taken a shocking story that has become an American myth and, from it, has created a novel of electrifying power and illumination. Kelly Kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old good girl when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, this soon-to-be-lover. Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bight and brave women, drawn to the power that certain men command - at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare; in a tragic care ride that we hope against hope will not end as we know it must end. One of the acknowleged masters of American fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.
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Shelves: the-list The firs time I heard about the so-called Chappaquiddick incident was in college. On their way to the ferry, Ted Kennedy accidentally drove the car off the road and into Poucha Pond. The car landed upside down underwater, and although Kennedy was able to escape the car, Kopechne was not. Kennedy claimed he tried to swim to the car several times to help her, but was unable to reach her.