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With Commentary by Sherwood Anderson, Rebecca West, and Hart Crane
"From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : June 14, 2012
- File size : 935 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)
- Print length : 308 pages
- ASIN : B00A7356N6
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #164,480 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My ignorance of classic American Literature is boundless, so I'd never heard of Sherwood Anderson. The idea of a new classic book appealed to me so I picked up Anderson's most famous work, "Winesburg, Ohio".
"Winesburg, Ohio" is a series of linked short stories about the residents of Winesburg. It was published in 1919, the same year as Virginia Woolf's "Night and Day" and P.G. Wodehouse's "My Man Jeeves" yet it reads as if it had been written a century earlier.
The premise of "Winesburg, Ohio" is very similar to Elizabeth Strout's "Anything Is Possible": each story builds on a central cast of characters and their influence on each other's fate is revealed.
The writing is very different. "Anything Is Possible" paints deeply nuanced, intense portraits of the personal landscapes of individuals who know each other."Winesburg, Ohio" feels like a set of sketches drawn with stubs of pencil, full of energy but rudely formed.
The writing is long-winded, self-consciously portentous and consistently remains at a distance from the minds of the protagonists.
At first, I thought I might be seeing a sort of text-version of Fauvism - all the passion with none of the form.
As I read on I put that idea aside and saw the book as a poorly constructed rant against the people in small-town Ohio, who the author sees a being driven insane by truths that have turned sour by being held on to too tightly. The author's voice is so all persuasive that his agenda and passions shine more brightly than any of the characters in the book.
To me, this book can serve only two purposes: as an historical artefact to show how far the American Novel has evolved, or as an instrument of torture to be used to turn Highschool kids off the idea of reading to themselves.
I can imagine essays being written about the emergence of post-rural America and the shifts in mores as small towns forsake their frontier history and try to embrace the modern. It's all there but it's not all good.
It seems to me that Sherwood Anderson is a polemicist with no real talent for storytelling.
This is a great example of a book that is a classic because it's a hundred years old and has been kept in print by the school curriculum long after it has lost any popular appeal.
For anyone who enjoys a short story collection and a coming of age novel, this work nicely combines the two elements with stories that are funny, tragic and surprising. I definitely am happy I bought it and will read this again after my mind wraps around it.
Winesburg is a small town in Ohio, where the people are 'grotesques' as a certain old man called the other people in town. They all have their personal demons, they are flawed, imperfect and troubled. Could be said the town is the healthiest character in the book.
This book by Sherwood Anderson is said to have influenced other writers and helped them to be better writers. It was also noted, in later years Sherwood tried to continue writing with the kind of style he had used in Winesburg, Ohio, but failed; and critics, editors, readers were disappointed; he'd lost touch with the inner demon muse who assisted him into tapping in on the eccentricities.
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A wonderful book by one of Americas Poets and more than worth the few pence to have it on your Kindle!
One strange feature of this Kindle edition is that it is described as "illustrated" - and it is - but not with pictures relating to America in the early 20th century - but with unlabelled reproductions in full colour of 17th/18th ladies from the courts of Kings Louis XIV and/or XV. Perhaps they're intended to emphasise the themes of oddity & dislocation in the writing.