“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Monday, December 5, 2011

Readathon Post Number Three

This is supposed to be over with, but as Wide Awake Jake says I am slow, surly, and contrary, it took me over a day to finish what should have been done yesterday.

I loved Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.  The book is about the people of a small town in Ohio after the Civil War and before industrialization, and how their strong narrow concentration on specific truths make them self destructive, and/or lonely, and/or out of touch with reality.  The narrator calls them grotesques.   I saw how this book influenced Ann Petry when she wrote A Country Place.  That book is also about a small town and people who live in close proximity to others who are quietly struggling and trying to figure out what to do next.  Ann Petry's town is in Connecticut.  I thought quiet struggle was a mid-western way of doing things.  A Country Place is set after World War II.  Both are coming of age stories that involve moving away from the familiar to the unknown.

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