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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America. . . . It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life-like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own," wrote H.L. Mencken, speaking of Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," Anderson, he said, is "America's Most Distinctive Novelist." "Windy McPherson's Son," Anderson's 1916 first novel, concerns a b ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1916)
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Peter
Good, though somewhat predictable and less than fully convincing rags to riches story. Sam McPherson is driven, from a young age, toward business success. He finds success, but of course fails to find happiness, and also discovers that his money and power can't change the lives of everyday people when he finally once he finally looks out for someone other than himself. The implausible domestic bliss he finally achieves at the end also strains credulity in what is supposedly a realist novel. The ...more
Valerie
I really liked this book. It is depressing in that it is a portrait of small town poverty in early 1900's. The drunken father contributes nothing but shame to his family, while his young wife slaves away trying to feed her children, ultimately working herself into an early grave. The only joy is that the son is a beam brilliance in an otherwise not so shining town.
Steve
Sherwood Anderson's first novel. A not too subtle social morality tale, but one that serves well for today. The cautions against the evils of corporate greed still resonate. His feelings on socialism are interestingly indifferent, but conclusions on the power and importance of the family are predictable.
Mike
Jul 25, 2007 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Good Stuff
As always, I appreciate those that document their own time and place.

The romance, oh, the romance. It seems so corny and out-dated, but, the fiercely heart-felt and almost embarassingly honest soliloquys of Sam McPherson rank among the best in American literature.
Jim Pozenel
Says much in few words. It's surprising how short the book is (235 page as an ebook) yet it tells such a thoroughly detailed story about the characters. Great writing.
Windy
Jun 09, 2009 Windy marked it as to-read
Perhaps the only book ever written that includes a character named Windy. Of course, this Windy happens to be a man, but that's only a small detail.
Theo!
One of Anderson's lesser known books. Of course, it seems all of Anderson's books are his lesser known books...
That has to change!
Colin
Sensitive and angry, but trying not to be? - Anderson's M.O.
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Sherwood Anderson was an American writer who was mainly known for his short stories, most notably the collection Winesburg, Ohio. That work's influence on American fiction was profound, and its literary voice can be heard in Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck, Erskine Caldwell and others.

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