The Leaning Tower And Other Stories
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Hardcover, 246 pages
Published 1944 by Harcourt, Brace and Co.
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Steve
As I was finishing Katherine Anne Porter’s remarkable story, “Holiday,” I wondered about the deforming illness that one of the characters, “Ottilie,” was suffering from. By accident I bumped into a 1995 New York Times essay on Porter, my novelist Mary Gordon (see link below). I still haven’t found out what happened to Ottilie, but the provocatively titled essay by Gordon, “The Angel of Malignity: The Cold Beauty of Katherine Anne Porter,” captured many of my quickly coalescing thoughts on Porter...more
Tony
Porter, Katherine Anne. THE LEANING TOWER and Other Stories. (1944). *****. The five short novels that comprise this collection of Ms. Porter’s works are each of them memorable for long after you finish them. The titles are” The Old Order, The Downward Path to Wisdom, A Day’s Work, Holiday, and, the title story, The Leaning Tower. Each story explores different themes, but each reveals secrets of the human mind as reflected in the actions of the characters. My favorite was The Leaning Tower, whic...more
Kevin Kosar
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Porter's nine stories focus on very different people in very diverse settings, including former slaves in rural post-bellum south, an urban Irish husband and wife, and a young American artist in Wiemar Berlin. Poverty, strife, and suffering are recurring themes.

Porter's book is especially interesting to me because so much of the world she describes is gone. Reading these short stories engaged my imagination and lifted me out of 2011.

Although th...more
Barbara
What I said on fb is what I stand by. She reminds me of a weirdo mix between Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor and Joyce Carol Oates. But without the full-on gothicness of JCO. I think the best one of this collection is The Leaning Tower as it captures the tensions between the two wars in Germany. I liked the Grave in college, bur it's less wow now. Might read more of hers, but later. Her terseness kind of bothers me. Which is hardly surprsing. Probably wait on Amer. Lit books for a bit. Think...more
Chelsea
I may not have read every single story, but I read the title one, and a few more––enough to know it's a solid 4. Very spare prose, not so gothic for being southern, but then again she moved to nyc relatively young...
Diane
I enjoyed these short stories. The first few were about the same family over a number of years.
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Katherine Anne Porter was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. She is known for her penetrating insight; her works deal with dark themes such as betrayal, death and the origin of human evil.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherin...
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