zut, alors! i don't even know where to begin. i had such a complicated reaction to this book. am i the only person who didn't find this depressing?? this book is life - it is tender and gentle and melancholy and real. not everything works out according to plan here, but what ever does? that's not necessarily depressing, it's just a reality that can either be moped over and dwelled upon, or accepted and moved on from. this is the emotional truth of life - we don't understand our urges, we make ba...more
My sister and I blamed it on the utter soul-crushingness of the Midwest ambience, of Ohio itself. We used to, as kids, call it O-hell-o. We'd repeat that line from...more
My apologies to you, goodreads bandwagon...you're going to have to make room for one more. This book is bittersweet like therapy, like sweating out a lifetime's worth of drugs and drink in a mentholly sauna-room, like looking through a photo album from a decade or so ago when you thought you knew who you were but you had no idea...and still probably don't. Well, neither do the folks in Winesburg, Ohio. I loved, sympathized with and related to each individual, even...more
A man and woman meet at a bar. They begin to talk and learn that each has trouble staying in long-term relationships because their sexual tastes are considered deviant. Excited, they decide to return to the woman’s apartment. After a bit of heavy petting, the woman excuses herself to her bedroom, promising to return wearing something more appropriate. Minutes pass and the woman emerges from her room in dominatrix attire to find the man nude, spent and smoking a cigarette. Ince...more
‘Man of ordinary constitution,
was not the flesh a fruit hanging in the orchard?’ – Arthur Rimbaud
The stories in Winesburg, Ohio were composed over a series of inky summer nights amidst a plague of fireflies by a young Ray Bradbury and Flannery O’Connor while under an umbrella of hovering opium clouds. They used the pseudonym Sherwood (possibly because Ray ‘sure had wood’) Anderson (it was rumored that O’Connor was seeded at the time and that a ‘son’ was born; a grote...more
I loved its drab mood, and existential feel.
I loved the descriptive writing, and the small town, midwest setting, with the seasons and people changing, but life in general, staying the same.
I loved the wild brilliance to the endings.
More than anything, and what made this novel truly special to me, was its insight into the raw emotions and psychological underpinnings of people's inner worlds. Reading this felt like peering into human nature.
I loved the depth of character...more
Hey, Winesburg, Ohio. You got a minute? There’s something I want to talk to you about.
Look, we’ve been reading each other for a few weeks now, and I think we’ve both had a good time. I’m glad we decided to move slowly. You’re a collection of short stories and, however linked those stories were, I wanted to take the time to appreciate each one. It seemed like the right thing to do. And it was. You're an amazing book, full of passion and life, an old-fashioned kind of gal. Really charming...more
A) Fall in love with a girl
B) This might be hard to arrange by yourself, but the girl has to move away from you- but not because you split or anything
C) Stay away from her for a while
D) Save up your money devotedly (i.e. stop smoking for a week) so you can afford to go visit her.
E) Take a 7 hour bus ride to where she resides, which may or not be a hippy/freak/ar...more
A couple of years later (2012. Okay, a few years later.), after a re-read:
"Many people must live and die alone, even in Winesburg."
There is no way to make my original one star reaction after the first reading of this book meet up with my present feelings about it. Is it because I was in a different place in my life a few years ago? Is it because I'm impatient with books that sometimes have a slow wind-up? Is it because, we...more
Anyone can read this book and call it beautiful, moving, insightful, etc. But someone who reads this and then continues to snub the "common" man for no reason other than boredom, a perceived...more
The common problem in these stories is that the characters in Winesburg feel too much, and they don't know how to articulate their sudden flashes of vivid insight. So that fervor gets turned inward, and the energy of those feelings gnarls the person until he or she becomes grotesque: The Winesburg resid...more
Anderson's influence on both Faulkner and Hemingway is very clear. He's got a deft hand with characterization, but he's not quite the craftsman that Faulkner would prove to be...his jumps in time feel like boo-boos, not choices. And he's not quite the storyteller Hemingway would prove to be, miring himself in the quotidian and missing the many opportunities to universalize his characters' angst the way ol' Ernie did.
I long to see an "American Masterpiece Theatre" created, an...more
Okay, fine, I didn't like it.
I believe I had a crisis of faith whilst reading Winesburg, Ohio. One of the bestest reasons for GR is that I've been exposed to writers that I'd never heard of and to reviews that made me sit up and say 'To the library, NOW' and I really wanted to believe that I'd benefit from reading this. I really did.
So, uh... what went wrong? Where is this crisis of faith? Okay, maybe not faith---maybe foundation is a better word. See, I always sort of thought of myself as an...more
I apologise for my lack of originality, but I need to steal karen's perfect summarisation of this book: "this book is life - it is tender and gentle and melancholy and real. not everything works out according to plan here, but what ever does?"
There is no better way to put it than that. Winesburg, Ohio is a collection of short stories about the inhabitants of the small town of Winesburg, it is a very real story about the lives of "normal" people. Those people who work hard every day of their l...more
Winesburg, Ohio is a work of fiction, but has no real plot. That is not to say it is about nothing or is just an exercise in style or imagery. In a series of short chapters, the book paints portraits of several of the people in the ficti...more
A solid collection of downbeat, succinctly written, psychologically astute short stories set during the early twentieth century in a miserable Midwestern U.S. town, still trying to reconcile its old-fashioned ways with the looming influence of industrialization. We are given many brief vignettes detailing key points and thoughts in the lives of numerous citizens, refracting the full spectrum of human experience through a prism of elegiac gloom. Dreams are dashed, desires are awakened then thwart...more
Ok, in my "You'll Love This One" group we are having a classics 'TBR Toppler.' So I finally got around to this. And loved it.
But the first thing I need to say is that this Edition* is Horrible! Typos abound, includ'ing more than one life -> fife and lots and lots of in-tact line breaks in the mid-dle of the line that totally inter-rupt the flow of the r...more
Sherwood Anderson comes full circle with each short story that makes up the 1919 classic “Winesburg, Ohio”, a collection that has influenced a number of great twentieth century writers, from Updike to Faulkner, from Carver to Franzen. What’s amazing is the average length of each story is around six pages, but Anderson was such a clear and precise writer, also a writer that understood human behavior, and whos's prose was ah...more
When I actually read it, however, i was slightly disappointed. The book is composed of many short stories about the citizens of a small town named, you guessed it, Winesburg, Ohio.
The short stories are all very interesting and quite beautiful. My complaint is that I wanted to get to know the characters more. I wanted more, dammit!
I felt like there were too many loose ends, too many unanswered...more
The main "character" is the town of Winesburg itself, with all it represents in terms of thwarted dreams, isolation, small-town restle...more
David, you better be right this time. I don't want to be stranded in the middle of the night with another horror like that Jewish...more
It's a novel and/or a series of short st...more
Sometimes I encounter books, usually short story collections, that are separate stories but are interwoven. This is one of them. The stories take place in the same town, the fictional Winesburg,Ohio but rarely do they overlap. The only real unifying factor is a character by the name of George Willard, who shows up in each...more
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