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Poor White by Sherwood Anderson
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Oct 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: realistic-fiction
Read in September, 2010 — I own a copy

It seems everything I've read about Sherwood Anderson rates Winesburg, Ohio as Anderson's best work, but I like Poor White better. Like Winesburg, the plot is strongly rooted in the internal struggles of the characters. While Winesburg is a series of character studies, Poor White takes us along on the journey of Hugh McVey as he grows from a dazed social outcast to an unwitting mover and shaker of commerce, from the 1890s into the 20th century. Like life 100 or so years ago, the story moves along at a slow pace, but every bit of time I spent reading it felt like time I was unplugged or off the grid. And yet, I could sense the modern world looming over the characters, and I wondered who would be liberated and who would be crushed. Period novel (1920), very enriching read.
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