Jul 03, 08
Recommended to Elizabeth by:
Heard an old interview with Welty on NPR.
Read in March, 2008
Many other reviews have accurately described this as a book of human foibles, but a successful story built on human foibles has to either have an element of possibility or writing that is strong enough that you don't focus on the ludicrous behavior and situations in which the story's characters find themselves. Welty's more serious works showcase an writer who I thought would have pulled off a style of comedic writing that could keep you so engrossed that the ridiculous plot of The Ponder Heart would not be a distraction. I was disappointed that this was not the case. It you are looking for lighthearted stories I would recommend Mark Twain over The Ponder Heart any day; and if you have never read Welty's other works, then this would not be the piece to start with. Anyone who has read The Optimist's Daughter will be disappointed.