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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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Sep 27, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-general-fiction
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Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson, Narrated by a full cast, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

I have heard about this book most of my adult life but until now have missed reading this little treasure, written in 1919. It is on the 1001 books to read before you die, list and is considered one of the earliest works of modern fiction as we know it today. Through 23 connected short stories, the author looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland. In a simple and intense
style, these psychological portraits of the sensitive and imaginative of Winesburg's population are seen through the eyes of a young reporter-narrator,
George Willard. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon.
With Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson charted a new direction in American fiction, evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet moments of epiphany in the lives
of ordinary men and women.

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