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A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor
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May 05, 2012

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Read in May, 2012 , read count: 1

An early novella by Taylor (1950), better known for his short stories. Set in 1920's St Louis, the climatic event is very 1950's - in fact it is very 19th C in its view of the fragile, "nervous" wealthy female. I love short works, but this could have used some filling out, it felt like some events were just dropped without the further development they could have used. What I like most about the work, and a signature point of Taylor's style, is the leisurely 1st person narrative which only shares what he has seen, and the reader gets to "discover" events and an understanding of them at the narrator's pace.

I gave this 3 stars, but 3.5 would be more like it - I do enjoy Taylor's prose and love to dip into his collections of short stories for an evening. May be a bit too old fashioned for some.

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