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Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
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Oct 14, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-short-stories
read count: twice

Porter, Katherine Anne. PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER. (1939). *****. The three short novels that comprise this collection, in addition to the title story, include “Old Mortality,” and “Noon Wine.” They are all three excellent examples of story-telling at its very best. “Old Mortality” traces the life of Amy, a long-dead aunt of the two young girls who tell her story – or reassemble it – over a period of years. “Noon Wine,” – my favorite of the three – tells of the relationship between a farming family in Texas and an iterant worker from North Dakota that becomes symbiotic over the years, but ends violently when the specter from the worker’s past turns up. “Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” tells the story of a young woman just at the end of WW I, who falls in love with a soldier about to be sent to the front, but at the same time as she contracts influenza. It’s difficult – if not impossible – to recap the plots of these tales, since it is Ms Porter’s imagery that makes them so memorable. Highly recommended.
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