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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Subtle, Resonating Stories, 22 April 1999
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"The Golden Apples" is one of the five best short story collections I've read. Welty's description of character, and its transformation throughout life (it's almost like an episodic novel) is subtle, humorous, and moving. Her style is poetic yet lucid, perfect for the emotionally complex situations she describes. The citizens of Morgana, Mississippi, with all their virtues, flaws and perversities, reminded me of Anderson's "Winesberg, Ohio." But Welty's eye seems defter, deeper, less given to easy pay-off and caricature. Similarly, she is superior to Flannary O'Connor because her tales deal with the nuances of everyday events rather than thunder-and-lightning epiphanies.
Dive into this swirling, invigorating pool and have your views of people and the world changed, as were mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A golden achievement., 22 Oct 2012
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These stories are truly remarkable. Eudora Welty left her early Mississippi home for higher educationand a more cosmopolitan life on the east coast of America. This allows her to bring to these superficially simple tales of the fictional community of Morgana a level and depth of meaning and sometimes a strikingly apt allusiveness. However, the stories scarcely need these additional layers of meaning and reference to compel our attention. She writes beautifully, informed by a keen eye for the particularities of the landscape and its flora and fauna and with great depth of understanding of the people who are shaped by their natural surroundings. There is little drama. Almost all is implicit and all the more powerful for it. It is difficult to pick a story that stands out, though the longest - June Recital- first introduces the most memorable of her characters: Virgie Rainey, who re-appears many years later in the final story, subtlely, yet profoundly changed. These are largely people of modest means, sometimes, as in the orphans and negroes, possessed of virtually nothing, yet in all Eudora Welty finds a simple dignity that survives even their clumsiest social faux pas. I have little doubt that on this selection alone -a personal favourite of the author - she stands beside Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy as one of the great writers of the American South. I cannot think of a finer selection of short stories.
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