This timeless collection charted a new stylistic path for modern fiction. Through twenty-two connected short stories, Sherwood Anderson looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland. 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 its simple and intense style, Winesburg, Ohio evokes the quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and women.
Though its reputation once suffered, Winesburg, Ohio is now considered one of the most influential portraits of pre-industrial small-town life in the United States. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked it twenty-fourth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century, and it continues to be read widely both in and out of classrooms around the country.
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On the cusp of the modern nightmare
Sherwood Anderson gives us the interior lives of people who feel the modern zeitgeist but cannot express what they sense is happening to their world. He also plays with readers' expectations for narrative. In this, Winesburg, Ohio resembles Swann's Way by Proust; more obvious comparisons include Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Masters' Spoon River Anthology (although that's a poetry collection). Free audio versions also available in public domain, but these professionally-read selections are worth the money.
The Great Subversive American Novel
In 1919 Anderson burst the bubble of many who read this collection of life in a small Ohio Town. One woman wrote to him complaining that after reading the collection her life was ruined. Still valid today as many have the notion that life in a small town is somehow free from the inner conflicts of the human soul. If you long for this simple life, beware, oh my brothers and sisters; after you get to the end you may be altered forever, as you may not like what you see.
This book was horrible. The storyline was nonexsistant and was not able to keep the readers entertained, which is what books are supposed to do. I would give this book zero stars if i could.