The plot of Delta Wedding is so simple it's basically contained in the title: Welty gives us subtle, lush, yet endlessly dynamic portrait of a large family in the Mississippi Delta, preparing for the wedding of their second daughter as the bustle of life goes on around the group and its individual members. I noticed that we were veering into confused language patterns as Laura McRaven began to fall asleep on the train! He's red-haired, methodical, and clearly below her station. The Fairchild's story is pretty much my own family story. But I always think of the book as a deeply rounded story of a greatly dysfunctional family, too ingrown and profligate of its resources and indifferent to the humanity of its black servants. But little Ranny, a flower, a horse running, a color, a terrible story listened to in the store in Fairchilds, or a common song, and yes, shock, physical danger, as Robbie had discovered, roused something in him that was immense contemplation, motionless pity, indifference.
I have read more than half. Her nonfiction works include A Snapshot Album, The Eye of the Storm: Selected Essays and Reviews, and One Writer's Beginnings. Sometimes refers to a volume given by a notable donor. The process allowed illustrations to more closely resemble the original drawings, paintings or sketches, as it gave the lithographer a freedom of line impossible to achieve in earlier intaglio and relief processes. This is a relatively short book, but perhaps because she is primarily a short-story writer, Eudora Welty has packed this book so densely with character and detail, you will feel as though you have read a family saga of many hundred pages. Murdoch, who brought many of the Fairchilds into the world Mr.
Recommended to those who want to know more about early 20th century life in Mississippi. There's a child Laura , a nine year old girl whose mother has died who is the first person introduced in the book as she journeys to the wedding. Their eight-year old cousin, Laura McRaven, arrives from Jackson, a week before the big day. Laura McRaven travels down the Delta to attend her cousin Dabney's wedding. The story is exquisitely woven from ordinary events of family life, leading up to a perfect moment in time. And yet Laura could see that they changed every moment.
In the Delta, most of the world seemed sky. Back then I thought it was boring and was frustrated because nothing happened. It has taken me a long time to get around to reading this wonderful story. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Warm, light domestic drama about a wedding and the week-long preparations of it, set in the Mississippi Delta of the early 1920s. However, if you look on page 87 of the printed novel, you will find that Laura Allen is actually the mother of Battle, Jim Allen, George, Denis, etc.
As the hour moves closer and closer to wedding day, Laura arrives at a more subtle understanding of both the Fairchilds and herself. If I read this 5 or 6 times I could do a better review. Novels aren't like short stories in that the introduction of a character or inclusion of a detail must be part of the essential nature of the book. About this Item: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. In her five novels and her many short stories, she wrote about places she knew intimately.
He comes home after bringing fire to his boss and is full of male libido and physical strength. Written in 1945, Welty is looking back at the unmomentous year of 1923. I had wanted to read something by Eudora Welty for a long long time and that is how long it took me to finish. Like most of her short stories, Welty masterfully captures Southern idiom and places importance on location and customs. At the Fairchild plantation her family envelop her in a tidal wave of warmth, teases and comfort. Welty gave a series of addresses at Harvard University, revised and published as One Writer's Beginnings Harvard, 1983.
I had to keep re-reading parts to understand what was going on, who was who, etc. On the tenth of September 1923 little motherless Laura McRaven travels from Jackson, Mississippi, on a train named the Yellow Dog. A young relative, Laura McRaven, is visiting and is soon thrust into the midst of numerous cousins, uncles, aunts, and great-aunts as they prepare for the marriage of Dabney, the prettiest of the Fairchild girls. Delta Wedding is a rich novel that merits reading. George's ability to see value in the commonplace world of the everyday mirrors Welty's writing, as she piles detail upon detail in telling her story.
Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. It is the lost girl searching for Memphis that is killed by the train. She died from complications following pneumonia on July 23, 2001 at the age of 92. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. You have a sense of belonging and, at the same time, a sense of being an outsider. The spine may show signs of wear.