Monday, August 24, 2009

Reader's Diary #518 - Eudora Welty: A Worn Path

The good news is I found a new source of classic short stories online. The bad news is my first pick let me down: Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path."

I'm sorry, especially after watching the YouTube video of Welty discussing her story (she seemed like a genuinely sweet lady), that the story seemed contrived and caricaturish to me. Of course the old lady represented selfless love and determination. It was obvious. Too obvious. Of course the hunter was a bully. Of course, of course.

I also had trouble with the old lady talking to herself. Sure people do this. But I've never seen it done well in a book, it always comes across as fake. Is it possible to do this well? Perhaps if I talked to myself I'd buy into it.

In any case, I'm looking forward to reading more stories on the list.

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Bybee said...

I remember having to read this story in Freshman Comp II. Meh.

Lisa said...

I've heard Welty before and she talks a great story. And I know she's supposed to be a great author. But I read her "Delta Wedding" and just struggled to finish it. Thought I might give her another chance...but maybe not.