Published in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio is Sherwood Andersons masterpiece, a work in which he achieved the goal to which he believed all true writers should aspire to see and feel all of life within In a perfectly imagined world, an archetypal small American town, he reveals the hidden passions that turn ordinary lives into unforgettable ones Unified by the recurring presence of young George Willard, and played out against the backdrop of Winesburg, Andersons loosely connected chapters, or stories, coalesce into a powerful novel.In such tales as Hands, the portrayal of a rural berry picker still haunted by the accusations of homosexuality that ended his teaching career, Andersons vision is as acute today as it was over eighty five years ago His intuitive ability to home in on examples of timeless, human conflictsa workingman deciding if he should marry the woman who is to bear his child, an unhappy housewife who seeks love from the towns doctor, an unmarried high school teacher sexually attracted to a pupilmakes this book not only immensely readable but also deeply meaningful An important influence on Faulkner, Hemingway, and others who were drawn to Andersons innovative format and psychological insights, Winesburg, Ohio deserves a place among the front ranks of our nations finest literary achievements....
|Publisher||:||Bantam Classics 1 M rz 1995|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Seiten|
|File Size||:||580 KB|
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Winesburg, Ohio Reviews
Der Autor schildert skurrile Ereignisse, deren letzendliche Bedeutung sich jedoch nicht immer erschließt. Es ist auch interessant, sich dadurch in die Vergangenheit zurück versetzen zu lassen.
After reading the reviews on this web site, I decided to throw my two cents' worth in. I had never heard of Sherwood Anderson, and was extremely surprised by this book. Whether you consider it a novel or a collection of short stories, it is eloquent in its simplicity and effiency of language. One of the reviews on this site calls Anderson's use of language uninventive and not very evocative, proving that styles have changed considerably in the past hundred years. Have we reached the point where we need new "inventive" language to relate to others? In this modern age, we have become too reliant on modifying language -- and word-forms -- to fit our "writing," rather than using words as a tool to express ourselves. If you are truly looking for inventive language, pick up a magazine, they're infamous for "creating" new abuses of English. Anderson's real achievement is his eloquence. In the story "Hands," for instance, Anderson creates an incredibly poignant and powerful tale within the space of a few pages. I have read many entire books that didn't have a fraction of the emotion Anderson consistently packs into these brief stories. The subject matter may not seem as scandalous, but bear in mind, this was written close to one hundred years ago. Besides which, if it is scandal you are seeking, I again refer you to the world of magazines. As for an eloquent sketch of both character and setting, Winesburg, Ohio speaks for itself.
A book of stories that give glimpses into the secret lives of men and women in small town Ohio. The characters in this book could be characters anyplace in the world though. Each has a story, each has secrets, each has passions, disappointments, desires, longing. I personally think that each of the characters in Winesburg are reaching out for connection to other people. They long to have even a moment of understanding, sympathy, companionship in the midst of a life that is big and unclear, a universe that expands above them nightly to remind them of their infinite smallness. This book is as meaningful today as it was when it was written--maybe even more so. As our world becomes more and more faceless with telephones and emails and air-conditioning, wouldn't it be nice to connect to a person instead of a remote computer? Wouldn't it be nice to know that there are others with thwarted desires, stinging disappointments, undying hope, just like us? Take a read through Winesburg and meet some of them.
The story of George is one of a young man seeking transcendence from the sickened atmosphere around him - namely his hometown, Winesburg. It is a tiny, backward town, where the ideals of personal liberty and identity, of truth and understanding, have been squashed and malformed. Though greatly exaggerated, Winesburg bears elements that we should all recognize in our own homes, and this is, I think, more a criticism of post-agrarian American society than the "celebration of urban life" that this book has been purported to be.Anderson's writing is consummately elegant, even when it dips into a sexuality ill explored at the time. His characters, too, are most believable, whether you are intended to love them or despise them, and are always quite capable of evoking those emotions, regardless. George, most of all, is wonderfully human, and we rise up with him during his triumphs, and down during his failures. It is a wonderful book.
I am only 17 years old, but I've read a lot of books. I want to tell everybody out there that Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson is, by far, the best I've read so far. We were required to read it for an advanced english class and every student in the class was "wowed" by the depth of Anderson's book. I strongly recomend this book for any high school, or college, class; or book club. I feel that the only way to read this book is in a group so each chapter can be discussed and studied. This is not a book for those looking for an easy-reader. This is for those of you who will catch the small things (Who's a grotesque? Who's not? Are they twisted apples? Note the motifs of hands, light and dark, adventure. In which chapters are there allusion to greek myths? To The Bible?) I strongly recomend this book to anyone who has lost faith in the thoughfullness of writers today. The book will wow you, but only if you can figure it out.
In the context of today's tell-all society, the kinds of human revelations and insights that Sherwood Anderson wove into the Winesburg stories may seem tame and even pedestrian. But at the time, few good writers were even attempting to penetrate into the "real life" experience of ordinary Americans. His efforts so many years ago are all the more valuable today, however, since it provides us a glimpse of what life was *really* like for some people in much-romanticized "small town America."This novel is really a collection of loosely interrelated short stories, or perhaps even a series of character sketches, but so what? The value here is in the individual images and insights that Anderson provides, not in any emergent "plot."The glimpses into the inner lives of ordinary Americans and the fine descriptions of place, mood, and events that Anderson provides in this work still speak to some readers, at least, today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.