Published in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio is a collection of 22 short stories, each based on the life of residents in this fictional town. Many of the stories seem to focus on the loneliness, frustration and failure of townspeople. For instance, “Hands” tells how a resident was run out of his Pennsylvania hometown. In “Mother,” we witness the emotional desolation of the owner of the ramshackle and rundown hotel in Winesburg, who imagines her grownup George as he was as a boy. Though the overall feeling of Winesburg, Ohio is lonesome and withdrawn, the superior writing and language make this “novel” a seminal work in American Literature. Highly recommended.
Submitted by Dan@Central