Friday, May 23, 2008

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

I really took a wide turn from All Over but the Shoutin' when I chose my second book: Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. I suppose they are about as opposite as two stories could be! Where All Over is all about poverty and a family who literally scratched the dirt for survival, Delta is about a family that is so spoiled and seems to have nothing much going on. The entire book is about a daughter's wedding and covers just a few days. As much as I like Eudora Welty and admire some of her work and photographs, I found the book a little lacking. The book is set in the 1920's but the people act as if it were the 1850's. I prefer a better story and I am going to go to Maggie's list and choose another. I have never read William Percy so I am thinking about that. I definitely want to read the two sequels to All Over but I am not going to count those towards this reading program.


Anonymous said...

For Oxford to be the "small town" I've always imagined (from your stories), you sure have a lot of notariety! (sp?) Amazing that you met the author in lil ole MS.


jo ellen said...

Rick Bragg got in a lot of trouble on his job, I forget which newspaper, for plagiarism. That bothers me. I've heard his books are great, but I've never read them. Maybe I will try.

Susie said...

I LOVED "Delta Wedding"! When I was in graduate school and living in Jackson MS, my sister and I shared an apartment around the corner from Eudora Welty's home. Sometimes I would see her at the local Jitney Jungle in the produce section. We all knew to give her wide berth in her drives around the Belhaven neighborhood. I enjoy her books, and may have to reread this one. Love your blog!

Signy said...

one of these days you must head to the real south and visit Oxford!

Signy said...

jo ellen
Your right - I think he was at the New York Times. You should try his first book and just see what you think. I appreciate your commenting!

Signy said...

I love your story about Euroda! My daughter lives in Bellhaven now and she is a real fan of Eudor Welty! How neat you got to see her!
Thanks for sharing!