Losing Battles

Losing Battles On The Hot, Dry First Sunday Of August, Three Generations Of Granny Vaughn S Descendants Gather At Her Home In The Little Town Of Banner, Mississippi, To Celebrate Her Ninetieth Birthday The Celebrations Take Only Two Days, But Many Members Of The Family Are Great Storytellers, And When They Get Together, The Temptation Is Irresistible A Device That Enables Eudora Welty To Take The Reader Back Into The Lost Battles Of The Past, Capturing Different Tones Of Voice And Ways Of Thinking. During early June, I read one of Eudora Welty s short stories titled A Worn Path The beauty of the prose in that piece compelled me to seek out a full length piece in which to immerse myself Losing Battles, set in the summer of 1930 s Mississippi, grabbed my attention and seemed like the perfect lazy, summer day read Unfortunately, my June was anything but lazy and I think some day I will re read this one when I can sit down and absorb the luscious words that really seemed to pop right off During early June, I read one of Eudora Welty s short stories titled A Worn Path The beauty of the prose in that piece compelled me to seek out a full length piece in which to immerse myself Losing Battles, set in the summer of 1930 s Mississippi, grabbed my attention and seemed like the perfect lazy, summer day read Unfortunate
I can t write a proper review of this book because it was too wonderful I entered this family reunion, stayed until it was over, listened to every story, and found something to love about every single character, even the ones already dead and buried I had chicken pie and fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, and lemonade to wash it down I l
Eudora Welty weaves a very Southern tale around a Mississippi family who are staging a family reunion that is also a celebration of the family s oldest member, Granny Vaughn This felt like going back in time and visiting the world of my childhood My own extended family had an annual reunion at a small church in the mountains where my father was born, and I have sat through dinners that spread like the food was endless and heard the musings and memories of great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncl Eudora Welty weaves a very Southern tale around a Mississippi family who are staging a family reunion that is also a celebration of the family s oldest member, Granny Vaughn This felt like going back in time and visiting the world of my childhood My own extended family had an annual reunion at a small church in the mountains where my father was born, and I have sat through dinners that spread like the food was endless and heard the musings and memories of great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins that were old enough to be my parents I laughed, applauded the things that knit these people together, but felt the element of sadness that ran through many of these lives Even those stories told with humor often dealt with subjects so serious that they altered lives forever.Aside from the story, Eudora Welty might be one of the most beautiful descriptive writers I have ever come a
I have never been to a family reunion like the one for Granny Vaughn s 90th birthday Sadly, all my grandparents but one died before I was born and the last died before I was 10 But I ve been to numerous Christmas open houses, Thanksgiving get togethers, family weddings and funerals And these all give rise to some of what Welty describes in Losing Battles without the car on the cliff or various animals.Losing Battles is such a warm hearted, though occasionally biting, story of a large family I have never been to a family reunion like the one for Granny Vaughn s 90th birthday Sadly, all my grandparents but one died before I was born and the last die
The entirety of this book takes place over the course of a two day family reunion I suppose it s also a birthday party, but the reunion part shines through , there is a hefty amount of present day action, but the majority of the book is composed of family discussions with many, many participants or family storytelling also with many, many participants which all have this kind of mythifying tall tale feel to them, but the present day action is also kind of over the top where it s difficult t The entirety of this book takes place over the course of a two day family reunion I suppose it s also a birthday party, but the reunion part shines through , there is a hefty amount
Miss Eudora packsinto 24 hours in a book than most people can fit into a lifetime A family reunion and a homecoming serve as a frame for a multitude of stories, some new some told every year, as families do A young bride is fighting a losing battle trying to separate her husband from his multitudinous family, the husband is fighting losing battles with the town storekeeper, and then there is the car in the treesettle into her world and be ready to laugh and smile at the absurdities of Miss Eudora packsinto 24 hours in a book than most people can fit into a lifetime A family reunion and a homecoming serve as a frame for a multitude of stories, some new some told every year, as families do A young bride is fighting a
Yep, that s that Yazoo clay A Southerner s simple explanation of the common destruction caused by the continual movement of Mississippi s soil If you weren t from these parts and did not understand why a house leaned or a pool held no water, you might also have difficulty with Eudora Welty s Losing Battles.Eudora s first novel written very late after she had long established herself and her readers in
Abandonado un poco m s all de la mitad del libro No le doy puntuaci n porque me parece injusto a falta de doscientas y pico p ginas, pero de ser, ser a un uno o uno y medio.La novela est muy bien escrita y aunque hay muchos personajes todos parecen estar bastante bien caracterizados, y en un principio parecen bastante atractivos Est llena de di logos con notas exc ntricas que se supone que tendr an que hacer el libro din mico y divertido, pero no Le he dado muchas oportunidades para que Abandonado un poco m s all de la mitad del libro No le doy puntuaci n porque me parece injusto a falta de doscientas y pico p ginas, pero de ser, ser a un uno o uno y medio.La novela est muy bien escrita y aunque hay muchos personajes todos parecen estar bastante bien caracterizados, y en un principio parecen bastante atractivos Est llena de di logos con notas exc ntricas que se supone que tendr an que hacer el libro din m
I ve been meaning to read something by Eudora Welty for ages, and finally picked up this book I had a hard time getting into it, I think because it took me a while to really be able to hear in my head the rhythms of the dialogue I m not from the Deep South, so the speech idioms and rhythms weren t familiar.Once I got into it, I really liked it In a way it reminded me of Tom Sawyer, in they way that situations arose that were both absurd and believable, though the natural progression of strong I ve been meaning to read something by Eudora Welty for ages, and finally picked up this book I had a hard time getting into it, I think because it took me a while to really be able to hear in my head the rhythms of the dialogue I m not from the Deep South, so the speech idioms and rhythms weren t familiar.Once I got into it, I really liked it In a way it reminded me of Tom Sawyer, in they way that situations arose that were both absurd and believable, though the natural progression of strong characters going about their daily lives I never laughed out loud
Reading Welty after a long absence, I m newly astonished at the exquisite phrasing of her language, the believability of her characters gabbing to each other, the lifelike entanglements of her stories, including the main adventure of this novel, getting Judge Moody s Buick back down from Banner

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  • Paperback
  • 436 pages
  • Losing Battles
  • Eudora Welty
  • English
  • 26 May 2018
  • 0679728821