Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Book Review: The Optimist's Daughter

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

I found the novel pleasingly simple, told linearly, from a single close third-person perspective, surrounding a single event, taking place over only a few days. It was reminiscent of Alice Munro, or even some Anna Kavan, with its aging, solitary female character. And these are writers whose work I enjoy very much.

There was also a timelessness here that made it difficult to pin down the era without rereading the details closely. The language is simple, the story is simple, even the drama within in muted.

Sometimes there are books you like for no particular reason, no single, obvious reason. This is one of those books.

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