Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"I'm a Fool." Sherwood Anderson

One-minute review: Perfect afternoon. Excellent company. Beautiful girl. And he destroys his chances with her by lying about his background. That lie is why he is a “fool.” Told in the slang of the period (1920s). What seem to be non-sequiturs are really not. They fill out the portrait of the narrator and the details of the plot. Some interesting information about horse racing.

Comment: One of the reasons for reading contemporary novels is the information provided about professions and institutions. You can probably learn as much about medicine, for example, in novels featuring the medical profession as you can from nonfiction. Short stories don’t provide as much related information because the stories are so compact and focus on a single significant incident. This story, however, does provide some interesting information about horse racing and language in the 1920s. RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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