Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"The Egg." Sherwood Anderson.

Review: The narrator’s father was a loser. He failed as a farmhand. He failed in the restaurant business. And he failed as an entertainer in the restaurant business. One night he tries several tricks with eggs to entertain his lone customer, a young man who had come into town to meet his father on a train that is three hours late. The tricks with the eggs do not work. Exasperated his father flings the egg at the customer who escapes. Portrait of a failure. The complete and final triumph of the egg which does not cooperate in completing the tricks.

Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954.

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