Chad Schimke

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PETRIFIED MAN

Selected Stories of Eudora Welty: A Curtain of Green and Other Stories (Modern Library)Selected Stories of Eudora Welty: A Curtain of Green and Other Stories by Eudora Welty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PETRIFIED MAN - Petrified Man comes from the book, Selected Stories of Eudora Welty. For the purposes of this review, I will only discuss the short story (not the book in its entirety). The author conveys the character’s voices so remarkably well. That is, several women sitting in a beauty parlor, enduring the tortures of beauty treatments. The majority of their conversation is focused on men. For that reason, the battle of the sexes theme is apparent. The title refers back to the Medusa myth and a man in a freak show, turned to stone. Another highlight in this book is the short titled, Why I Live at the PO. Surprisingly, A Worn Path isn’t included in this selection.

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