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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:47:48 GMT

ewharvey44
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:47:48 GMT

Please discuss your first impressions of this book, The Member...

kelly_cumbee
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 03:10:07 GMT

Just listened to the last recording. I've read quite a lot of Flannery -- most of her short stories, lots of her letters, Wise Blood. Our library has a book with all her stories and novel and her letters in it, which I kept checked out as long as I could. When the stories started making me feel too dark I'd switch to her letters which cheered me up, she's so funny. That was three or four years ago, I guess. I read her short story "Revelation" in high school, and I reread it every few years -- it's so good. I've only read a couple of Faulkner's stories -- "A Rose for Emily," and "Barn Burning," both of them either in high school or college. Seven years ago when I was at MD Anderson with my sister, I checked a book of Truman Capote's stories out of the hospital library and really enjoyed them. My, his writing is so . . . perfect. Every single word exactly the right one. I think it would be wonderful to read "A Christmas Memory" in December. I've never read any Walker Percy or Thomas Wolfe. This is my first Carson McCullers. I've only read one by Pat Conroy -- Prince of Tides, which I loved, even though it was such a sad, brutal story. Does Allen Tate count? I've read his novel The Fathers. Very good. Caroline Gordon is even less "gothic" I think than Tate, but I've read her Penhally. Loved that one too. I don't suppose Margaret Mitchell counts at all, but Gone With the Wind I've read a few times. That about sums it up for me. Looking forward to this series. I feel like it's a real deficit that I've read so little of the literature of my region.

ewharvey44
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:56:04 GMT

Lol, what do you mean, Kelly!? Gone With the Wind is quintessential Southern lit!! It might be one that we should add to the list!