Last night I read “The Story of a Scar” by James Alan McPherson, and I have to say that it is an excellent short story. The dialogue is gripping, and the characters sympathetic. I wasn’t quite sure about the ending. Not sure how/why it tied the story together; it does so in an obvious way, but in short stories like this there is a deeper text, that I just didn’t apprehend right away. Have to think more about it. I had never heard of McPherson, even though he apparently still teaches at Iowa. So I have some more stories to look forward to. His collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer prize back in 1978.
Blogs I Follow
- Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is a readable dystopia that really pushes the reader to think hard
- Enjoyed Cynthia Ozick’s story “The Coast of New Zealand” in The New Yorker
- Boneland by Alan Garner
- Encadrement du responsable du centre multimédia de Houndé (CMH) sur les techniques de rédaction des livres pour enfants
- Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
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