Stories of Four Decades PDF download by Glenn Meeter

Stories of Four Decades

Publication date: September 2009
ISBN: 9781449005931
Digital Book format: PDF (DRM-Free)


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A number of the stories in Glenn Meeter's Stories of Four Decades have been reprinted (most frequently "Hard Row" and "A Harvest"), but they all made their first appearance in publications as diverse as The Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Epoch, The Literary Review, and The Reformed Journal. Each story has its own individual appeal. Each has its own style, theme, mood, its own plot and setting, and its own cast of characters who come fully to life only within its boundaries. Even Peter Heitz, in The Oppressor, has different problems and preoccupations from the slightly older character with the same name in The Convert. But set with others in a collection that touches major points in life-stories of "Youth" followed by those of "Marriage" and "Parenthood" and finally "New Journeys"-each story takes on new dimensions. Together they form a tableau of life in the American Midwest (and California, a mid-century Mecca for Midwesterners) from the forties through the seventies. One thinks of the "slow clank clank of tire chains" on mall-town winter streets in the first story; the visitors to Grandmother's house paying Chicago tolls in the last; and, in between, Lost Angeles freeways and South Dakota gravel roads. Another dimension is as ancient as Joseph in Egypt: the clash of rural and village culture with urban modernity. Some characters need to break away from the village culture (faith, family, community); some lose it and re-create it. Some seek it out. All need to re-interpret it. And all struggle to maintain and pass on some aspects of that culture, if only the awed thankfulness of the traveler in "A Harvest," who exclaims about his own journey, "but my God what a delight, just to travel through!"
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