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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan. 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156252805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156252805
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I first bought this book a year ago, seeing it laying on a table of "recommended books" at [a store] and thinking to myself that it sounded intriguing. I got home, opened it up and....put it down w/in ten minutes. Being somewhat widely read, this does not often happen to me, but I admit I found this book at first utterly boring.
However, a few days ago, I decided to try again and this time I opened up the book-and kept reading. The story draws you in slowly, until you feel you are present in shellmound, sitting in the settee in the corner watching this all take place. The setting description was vividly realistic, the characters believable. The characters ARE the plot line: the novel unfolds through the eyes of both outsiders (ellen and laura) and also through the eyes of the fairchilds themselves [in the forms of shelley and dabney].
This thought provoking narrative of a large and intricately woven Southern family is brought to life through the evocative words of eudora welty, and stays in the heart long after the last page is turned.
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By A Customer on April 24 2003
Format: Paperback
I must admit I have not yet finished Delta Wedding. If I do, it will be by sheer force of will. It is a laborious read. Nothing has drawn me into this book and the authors run-on style is tiresome and confusing. I often have to re-read a long convoluted sentence and then ask myself, "Just what is she trying to say?"
I realize I am in the minority, but this book is not the least bit enjoyable to read.
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Eudora Welty scored big-time with this dreamy, humid, dense (HUGE cast of characters), meandering but otherwise very simple story of a young girl, a cousin, whose mother has recently died. She's shipped off for the summer to the 'plantation' home of her mother's sister and a never-ending list of cousins and aunts and great aunts and boyfriends and husbands and and and and.
Nothing much happens, but we're treated to a leisurely piece of writing in all the intoxicating cadences of southern drawl, sweet as mint tea and magnolia blossoms.
A beautiful southern classic.
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By A Customer on Nov. 13 2002
Format: Paperback
This novel was the hardest I have ever read. It was not due to content, but due to the writing itself. Welty's writing reminds of a combination of Faulkner and Chekhov, only without any skill. The characters were never developed, the plot was weak, and the book as a whole was disappointing literature. It turned me off of Eudora Welty completly.
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On its surface, "Delta Wedding" is a story about the preparations for a wedding by a Southern clan. As one of the characters remarks, the family takes "you in circles, whirling delightedly about [but} nothing really so very much happened." Anyone expecting a page-turner about plantation life or a thickly plotted potboiler will surely be disappointed. Instead, you must be willing to believe that "old stories, family stories, Mississippi stories [are] the same as very holy or very passionate."
The plot, such as it is, is simple: the extended Fairchild family reunites for a wedding, and everyone brings their dreams, memories, grudges, and intrigues. As with any "typical" family reunion, there is a pervasive threat of scandal that never quite pans out, and several petty incidents get blown out of proportion by the affected characters. The sheer number of kinfolk can be overwhelming at times, but they are clearly delineated (although it must be said that the black servants rarely transcend stereotype, which is undoubtedly an accurate portrayal of how a rich Southern family would have viewed the help). Welty's drawling humor gives the narrative much warmth and vitality; her ability to switch perspective seamlessly from one character to the next is truly without equal.
All in all, Welty writes beautifully of familial relations and social manners; she can truly be considered the Jane Austen of the South.
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Unlike the reader from Ohio, I loved Delta Wedding. It was my first introduction to Eudora Welty. I found her prose beautiful and loved the characters. Her vivid descriptions brought the family to life.
In this age of complicated plots and endless soul-srching, I found a great deal of comfort in this simple novel. It seems to me that Welty intended Delta Wedding to be a story of a very common event--a family wedding. Nothing more. Nothing less!
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By A Customer on May 17 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the first I've ever read of Eudora Welty, and I found the book to meander aimlessly and end inconclusively. I'm still not sure what the plot was or who the central character was. Also, I found the Fairchild family very self-absorbed and uninteresting. But, I got the sense I was supposed to be awed by them. The only interesting character was Laura, but she remain undeveloped throughout the novel. Granted, Welty offers some beautiful descriptions of the South and various characters, but they don't make up for an overall poor read.
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