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Delta Wedding [Paperback]

Eudora Welty
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Jan. 12 2001 Harvest/HBJ Book
A vivid and charming portrait of a large southern family, the Fairchilds, who live on a plantation in the Mississippi delta. The story, set in 1923, is exquisitely woven from the ordinary events of family life, centered around the visit of a young relative, Laura McRaven, and the family’s preparations for her cousin Dabney’s wedding.

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[she] give[s] the people of her South an inner richness ... It is a great and generous achievement SUNDAY TIMES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

EUDORA WELTY (1909-2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended the Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University (where she studied advertising). In addition to short fiction, Welty wrote novels, novellas, essays, and reviews, and was the winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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4.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional portrait of southern life May 5 2003
By maureen
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Pure drudgery April 24 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, slow southern writing at its best April 20 2003
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Advil, anyone? Nov. 13 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of Delta Wedding Feb. 10 2002
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment May 17 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Like being a member of the family
Reading "Delta Wedding" is like attending a family wedding and meeting all your distant relatives for the first time. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2000 by Dianne Merridith
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the South
As a lifelong Southern girl, I find that there are three authors who can fully unveil the truth about the south: Shelby Foote, William Faulkner, and Miss Eudora Welty. Read more
Published on June 26 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Here it is, Mrs. McWain!
I do have to admit that Eudora Welty is one of the best writer's as far as capturing the complexities of human emotions and interactions. Read more
Published on May 9 2000 by Janie Noonan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautifully constructed novels I've read!
I had to read this for a Lit of the American South class I'm taking for my M.A. I read it in two days with a study guide close at hand as well as several background articles on... Read more
Published on June 22 1999 by J. F Malysiak
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta Wedding is one book I'm going to have to read again.
This book is deep, deep without being ponderous or erudite. It is deep like life, like an ordinary day, filled with significant events and events whose significance has yet to be... Read more
Published on March 8 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars And You Thought Weddings Weren't That Deep...
Eudory Welty has created a world as hazy and ephemeral as a hot Southern afternoon. Characters and events emerge and dissipate in this novel like heat waves. Read more
Published on March 3 1999
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