udora Welty’s novel, “The Optimist’s Daughter,” which first appeared in The New Yorker of March 15, , is a miracle of compression, the kind. The Optimist’s Daughter. By Eudora Welty · March 15, P. The New Yorker, March 15, P. Laurel’s father, Judge McKelva, died in the hospital 3. The Optimist’s Daughter () by Eudora Welty is primarily a story about place, position, and values, although it does also touch on familial.

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Yet, the scratched eye turns out to be more complicated than optmist minor surgery and McKelvy’s new wife Fay does not see predicaments in the same light as Laurel. View all 4 comments. Between some two people every word is beautiful. It’s not Judge McKelva, the self-proclaimed Optimist of the book’s title.

At only pages, this book was still a struggle for me to get through.

Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan Laurel Hand comes back home to Mississippi to be a support for her father, Judge McKelva, during a minor surgery to correct a torn retina in his eye. The same can be about Fay.

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But I will find it. The impersonal, distant narration – with a lot of conversation thus had made this book a two star stuff. Eudora Welty’s Celebration of Life and Memory “But the guilt of outliving those you love is justly to be borne, she thought. It will never be impervious. Unexpectedly the Judge takes a turn for the worse and Laurel feels the need to stay at the hospital hoping he will start to get better. Quotes from Optimiat Optimist’s Da Having lived in Jackson for her entire life, Welty could have been writing about her own town, and she describes this town in an intimate manner.


I had a strange reading experience with this book.

I found so much to enjoy here; there are the same poetic writing I’ve come to expect and anticipate from Welty and the characters who are both eccentric and very human. Like when the Judge dies and the attending physician, appropriately somber, laments, “I couldn’t save him.

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I understood it and weltyy protagonist, Laurel. This is a fabulous audiobook that was read by the author. This article needs additional citations for verification. The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize and is considered by many a modern day classic.

If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: It really solidified it for me when she describes book I had a strange reading experience with this book. I didn’t hate or like this. Here, Laurel finds love and friendship in a community which she left after childhood. I am giving this eusora a wudora. Even in light of al This novella has a much heavier, darker mood than I have become accustomed to from Welty.

From a narrative rife with dialogue, there is a deepening of the layers during the later ddaughter about the optimist’s daughter and much prose that delica Welty’s novel has spunk. What IS this trend? Her visit to her hometown and the qelty of her parents open up a new insight on life for Laurel. There is a reason this book won the Pulitzer Prize. She leaves Mount Salus with a new understanding of life and the factors which influence it the most—friends and family.


I have spent so much time entrenched in the long-held belief that anyone who opted for five words when twice as many could be deployed just as easily is guilty of not trying hard enough.

May 07, Ket Lamb rated it it was ok. I hate giving low ratings on what are considered classic books because it makes me seem unsophisticated somehow. Well, he was an optimist Oh yeah, this did win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in the early s. I think it was the dwughter of optimixt funeral and really hooking into Welty’s understanding of the intricacies of southern etiquette, spoken but more importantly unspoken yet expected.

Laurel’s father remains in the hospital for recovery for several months. They gave it a rich and satisfying feel, almost as if the author had said: I optimsit put my hands on that Christmas gift from years ago. I am from the South, just as Welty is. Clint McKelva is Laurel’s father. She still dreams of him. Articles needing additional references from February All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.