Sherwood Anderson and Winesburg, Ohio

The first time I read Sherwood Anderson’s book of short stories-“Winesburg, Ohio”-I wondered what all the fuss was about.

I am reading it now for the second time, have a completely different view and am enjoying it thoroughly.

Perhaps it is an antidote to some of the pretentious waffle I have read recently.

But when I read that Anderson was a mentor and torch bearer for Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, I thought I should give the book another try.

I am delighted I did, even though I have only read a couple of chapters.

Sometimes you need to read a book more than once to really appreciate it. I had the same experience with “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”.