Pale Horse, Pale Rider and Old Mortality by Katherine Anne Porter

These two novellas are related only in so far as they are based on the same character, Miranda. I heard of Porter from another book I was reading, I am afraid I can’t remember which. But she is pretty amazing.

Her style is very spare and very attenuated, a bit like Hemingway and Faulkner, with whom I read she is often compared. A lot remains unsaid, lurking behind the language and the story.

Pale Horse, Pale Rider is about loss and death; and Old Mortality is about the expectations placed on us by our social milieu. Which  is to simplify grossly but, hey, this is just a blog for people interesting in reading.

I enjoyed these books very much. I read them in Venice, too, which only added to the enjoyment. They matched the atmosphere perfectly.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s