Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Pale Horse, Pale Rider" - Katherine Porter

NPR said I should read this book. Now, I don't normally listen to radio signals (neither do I wear tinfoil hats), but I thought I'd give this book of three novellas a shot.

The title's novella, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, is about Miranda, a young woman from another novella, who is working at a Denver newspaper during the World War I influenza outbreak. While the balance between life and death is overwrought, it was the dialogue that killed the mood for me. Paraphrasing, one man says, "I must go to war or I could not live with myself." I've seen or read or heard that in multiple television shows, movies, and books. I read to escape that kind of mediocre drama.

Of the three, Noon Wine was the most interesting. A dairy farm is taken over and revitalized by an escapee of a lunatic asylum. Still, I would not put this on a must-read list. Read short stories by Updike or Eggers or Hempel. Read to learn something about yourself.

1.75 out of 5.0 Bay Horses.


paul said...

Thought you might like my autobiography. Title "MY WHOLE LIFE AND 48 YEARS OF SMALL TOWN FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE" IN PUBLICATION BY "ELOQUENT BOOKS",Out in 4-6 weeks I'm told. Busy practice, 6 kids, wife became alcoholic, after youngest died drunk, ran into a tree driving home.2 chapters of mostly humorous one liner patient's quotes of southern colloquialisms accumulated over 48 years.( Example " Doc, you got to give me somethin' to keep me from dancin' when I pee.")

Chris Eldin said...

Stilted dialogue kills my interest in a book.
Great review.

Anonymous said...

Were close by can I find this book at I live in Pleasents Co. WV