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Kathryn Beddow Major American Writers—J. Pekins Unit 6 December 15, 2011 Reading Responses This unit had a laundry list of reading just as the last few have, but I conquered them. I selected the pieces that I wanted to read, based off of the title—whether it seemed interesting or not—and then once reading each piece, I responded to it. I have finally found apiece that amused me. Eudora Welty’s “petrified Man” made me giggle several times throughout. The small town, beauty shop gossip has always tickled me. Being from a small town, and having spent many days in beauty shops with my two grandmothers, I heard my share of tales. It was nice to read a more cheerful piece that brought back happy memories from my childhood, as well. This piece was not very dramatic, but far from mundane. I am glad that I read it—if only for the smiles and old memories that were recalled. Unlike Welty’s writing, Saul Bellow’s “The Adventure of Augie March (Chapter one)” bored me. I do not want to read an autobiography of sorts; I want events that spark my interest, conflict, passion—something besides a young boy’s childhood tales. I understand that some may have enjoyed this piece—perhaps due to the Jewish community’s influence—but I do not see the interest. I feel as though reading this piece was purely for the assignment; no joy came from it. John Updike’s “Separation” hit a little close to home for me. My parents never divorced, but for many years I can recall fearing that they would. My only aunt and uncle have recently separated; it has bee awkward for me because, although I was enver very close to either, I feel as
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though seeing my aunt would be a bit “unusual.” She made no effort to attend my wedding, meet my husband or step-son and has rarely responded to efforts that I have made to communicate with her since the separation. I can see where the children involved here may feel a little abandoned, but I was surprise as to their rather calm response. I would not say that I enjoyed this piece, but I did not completely dislike it either. Native American culture has always been interesting to me. My first serious, long-term relationship was with a male of Native American descent—his family’s culture awed me. N. Scott Momaday’s “The Way to Rainy Mountain” was filled with vivid imagery and left me in a trance of sorts. This is one topic where a biography-like writing would not bother me in the least. However, the format from the middle on did bother me some. Column formats work in newspapers—and even then it bothers me—but should not be in stories, poems, novels or any other more formal piece of literature. Reading from the top to bottom, left to right and then returning to the top of the page, to continue reading down, left to right is a nuisance. People are not taught to read that way, at least not traditionally, and it irks me to the greatest extent. Wow—that sums up my reaction to Maxine Hong Kinston’s “no Name Woman.”
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course AML 2301 taught by Professor Professorpekins during the Fall '11 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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