I’ve decided to take part in The 1920 Club hosted by Simon at Stuck in a Book and Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. Taking place between 13th and 19th April 2020, the objective is simple: to read a book published in that year and share your thoughts/review with other participants.
The book I’ve selected to read is Youth and the Bright Medusa, a collection of eight short stories by Willa Cather published in 1920 (although some of the stories had appeared in an earlier collection from 1905, The Troll Garden). I’ve enjoyed all the previous novels I’ve read by Willa Cather – My Antonia, O Pioneers! and Death Comes for the Archbishop – so I have high hopes that I’ll love her short stories too.
‘Paul had just come in to dress for dinner; he sank into a chair, weak in the knees, and clasped his head in his hands. It was to be worse than jail, even; the tepid waters of Cordelia Street were to close over him finally and forever. The grey monotony stretched before him in hopeless, unrelieved years; Sabbath-school, Young People’s Meeting, the yellow-papered room, the damp dish-towels; it all rushed back upon him with sickening vividness.’ (Excerpt from ‘Paul’s Case’)