Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day Seventy: "When the Light Gets Green" by Robert Penn Warren


A boy remembers his grandfather in all of his "glory" and shame, harvesting tobacco, bullying his negro workers, not truly loving anyone until he's on the verge of death after having a stroke. The story is vivid and you can see the grandfather perfectly with his nicotine-tinged moustache as well as his tendency to expound on the working of field of tobacco or corn.

Touching and nostalgic, this short story was a nice story to conclude my week. The writing was really wonderfully simple but complete.

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