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Galahad and I Thought of Daisy

by Edmund Wilson

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I picked up this book to read Edmund Wilson's "I Thought of Daisy" but was glad that it also included the short story "Galahad" too. I liked them both equally -- though I wouldn't say either are "must reads."

"Galahad" follows a prep school boy who is doing everything according to plan as he undergoes a sexual awakening, thanks to a school mate's uninhibited sister. There were really great details in this story -- Wilson excels at descriptions and setting a scene -- though the story itself felt a bit rushed (and therefore not terribly realistic.)

The longer story "I Thought of Daisy" basically gives the narrator's thoughts on the title character as he undergoes changes (and comes under the influence of a variety of other characters." I see what Wilson was trying to do here, but I'm not sure it was entirely successful -- as Daisy's character seemed fairly clear from our narrator's first encounter.

At any rate, these were both good reads overall. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 23, 2017 |
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