Losing Battles

Losing Battles

by Eudora Welty


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Three generations of Granny Vaughn's descendants gather at her Mississippi home to celebrate her 90th birthday. Possessed of the true storyteller's gift, the members of this clan cannot resist the temptation to swap tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679728825
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1990
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 771,152
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

One of America's most admired authors, Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909. . She was educated locally and at Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Wisconsin, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is the author of, among many other books, One Writer's Beginnings, The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, and The Optimist's Daughter which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She died in 2001.

Date of Birth:

April 13, 1909

Date of Death:

July 23, 2001

Place of Birth:

Jackson, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Jackson, Mississippi


University of Wisconsin

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Losing Battles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
marient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the hot, dry first Sunday of August, three generations of Granny Vaughn's descendants gather at her home in the little town of Banner, Mississippi, to celebrate her ninetieth birthday. The celebrations take only two days, but many members of the family are great storytellers, and when they get together, the temptation is irresistible-a device that enables Eudora Welty to take the reader back into the lost battles of the past, capturing different tones of voice and ways of thinking..
hrissliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not particularly fond of Welty, but her prose in this book almost made me reevaluate her completely. She's got a wonderful hand with descriptions, metaphor and allusion -- but not such a great one, in my opinion, with characterization. At least, these particular skills weren't exhibited fully in this book, about a family in the Depression-era South at their family reunion. The family runs together -- maybe three of the fifty have distinct personalities, and about 10 others have individualized names, so there's constantly just a mass of 'family' streaming about the action. The entire book takes place in a single day, and it's a somewhat *long* book, so it is a very long day. While watching Welty run these people in futile circles while giving grandiose speeches about their own place in life is amusing for the first 100 pages, after a second hundred pages it starts to pall. There are only so many fantastic events (which go nowhere) and grandiose speeches (which go nowhere) and jumbled xenophobic conversations (which go nowhere) one can take before becoming a little bit tired of everything going nowhere. But that's the point, right? It's meta! 6/10
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book, the author is great, Eudora Welty really exprecises here feelings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Named max