Powder: Short Story

Topics: Tobias Wolff, Short story, Grammatical person Pages: 4 (1463 words) Published: April 4, 2013
“Powder” by Tobias Wolff is beyond the greatest story out of the eleven that I read. The story, “Powder” is a man’s recollection of his adolescent experience on a winter expedition with his father skiing on Christmas Eve. The boy is game piece being played by his parents as he is shuffled back and forth in the middle of his parents split up. A reluctant mother agrees to let the boy to spend time with his father. The boy struggles with his relationship with his father due to his father’s lack of maturity. The boy learns to let things go and live in the moment despite his thoughts on life. I believe that “Powder” is easy to relate to coming from a divorced family myself. The plot and setting make for an intense and exciting story while the point of view with the characters and theme make it hard not to want to finish the story.

From the story I like how the plot was able to pull me in the first paragraph. On page 604 it says “He’d had to fight for the privilege of my company, because my mother was still angry with him for sneaking me into a nightclub”. From this sentence I was instantly curious to know more about this undomesticated father. For me, if the first couple of paragraphs of a story don’t seize my attention I find it hard to finish the story. In the following paragraph of the story it went straight into the father and son skiing with the weather get worse and the father saying that just one more run. The climax of the story was at the end of the story when the boy was able to let go of all his worries and just enjoy the company of his father. What I like best about the story was the ending where the reader was left to ponder what happened to the boy and his parent’s relationship. I really enjoyed the way the author was just straight and to the point not making the story drag on but, yet still giving enough details to understand clearly what was going on. For example, the author never told me the names of the son or father but, it didn’t...
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