I just wanted to mention–because I was out of town all last week–that I was thoroughly impressed by The Quilt and Other Stories. One thing I wanted to mention in class, which I was unfortunately not able to, was about the first story in the novel. Seeing as how the title pretty much places a spotlight on the story of The Quilt, I was expecting it to open with it. However, it instead opened with The Veil. I may be one of the only ones who puts too much importance into this, but I find this to be very significant. The way in which the novel opens, I feel, is one of the most important decisions to make as an author. I’m not sure of the original author intended to do this, or if the editor wanted to arrange it in this way. However, I feel like The Veil really placed a specific kind of lens on my reading of the collection of stories.
What about you guys and girls? Did you notice the same thing too? Or am I just trying to figure out some way to talk only about the beginning of the book?
P.S. Better late than never to post in here, right?