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La garden-party

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    Katherine Mansfield(Author)

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La garden-party et autres nouvelles
4.5 (12856)
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  • PDF | 433 pages
  • Katherine Mansfield(Author)
  • Independently published (8 Jun. 2017)
  • French
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  • By Dolores on 6 July 2015

    Here is the Chopin of short stories, all mood and personality, atmosphere and impressions. The reader makes his or her own interpretation. Many short stories are all snappy plot and the obligatory surprise twist at the end. Do not necessarily expect this with Mansfield. The pleasure of reading her is that she has a keen eye for observation, a sharp wit and an acerbic pen (probably when alive an acerbic tongue too!). These are vignettes of people and social ways closely observed, their moods as fleeting as the clouds that pass over their heads. It is so unfair to compare her adversely to Chekov, as she died 10 years earlier than he did so had less time to mature and develop. The downside is that her language and references can seem dated, for example when mentioning class issues of her time, but the same can be said of many writers who describe social issues, such as Dickens. I read these stories while staying in New Zealand, shortly after visiting the Mansfield house museum in Thorndon, Wellington, which I would also strongly recommend to any Mansfield reader who might be in the area.

  • By Sarah Hague on 5 December 2016

    An absolute treasure trove of short stories. The social observations are sharp, especially regarding the tragedy of the human condition. I think my favourite was the music lesson where a devastated music teacher conveyed her tormented soul to her pupils and they responded in kind in their singing, devastating them in the process.Such brilliant writing was a joy to read.

  • By GeordieReader on 6 August 2013

    I've rediscovered short stories since I got my Kindle because they are ideal travelling companions. Some of these are absolutely first class, particularly the title story and also 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel' and 'Marriage a la Mode'. They are all beautifully crafted and most of them encapsulate entire lives in one incident. Some of the stories suffer by comparison with the best, as is the way with collections. One or two didn't quite work for me, hence the four stars, but it was free and still is, so I recommend dipping into it and enjoying some wonderful writing which brings a place and time to life.

  • By GregP on 18 May 2013

    I hadn't read any Katherine Mansfield before these short stories and I found them delightful.Nothing much happens - youngsters grow up, old people grow older, nobody gets murdered; the stories are all about the characters and their relationships. They are understated and written with a real lightness of touch but are often very moving and are not sentimental.They are generally set in a privileged middle class milieu which might not suit everybody and as they were written a century or so ago the style is of its time. However they are so well and unpretentiously written that they are very easy to read.

  • By Xavier on 17 September 2017

    An excellent writer and a well chosen selection of her work

  • By Jude Faulkner on 30 June 2013

    Very, very descriptive and definately a product of it's time. The author nicely describes the going to a 'summer house' away from the city heat, which was done by most middle class Americans in the Victorian/Edwardian era. Her writing of a woman who did not love her children as the fear of childbirth overwhelmed her was novel for that era. OK if you have an interest in the era but a lot of novel readers might find it hard going.

  • By LynetteS on 8 November 2012

    These are charming stories, their content evoking the claustrophobia of family life set for the large part in colonial New Zealand. The stories centre around the interplay of relationships. The descriptions display a fine mastery of language.

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