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  • Paperback: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Us Imports; Reprint edition (27 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143115960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143115960
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A marvelous collection from the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language (The New Yorker), Collected Stories brings together 48 exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on 26 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
March 2011. A few weeks ago the NY Times released its 10 best books of 2010. It came as no surprise to me that SELECTED STORIES of William Trevor, a volume of 48 stories published in November, was one of the ten. SELECTED STORIES contains short fiction from Trevor's most recent collections...After Rain (1996), The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit on the Side (2004), and Cheating at Canasta (2007). The NY Times Book Review calls the stories "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives."

William Trevor was born in 1928 in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland. He spent his childhood in provincial Ireland and attended Irish secondary schools before entering Trinity College. He has written many prize-winning novels and collections of short stories. In 1992 Trevor's THE COLLECTED STORIES from his first seven smaller collections was chosen by the NY Times as one of the best books of the year. And now his second volume of stories has achieved the same award.

"...unforgettable lives" not dysfunctional families. A vivid, almost painful at times, picture of relationships in a setting evoking a strong sense of place....especially the stories set in rural and small-town Ireland.

For a smaller volume of stories, may I suggest the Penguin paperback (1998) entitled Ireland? It contains my two favorite Trevor stories--"The Paradise Lounge" and "The Ballroom of Romance.
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By Steve Heath on 22 Jun. 2014
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William Trevor's short stories never fail to reach the parts that very few writers do. Great collection here. Simply the best
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Sheer delight 15 Nov. 2010
By Digger Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started reading William Trevor only last year but have been devouring his beautifully written short stories and novels at a fast clip ever since. Although owning paperback versions of his four most recent anthologies of short stories that make up this collection, I wanted a hardback that was going to see me out and I wasn't disappointed with the quality of the production. The binding and paper are much better than the two-volume Collected Stories published last year in the UK which updates the 1992 one-volume Collected Stories by adding the latest four anthologies. There's no introduction to Selected Stories but that's a small quibble against the pleasure in re-reading stories that contain so much seemingly effortless insight into the little (and sometimes big) things that make up our lives.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
These stories are told in simple yet beautiful prose and are timeless 22 Dec. 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The benefit of a successful writing career is that without producing anything new, your work continues to be published. Mark Twain's autobiography presently occupies the fourth spot on Amazon's top 100 selling books. Not bad for a writer who died 100 years ago. William Trevor is very much alive and has four O. Henry Prizes, three Whitbread Prizes, and the recognition as "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English Language" to his credit. His accomplishments are even greater when you consider that he did not begin serious writing until he was in his 30s.

SELECTED STORIES gathers 48 pieces from Trevor's last four collections. This one serves as a second volume to THE COLLECTED STORIES, published in 1992. These current selections focus on life using humor and realism. Short stories are more than brief narratives; they still must be complete tales. Trevor shows a remarkable ability to say things in his short stories without actually putting the words on the page. He avoids the first person in his writing and simply tells his story through the voice of a storyteller. It's a formula that wears well for his readers.

The Irish-born Trevor sets most of his tales in England and Ireland. In "Child's Play," Gerald and Rebecca are the individual children of parents who have lived through tumultuous marriages. The kids become part of a new family when their parents are married, which allows them to live together in a unique and imaginary world. As the relationship in the newly formed family deteriorates, the imaginary games that had come to them by chance, "...a gift thrown out from other people's circumstances," come to an end. "Helplessness was their natural state."

Life events are an important element in Trevor's stories. Weddings and funerals are often the foundation of his plots. "The Piano Tuner's Wives" tells readers of two women who marry the title character. "Violet married the piano tuner when he was a young man. Belle married him when he was old." Widowed after years of marriage, the piano tuner remarries the woman he jilted prior to his first marriage. While his second wife gets "the ruins of him," she also gets the opportunity to remake the tuner in a life more agreeable to her. "And that seemed fair also, since Violet had won in the beginning and had had the better years."

"The Hill Bachelors" is set in Ireland. Paulie, the youngest child of an Irish farmer, returns home for his father's funeral. He remains at the farm to assist his mother and searches for a wife. The prospects are slim as the local girls do not wish to live on a farm. Paulie sees himself becoming like the other farmers of his age, hill bachelors, "...men, some of them kept company by a mother or a sister." But the opportunity to sell the farm causes him to recognize its importance. He cannot leave it; the hills have claimed him as one of their own.

Trevor's stories are a mix of past and present. While set in contemporary times, they also remind readers of an older world, an England and Ireland where religious quarrels may have ended but have not yet been forgotten. For Trevor, it's not all about what has changed but what has remained the same. These stories are told in simple yet beautiful prose and are timeless. Not without cause is William Trevor one of the greatest short-story writers of his generation. The proof is on the pages of SELECTED STORIES.

--- Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
William Trevoer: Short Stories 21 Dec. 2010
By rpg1408 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second volume of short stories of a marvelous,prolific Irish writer.William Trevor's stories ,like his novels,are cannot easily be categorized.They can be funny,as well as dark and disturbing(his later stories are darker than his earlier ones),full of sharp observations about love gained and lost,ambitions realized and frustrated, remembrance and regret among sharply drawn Irish and English people.Readers who read this book will be compelled to read his earlier stories and novels.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"The greatest living writer of short stories...." 20 July 2012
By janebbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
March 2011. A few weeks ago the NY Times released its 10 best books of 2010. It came as no surprise to me that SELECTED STORIES of William Trevor, a volume of 48 stories published in November, was one of the ten. SELECTED STORIES contains short fiction from Trevor's most recent collections...After Rain (1996), The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit on the Side (2004), and Cheating at Canasta (2007). The NY Times Book Review calls the stories "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives."

William Trevor was born in 1928 in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland. He spent his childhood in provincial Ireland and attended Irish secondary schools before entering Trinity College. He has written many prize-winning novels and collections of short stories. In 1992 Trevor's THE COLLECTED STORIES from his first seven smaller collections was chosen by the NY Times as one of the best books of the year. And now his second volume of stories has achieved the same award.

"...unforgettable lives" not dysfunctional families. A vivid, almost painful at times, picture of relationships in a setting evoking a strong sense of place....especially the stories set in rural and small-town Ireland.

For a smaller volume of stories, may I suggest the Penguin paperback (1998) entitled Ireland? It contains my two favorite Trevor stories--"The Paradise Lounge" and "The Ballroom of Romance."

Irishman John Banville, Booker award-winner, called Trevor the "greatest living writer of short stories," and I agreed, thinking maybe his pick for "greatest dead writer" was James Joyce (Dubliners). And wondering what he thought of other favorites, Elizabeth Bowen (The Collected Stories) and Frank O'Connor (Collected Stories).
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Short story proficiency 14 May 2011
By Jim Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been enjoying Trevor's short stories for years; therefore many of the dozens of stories in this book were familiar to me. But I re-read all but one of them and enjoyed them all over again. The only one I skipped was too poignant so I couldn't bring myself to re-experience it. I never cease to be amazed at what Trevor can do with so few words. The Irish character are drawn so well they almost seem to be members of my family. They are very compelling and convincing and they resound in memory long after the story has been read, because Trevor's empathy always comes across. Even despicable characters have qualities that readers can relate to--which is unusual in a writer. And the Brits are different but equally interesting.I highly recommend this collection.
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