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The Garden Party and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Mansfield
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082SZEOE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,686 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative short stories 6 Aug. 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chopin of short stories 6 July 2015
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden Party and Other Stories 8 Nov. 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant little stories 18 May 2013
By GregP
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Mansfield short stories 14 Mar. 2014
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A good little collection of KM's short stories including some of the classics. If you haven't read anything by her before, this is a good way in to her writing. She's out of copyright now, so this e-book version can be downloaded free. Only contains the text. The Penguin edition has some explanatory notes as well, but not sure if the notes justify the extra cost (although nothing to stop you borrowing it from a library free of charge)
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK book 30 Jun. 2013
By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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.
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