Susie B

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 38 - Total Helpful Votes: 5259 of 5731
The Garden Party: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
The Garden Party: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Garden Party, 18 Aug 2014
In 'The Garden Party' Katherine Mansfield introduces the reader to the Sheridan family who are hosting a garden party in the grounds of their New Zealand family home. Mrs Sheridan decides to leave all of the arrangements to her grown-up children: "Forget I am your mother" she tells them "Treat me as an honoured guest." Laura, an artistic and sensitive girl, takes charge, but is worried about speaking to the burly men who have come to erect the marquee; however when she meets them and finds them quite friendly and one even takes the time to pick a sprig of lavender and inhale the pungent scent, she thinks of how extraordinarily nice workmen are and why couldn't she have workmen for her… Read more
At the Bay: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
At the Bay: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
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4.0 out of 5 stars At the Bay, 18 Aug 2014
'At the Bay' is one of Katherine Mansfield's longest short stories and is set in a seaside town in New Zealand, where several families are holidaying in beach bungalows situated along the coast. The story focuses in particular on the Burnell family: Stanley and his wife Linda; Linda's mother Mrs Fairfield; Aunt Beryl; and Stanley's and Linda's three daughters and baby son. After a richly descriptive piece of writing describing Crescent Bay, the story moves to Stanley Burnell taking an early morning swim (peeved to find someone has got there before him) before rushing off to work, involving the whole household in his endeavours to catch the coach on time. When he has finally left the… Read more
Marriage a la Mode: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
Marriage a la Mode: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage a la Mode, 18 Aug 2014
William is married to the lovely Isabel, but since their move from their cosy little London home with its window box full of petunias (a home which William loved but which Isabel referred to a 'little hole') to a larger house near the sea, poor William is not happy. He does not feel at home in the new house, which is filled with new servants and Isabel's Bohemian weekender friends, who seem so very shallow. When he tries to explain his feelings to Isabel, she responds heatedly with: "Please don't be so dreadfully stuffy... Just because I've got to know some really congenial people, you behave as though I'd killed our love." After one particularly trying weekend, William travels sadly back… Read more