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4.0 out of 5 stars People are faulty, 18 Sept. 2009
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Eileen Shaw "Kokoschka's_cat" (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Bit on the Side (Paperback)
This collection of short stories is as nuanced and subtle as all Trevor's work, and there is his usual distinct strain of melancholy running through them, as lovers fail to find happiness and families rumble on with a kind of deadening lack of hope.

In one of the best stories, Sacred Statues, a young man has been encouraged to try and make a living by the sculpture of church statues, but finally has to give up as the enterprise fails. His wife believes in him utterly and, struggling to think of a way he can be fulfilled rather than taking a road mender's job, she goes to a childless woman who lives nearby and offers her unborn baby for a sum of money that will allow her husband to be apprenticed. The goodness of heart of this young woman and her love for her husband comes through in every delicate word of this story. Of course, the childless woman refuses - she is both shocked and disturbed at the offer.

For all the mastery these stories display, there is a feeling that people are largely incapable of being happy - whether through accident or through their own faulty hearts. Love is a consolation, whether it is love of a child, a man or woman, or a piece of music once heard at a concert. But consolations cannot fulfil lives that are otherwise broken by unhappiness. Love affairs end, marriages are forfeited, or end in failure. People are faulty, people are unsatisfied and unhappy. Each of these stories becomes a haunting memory. The power displayed by William Trevor is immensely impressive, but I wish it was not quite so depressing as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trevor's Unnerving Bits and Pieces, 23 Feb. 2012
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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William Trevor is surely one of the most talented, prolific current writers of fiction,The Hill Bachelors,After Rain, and a remarkable master of the short story form. And we find him at his best in A BIT ON THE SIDE. His work is subtle, disquieting, unnerving, with a distinct tendency to transmute the fictional world he's constructing, that you thought you understood, into something quite different: and he does it right before your very eyes. Some of these stories are set in the United Kingdom, some in Ireland, as befits the work of an Irishman resident in the U.K.; a man never quite at home anywhere.

He gives us a woman waiting at a theater bar for a blind date she's going to regret meeting; a private midlands boys'school where nothing is as it should be; a hotel waiter who takes his job way too seriously.

And in his title story,of which we have certain expectations based on the world as we know it: well, he just turns them upside down. His people are sometimes kinder than you might expect, often nastier, but seldom what you thought you were getting. The Irish-born Trevor, who has long lived in Devon, England, has won many awards and commendations during his career and is a longtime critics' favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solitude, 7 May 2014
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This is the most perfect short story told from the point of view of a child and then from the point of view of the adult in later life.
Deeply moving and crafted with a skill that makes this the finest evocation of an act that haunts her all her life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching you by reaching and wrenching the heart, 16 Sept. 2013
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Classic short story writing - events or almost non events bring about life changes. Beautifully constructed with such subtlety and lightness of touch.Never overwritten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied, 27 Sept. 2013
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As I have said in another review, this author is wonderful, delicate and subtle. The service was ok, I definitely recommend the book and the seller
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4.0 out of 5 stars written with great humanity., 15 July 2014
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Clever, Irish-centric, short stories, written with great humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit on the Side. William Trevor., 12 Jun. 2013
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THis was the very first short story I read by this inspirational writer. I enjoyed it so much I read it three times
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