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5.0 out of 5 stars Noley At His Best!, 1 July 2000
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jonathangranato@hotmail.com (Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Collected Short Stories (The Coward collection) (Paperback)
In his short stories, Noel Coward shines. Coward colours his characters with just enough background and personality traits that one begins to identify with them.
In "Aunt Titty" he writes about a man who has been bounced from family member to family member and ends up in Paris with his aunt Titania, a dancing show-girl. The end is wrenching and heartbreaking. "The Kindness of Mrs. Radcliffe" is an early version Hyacinth Bucket, but a lot meaner with absolutely no trace of humour.
"Me And The Girls" tells the story of a second rate nightclub entertainer who develops an incurable disease and writes his memoirs from his hospital bed in a fashionable clinic in Switzerland. Again, Coward breathes life into these characters, leaving you with the desire to find out what happens to them after the stories end.
"Star Quality" is one of my favourites. A new playwright's work is being presented by a major drama company and the poor fellow must endure all the drama and hysteria of bitchy (but enormously talented) leading ladies, a gay director and his amusingly frank boyfriend, and brittle dinners with "theatre people" that practically leave him gasping for air!
If you are a fan of Noel Coward, this collection of stories is something you'll return to again and again. Oh, and don't lend it out! You might never get it back!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite., 15 Sept. 2003
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S. Hapgood "www.sjhstrangetales.com" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Collected Short Stories (The Coward collection) (Paperback)
There simply isn't a duff story in this collection. All are beautifully-written and cover a wide range of characters and situations, and The Master can sometimes cram so much detail into a single paragraph that it's quite hard to keep up!
Some are sad and poignant, such as "Traveler's Joy" and "Aunt Tittie", which bring home the loneliness of the vagabond showbusiness life, and "Stop Me If You've Heard It" about a has-been comedian who doesn't realise he isn't amusing anyone anymore. Whilst others I found laugh-out loud funny, such as "What Mad Pursuit?" in which an English writer longs for a good night's kip, but has no hope of getting one when staying in a houseful of exhausting high society Americans, or "This Time Tomorrow" about a woman scared stiff of flying who is about to embark on a long-haul flight to Jamaica.
There is also a great delicacy about these stories, there is nothing heavy-handed about them. The punchline to "A Richer Dust" is extremely subtle, biting and clever. "Mr And Mrs Edgehill", about a rather sad middle-aged English couple living in a forgotten outpost of the British Empire during World War 2 lingers in the mind. One of my favourites though is "Ashes Of Roses" about an actress meeting an old flame 20 years on and finding him somewhat changed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming eloquence and wit!, 22 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Collected Short Stories (The Coward collection) (Paperback)
It's five stars but wish I could give more. This man was a true genius. Even the names he gives his characters are perfectly fitting to their period and class. Just like many other "greats", he wrote his fair share of long forgotten, inferior works amongst those which will be cherished for eternity. But the best are in a class of their own outstanding brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Condition, 19 Jan. 2013
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I had been hunting for this highly recommended collection of short stories by Noel Coward for some time. A truly fabulous writer and storyteller.
This book was in perfect condition, in fact I would find it hard to believe that it had actually been read.
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