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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignored Brilliance
Virginia Woolf apparently was intimidated by the work of Katherine Mansfield and reading the collected short stories certainly gave me an idea of why contemporary Woolf was awed by the talent of Mansfield. There are brilliant glimpses into the human character evident in this work. Though it may seem more tempting to buy a smaller selection, for example "The Garden...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Considerable Talent
This volume contains all of Katherine Mansfield's short stories, together with a number of unfinished fragments. She published three collections of stories in her lifetime, "In a German Pension" in 1911 and "Bliss" and "The Garden Party" in the early 1920s towards the end of her life; her husband John Middleton Murry was to publish two collections more after her death in...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flashes of greatness .... but somehow heartbreakingly disappointing, 24 Feb. 2011
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Clearly showing the influence of Chekhov, Mansfield's stories are beautifully written, feminine pieces with light shining through them as light shines through a vividly coloured prism. They capture brief moments in time and tend to balance on a single significant moment and the best focus on the lives of `ordinary' people and are stunning yet oblique.

Mansfield's great tragedy was the brevity of her life and as H. E. Bates says "like Keats ... she will be the subject of generations of literary speculators, who will wonder what she might have done if she could only have lived on". This is a pertinent point because her stories only fully mature and flourish with the publication of her last collection in 1921, `The Garden Party', the title story of which is one of her two masterpieces.

Mansfield's other masterpiece was `The Doll's House', a near perfect piece of prose that is her finest story. Covering themes such as cruelty, class consciousness and snobbery the story has an elegiac, tender ending as the two Kelvey sisters dreamily gaze across the hay paddocks and the shy, owl-like Else with her huge solemn eyes whispers "I seen the little lamp". There is no doubt where the author's sympathies lay and it would take a reader with a heart of stone to side with the small minded, snobby Burnell children. The stars of the story are Else and Lil who have briefly and magically been admitted to a world they had been excluded from.

Other stand-out stories include `Pictures', `A Dill Pickle', `Sixpence', `At the Bay', `Mr and Mrs Dove', `Life of Ma Parker'; and stories that specifically focus on the joy of being alive such as `Her First Ball' and the theme of overcoming life's disappointments such as `The Singing Lesson'.

There are 88 stories in this collection but far too many are unnecessarily vague and oblique. A good example is `Spring Pictures', an inconsequential story where NOTHING happens and the reader does not feel more alive after reading it. Any reader daunted by the length of the book could easily skip the 80 odd pages of `Unfinished Stories' which, although beautifully written, are rather unsatisfying. The collection `In A German Pension' is especially weak too. To get a real feel for the poetry and gorgeous lyricism of Mansfield's work read the stories contained in `The Garden Party', `Bliss' and `The Dove's Nest'.

If she had lived Katherine Mansfield would have written many more great stories of the English language. However, ultimately, I can't help thinking of Mansfield, "yes, she was great but she could've been so much greater".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield., 25 Oct. 2011
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I was not a fan of short stories. They generally left me feeling dissatisfied, as there was no depth. Katherine Mansfield has changed that. She writes with intrigue and her language is subtle, teasing and psycological. Virginia Wolfe was envious of her writing and its orginality! Beat that. I love reading Katherine Mansfield. It is such a shame she died so young.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Sept. 2014
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seng as b'day present and had no response !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Mansfield's short stories, 1 Jan. 2011
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An amazingly subtle writer, she died so young but has left behind a body of work that competes with the greatest writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Feb. 2015
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Great stories
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