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the ideal short story,
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This review is from: Walter De La Mare, Short Stories 1895-1926 : Vol 1 (Hardcover)
Before reading this collection I had only come across his novel " Memoirs of a Midget "( which I'd imagined to be some kind of Diane Arbus number ! ) Fascinated by this very unique and (nowadays ) obscure author I was delighted to find this recently published collection, containing some of his previously unpublished stories.
I think he is a master of the short story ; he creates so vivdly and evocatively an atmosphere and moment in time that the reader feels like it is a shared memory. The story reveberates in the readers mind long after , so that you end up thinking about the characters and revising your views as if their existence went beyond the boundaries of the book.
One word of caution : the fading light of edwardian gardens, summer nights in forgotten country grave yards, not to mention the lonely hours of odd only children, can all get beyond pleasant melancholy and in to the realms of the desolate. So to appreciate De La Mare's art......one story at a time.