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Sixteen short stories by a specialist in short stories,
This review is from: Essential Stories (Modern Library) (Paperback)
This review is for "Essential Stories" by V.S.Pritchett; it's the "The Modern Library Classics" book that has a short bibliographical note and an Introduction by Jeremy Treglown.
There are sixteen short stories which take up 223 pages. The author was born in 1900 and started getting work published in the 1920's. Apparently he was a well-known critic as well as a writer of short stories.
Alongside reading this book, I have also been reading Hemingway's "Complete Short Stories of .. " and Katherine Mansfield's "The Collected Stories of .. " (all of which are short stories). The short stories by Pritchett are, for me, far superior to Hemingway's or Mansfield's. To be fair to Hemingway and Mansfield, Pritchett's stories are "selected", so he may well have written less interesting stories; I enjoyed this selection, anyway. I never felt like the author was just filling up the page with words; there's a real story, with a purpose, and some of the endings have got a real punch to them - "The Fall" and "When my girl comes home" were my favourites.
With other 1920's and 1930's writers I often need a dictionary to work out vocabulary, but this author keeps the words relatively simple - he just gets on with an entertaining story.