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A Bit on the Side by [Trevor, William]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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"Reading the Irish writer William Trevor is like drinking cool water when you are tired. You may think you want something stronger or fizzier than his understated prose and his calm understanding of the human condition; but before long you realise that he is providing the kind of refreshment you really need.... His [10]th volume of short stories shows him at his best.... He holds the attention without any melodrama or cheap tricks."
--"The Sunday Telegraph, April 18, 2004
"Beautiful, spartan prose...His characters are concisely drawn. [They] understand the consolations of sympathy. [This] is a suggestion that lends a human quality to his writing."
--"Saturday Telegraph, April 24, 2004
"Perfectly crafted stories... In his tenth book of stories William Trevor displays a matter-of-fact mastery. His tone and material are distinctive without any striving-it's rare for him to raise his voice.... Trevor keeps his point of view fluid, so that the reader's impressions of a central character can be enriched by other people's.... Trevor has laid claim to a large stretch of human terrain. He must go on exploring it, even at the risk of turning it into a private and increasingly imaginary country. Call it Trevorland."
--"The Observer, April 25, 2004
Praise for William Trevor:
"The greatest living writer in English is an Anglo-Irishman named William Trevor. . . . It might seem presumptuous to speak about Trevor in Shakespearean terms, but he is among the few contemporary writers who warrant the comparison."
--"The Globe and Mail
"One of the pre-eminent writers of his generation. He is arguably the finest story writer from the era that may have seen the form reach itsapex."
--"Toronto Star
"Often spoken of in the same breath as Joyce and Chekhov, Trevor shares both writers' subtlety, and, like them, is able to create distinct and mysterious worlds."
--"National Post
"One of the greatest writers alive."
--"The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

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Every story here is a model example of just how much a great writer can reveal in a short space. ("Newsweek") A Bit on the Side is a wonderful book? William Trevor really is the best short story writer alive. (Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post")

"Every story here is a model example of just how much a great writer can reveal in a short space." --Newsweek

"A Bit on the Side is a wonderful book... William Trevor really is the best short story writer alive." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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"Every story here is a model example of just how much a great writer can reveal in a short space." --Newsweek



"A Bit on the Side is a wonderful book... William Trevor really is the best short story writer alive." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9GU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2009
Format: 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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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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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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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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