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The Collected Stories Paperback – 2 Sep 1993

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (2 Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 014015857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140158571
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written many novels, and has won many prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His latest novel, Love and Summer, is published in August 2009. His most recent short-story collection was Cheating at Canasta (2007). In 1999 William Trevor received the prestigious David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime’s literary achievement, and in 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. He now lives in Devon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
This is a truly wonderful book: dozens of short stories of consistently high quality by one of the really great figures in literature. Trevor uses words with great precision and economy to depict a whole world and portray a complex and ambivalent character within paragraphs. His two special tricks are the use of incredibly flat, deadpan prose to tell us about something really horrible or astonishingy bizarre; and the use of incredibly funny, almost surreal dialogue.
The earlier stories are sometimes blackly humorous and macabre. The latter ones have an autumnal and elegaic feel. It is hard to know which type to prefer, or to pick a favourite. A personal top six would be "Memories of Youghal", "An Evening with John Joe Dempsey", "Mrs Silly", "Bodily Secrets", "Two More Gallants" and "Coffee with Oliver". But another half dozen would do just as well. One feels there is a trick, to have produced so much with such excellence. But there is no trick: just constant excellence.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a cause for celebration. Trevor is a master of the short story, and having all of his work published extant makes this boxed set a desert island necessity. The only caveat is the quality of the paper--pretty cheap overall, a reflection of these shortsighted times and an insult on the part of his publisher. These are volumes that one should cherish for the next century: it is doubtful that the paper will last that long.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not going to review Trevor's ability as a short story writer - plenty have done that already. All I can add is that, for me, he's up there with Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, Nabokov and John Cheever, part of that small group of short story writers who happily and ably carry Chekhov's mantle. I bought this collection to fill a few gaps and because it promised to be a high quality product. However, it's beautifully designed, but horribly printed. Nasty, cheap paper and printing completely undermine the ambition of creating such - on the surface - a lovely looking object. Each time I have started reading from the book, immersing myself in a new story, I found it hard not to be galled and distracted by Penguin's meanness. There are plenty of paperbacks whose production standard and tactile pleasures are far, far greater.
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Format: Paperback
This is a truly wonderful book: dozens of short stories of consistently high quality by one of the really great figures in literature. Trevor uses words with great precision and economy to depict a whole world and portray a complex and ambivalent character within paragraphs. His two special tricks are the use of incredibly flat, deadpan prose to tell us about something really horrible or astonishingy bizarre; and the use of incredibly funny, almost surreal dialogue.
The earlier stories are sometimes blackly humorous and macabre. The latter ones have an autumnal and elegaic feel. It is hard to know which type to prefer, or to pick a favourite. A personal top six would be "Memories of Youghal", "An Evening with John Joe Dempsey", "Mrs Silly", "Bodily Secrets", "Two More Gallants" and "Coffee with Oliver". But another half dozen would do just as well. One feels there is a trick, to have produced so much with such excellence. But there is no trick: just constant excellence.
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Format: Paperback
This is my favourite book ever, a collection from the pen of a complete master. Trevor is unmatched, in Europe at least, for his skill at drafting short stories of insight, depth, humour and drama. Not always enamoured with the human race, the odd overly-gloomy story can be overlooked in favour of the scores of powerful and brilliant ones. Perhaps the only complaint is that the book is just too big, making his great acheivements seem less rare than they are.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a terrific set of the collected William Trevor short stories. Other reviewers have commented on the excellence of Trevor's work and I agree : the stories deserve a 5 star rating. 5 stars for Trevor but zero stars for Penguin.

Unfortunately, Penguin have produced a beautiful design that they have managed to convert into a shoddy product. Poor paper, poor printing and, worst of all, a shabby board, rather than cloth, binding. I thought that I was purchasing something that would give pleasure for decades. Given that one will wish to dip into these stories often, I cannot see the book lasting long before the volumes begin to fall apart.

Ultimately it feels that Penguin have shown little respect to Trevor. What a disappointment.
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Format: Paperback
This is a big collection and it took me some time to read but it was time well spent. Every story is fascinating and well crafted. The everyday made extraordinary. Take some time out in a park in the shade near the sunshine for a real treat
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Format: Hardcover
Even with the generous Amazon discount on this two volume set it an expensive buy, but worth every penny. Trevor's stories are a wonder each one remaining in your mind long after you have finished it. This is a book you take time over, I'm sure it will take me a year or more to finish both volumes. This book is like keeping fine bottles of wine in your cellar, you only partake when the moment is right. If I have any criticisms they would be the lack of a critical introduction and I wish the dates of the stories had been given. Though Trevor's writing clearly indicates the period. The quality of the printing inside the book is not brilliant sometimes but you're there to read the stories and soon forget these small issues. In the end this set would be my desert island book.
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