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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars


on 17 September 2017
Yes could be said that this is a strange mix of stories but get over that and appreciate her writing
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on 1 March 2005
New Zealander Katherine Mansfield (nee Kathleen Beauchamp), one of the key modernist authors linked to the so-called Bloomsbury set, said of this, her first commercially published work: 'It was a bad book, but the press was kind to it.'
Well, maybe it's not as bad as she says - and certainly it's a must-have for anyone who's interested in her work - but, when you get right down to it, of course, this is a bunch of stories, the theme of each of which is that "All Germans are stupid and the first person singlular Anglophile narrator (Miss Mansfield) is a civilised smart ass for pointing it out!"
Well, okay if you say so, Miss Mansfield . . . I don't think! And neither do you, I suspect - not in your literary heart of hearts. Because it's the original date of publication of the book which gives us a clue regarding the kindness that was shown to it by the press: 1912 - just two years before WWI broke out, thanks in part to press jingoism . . . and to anti-German propaganda in bad books like this one.
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on 4 July 2016
Free download of a classic on Kindle
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on 16 October 2013
I love all of katherine mansfield work. Hers was a tragic life cut short however her experiences appear to have given her insight into the world of women both rich and poor.
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on 15 March 2016
more like a pamphlet book
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on 31 December 2014
Weird language used, and a strange collection of short stories not really connected with each other.
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