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The Oil Jar and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048628459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486284590
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have not read any Pirandello before but I found these intriguing little stories an excellent introduction. They all seem to be about individuals' subjective perceptions of each other and how that can change. I particularly liked "With other eyes" and "A Voice".
I bought the Kindle edition - it was fine, active table of contents and all.
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By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2001
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This is an excellent collection of short stories which includes A Character's Tragedy and what I regard as one of the greatest short stories ever written Mrs Frola and Mr Ponza, her son-in-law.
They all deal with the mdness and absurdity of everyday life and the relativity of truth, in a simple, expressive way. @where is the illusio, where isthe reality@ is a common phrase used and reading these stories you soon agree. These stories are highly recommended and I assure you that after this, you will lokk upon all fiction very differently
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Not particularly fluently translated, but such wonderful stories that they have to be highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90bf58ac) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91247444) out of 5 stars Wonderful slice of 19th century Sicilian life 8 Dec. 2001
By Tampa Quilter - Published on Amazon.com
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This tiny booklet of short stories offers wonderful vignettes of 19th century life in Sicily. The characters come alive and some of the stories remind me of my late grandparents' tales about villagers in the "old country". Especially nice booklet for people of Sicilian descent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91247690) out of 5 stars Worth the price 7 Sept. 2007
By Roger Bagula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These short stories are a strange Surreal landscape of humor and characterization.
There is virtue in this capture of a culture and a time in words.
These are some of the best short stories of this period that I've read.
I'm glad they weren't overworked in to parts of a novel
as is the custom today.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912478d0) out of 5 stars Cute stories for any reader 17 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not-Hard stories that anyone of just about any mental capacity can read and understand, I liked it for that. Great stories, stories pretty much based on the most common tales of humanity and society, but with an interesting twist. I rated it a 4 primarily for what it offers to a lot of people, the opportunity to read well written novelettes, and because its not quite a 5 (its no Les Miserables or War and Peace) but still enjoyable!
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HASH(0x91247b7c) out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this 6 May 2006
By Megan Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read these stories for one of my classes, and I really liked it. The stories were impeccable and Pirandello was a brilliant story-teller. A book that I could read again and again.
HASH(0x91247e4c) out of 5 stars Perfect Pirandello - I Think 17 Jan. 2014
By propertius - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Pirandello's fame rests on his plays, this slim collection of short stories can be considered a theoretical road map of his development as an artist. The first six stories might be considered Sicilian tales and afford the reader such nuggets as a character mentioning he had to pay duty on oranges he brought to Naples from Sicily and the comment that the villages thought a new woman in town was respectable because she wore shoes of an American design and of course the pessimism and fatalism of life in Sicily.

The last five stories might be considered, aside from great story-telling, to be Pirandello's artistic and thematic manifesto concerning reality and illusion. This is a definite aid when approaching his plays which are more opaque in telling us what the writer means. Of course there is the unique and dramatic Pirandello shift which is always dramatic but never theatrical.

So, pick and choose your stories according to your delights.
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