The Oil Jar and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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I bought the Kindle edition - it was fine, active table of contents and all.
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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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.
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.