Under a Glass Bell (Modern Classics) Paperback – 24 April 1986
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- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140082514
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140082517
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (24 April 1986)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,589,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These short stories have been criticized for focusing solely on the descriptional aspect at the expense of a solid plot. This view is absolutely inadequate to the real nature of this work. It is true that there is an imperative domain of symbolic expressionism, but an attentive approach will uncover new layers of meaning. Different stories convey different messages, so the reader should not search for a unity that in fact was not intended by the author. There is no such thing as a single plot, but a number of different plots. And, obviously enough, because of their being short stories, they are not meant to express complex plots, although, through the use of their, at times, complex language, the author manages to create deep underlying meanings. These stories should be appreciated as an artist's keen observation and interpretation of human experiences and nature, not as a mere fictional work with a definite plot.
For their strong symbolism, these short stories demand some willingness from the reader's part in order to be justly appreciated. I suggest that only those ready to make an effort should devote their time to this collection of short stories.