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Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories

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A collection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. 87 stories:

The tiredness of Rosabel --
How Pearl Button was kidnapped --
The journey to Bruges --
A truthful adventure --
New dresses --
Germans at meat --
The baron --
The sister of the baroness --
Frau Fischer --
Frau Brechenmacher attends a wedding --
The modern soul --
At Lehmann's --
The luft bad --
A birthday --
The child-who-
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Paperback, 688 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Vintage
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The Twins
Jan 15, 2012 The Twins rated it really liked it
This is a book you should buy and have on your reading table at all times. Just one or two stories at the time with a cup of tea. I got the book from the library and read all the stories over a few weeks. With nearly 700 pages this is rather a lot to take in. I love her stories as you are introduced to the characters via one episode out of their lifes. But once you finish the story you feel you've known some of the characters all their life. The way she describes their little particular personal ...more
Amanda Bolderston
Sep 01, 2014 Amanda Bolderston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me a while to finish but it was good to dip into between books or during a quiet five minutes. Mansfield is always touted as one of the best short story writers and those in this collection were lovely, bright little gems - some bitter, some sweet. Many of her stories convey a lurking sense of disaster - a twist in the tale, which makes them all the more piquant. The majority are set in New Zealand, which presents as a subtly "other" backdrop to the themes of (mostly) women's sense of ...more
Donna Henderson
Dec 26, 2014 Donna Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
These short stories are excellent! They deliver everything they need to with regards to all of the short story elements, yet they breathe brevity. We are immediately introduced to the character, and we live out the plot through the character thought and feeling. I particularly liked 'The Tiredness of Rosabel' and it's theme of loneliness and darkness in an every day situation. Katherine manages to pull the darkness of life into most of her stories, and this is really my cup of tea! I truly recom ...more
Shelly
The writing was fine and The Garden Party is still current but the other stories I read were simply veiled tales of lesbian/gay love; unrecognized, unrequited, and unpleasant in my opinion. I understand why she is counted among the foremost of short story-tellers - she does it, as Middleton-Murry claims, almost effortlessly and naturally. However, it's always sad to me when great fiction writers choose to write about less-than-great events. I'm sort of glad I read this but I don't think I'd reco ...more
Jacqui
Mar 04, 2015 Jacqui rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-classic
I read one of her short stories from this collection and couldn't continue. Perhaps one for another time... The short story I read just seemed, well, too short! It ended abruptly just as the characters were developing and getting interesting and it seemed like something, anything, was going to happen. Alas, it was not to be and I returned it to it's hallowed shelf at the library.
Dan
Oct 20, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Carefully crafted and often just a few pages in length, each of these vignettes took me far beyond the printed page. The short story raised to art form.
Vahnabel0
Jun 17, 2009 Vahnabel0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vahnabel0 by: a very good teacher ^^
I don't think it's the edition i'm reading but, anyway, Katherine Mansfield.
I like the author's style and her way to say what she want to say (and what she doesn't want to mean!).
Georgia
Possibly the best collection of short stories i have read. Although many are fairly similar they still provided enough plot and depth to create an interesting read.
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Kathleen Mansfield Murry was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield.

Katherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period. A number of her works, including "Miss Brill", "Prelude", "The Garden Party", "The Doll's House", and later works such as "The Fly", are frequently collected in short st
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