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The Sexes

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Includes such stories as: 'The Sexes', 'The Lovely Leave', 'The Little Hours', 'Glory in the Daytime' and 'Lolita'.
Paperback, 83 pages
Published February 2011 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1944)
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Mark Easton
Aug 22, 2011 Mark Easton rated it it was amazing
The Sexes is a small collection of Dorothy Parker's short stories about relationships, and is published as part of Penguin's mini modern classics series.

The first story, the Sexes, is a masterclass in dialogue: taught, lucid, and oozing with an admixture of cultural, emotional and interpersonal tension. As a singular comment on the complex narrative that exists between the sexes, it is an aggressive shot across the bow against those that seek to deny the differences between the genders.

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Edel
May 10, 2013 Edel rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories was a joy to read. There are five stories included and my personal favourite was" The Little Hours" ... Something about being up in the small hours of the morning was really captured well by Dorothy in this story.. This book is a wonderful addition to any booklovers shelves especially if you already a fan of the great woman.
Caroline
Jun 25, 2015 Caroline rated it liked it
Pretty much "bah" except for "Lolita" which I really liked.
Penni Russon
Oct 09, 2011 Penni Russon rated it it was amazing
This has been the year of the short story for me, and this miniature collection was entirely satisfying. Her talent for layering meaning and intent in a simple sentence is delicious.
Kate O'Hanlon
I want to like Parker far more than I do. She can turn a very nice sentence but there's something cold and empty at the core of most of her stories.
Lea
Sep 22, 2016 Lea rated it liked it
Reading this the second time I still liked these short stories but did not love them. While they're clever and entertaining the dialogue just never rings true to life for me, there is something very carefully constructed about them (I'm not sure how much of a bad thing that necessarily is, though?). Still, I'd be interested in reading more of her. If not, I'll probably re-read this book in another 3 years anyway.
Sophie
Jul 30, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
Strongly reminiscent of the language used in 'Cather in the Rye', these short stories paint a vivid portrait of everyday longing, hardships, triumphs... An excellent introduction to Parker's work.
Anna
May 08, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories
Reading Dorothy Parker is like curling up under a warm, colorful blanket. This is a nice new Penguin series that makes very good writing accessible and portable.
Deedee
Common theme: at least one character is upset at being left, and in words and deeds express the sentiment: "You can't leave me alone like this."
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Disappointing short stories with surprisingly mundane dialogue.
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Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Ta
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