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The Garden Party and Other Stories

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,940 ratings  ·  200 reviews

This recording contains four of Katherine Mansfield's best stories. In The Daughter of the Late Colonel, two sisters are recently bereaved; while in Her First Ball a young girl attends her first dance. The Singing Lesson features Miss Meadows, a music teacher in turmoil; and in The Strangers, a middle-aged couple are reunited.

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Published July 11th 2008 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 1922)
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Lynne King
When I was going through my “Bloomsbury period” about twenty years ago, I read everything I could about the “central members”, and as a consequence Katherine Mansfield came into the equation through being a friend of Virginia Woolf. I read biographies about the former which I loved as she appeared to be such an interesting and gifted person; and I particularly enjoyed the biography by Antony Alpers which delves into many other aspects of her somewhat short tragic life, including “her final searc ...more
Paul

I read that D H Lawrence once wrote to Katherine Mansfield

You are a loathsome reptile - I hope you will die.

(Thank you, Lynne). Ah, the people I have often wished to say the same thing to! (Not you, of course, never you!) But I am not made of such stern stuff as DH. Anyhow, I did not think Miss Mansfield was a loathsome reptile. Quite the reverse – she was a beautiful reptile. She had a cool gaze which swept insight and judgement over this human race of ours, the parts that she knew anyway, and
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Christy B
Oh, Katherine Mansfield, where have you been all my life?

I'm no expert on this type of writing, but I know beautiful stuff when I read it. With 15 stories crammed into this small volume, I felt immensely involved with the characters of all of them. To me, none of the stories had a real beginning, nor end. It was as though you were just plopped into a certain character's life on just any old day and were observing them. You witnessed their emotions, listened to their thoughts and sometimes observ
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Alison
This will not be a terribly thoughtful review, just an expression of excitement. I don't know how I got this far in my life without anybody telling me what a wonderful writer Katherine Mansfield was. She was a master of the Chekhovian and modernist types of short story. When I consider most of the 20C short story collections I've read, I think that Mansfield got there first, and did it better. And even when she didn't get there first, she still did it better: take that, Dubliners!!! And there wa ...more
Amalie
This is my first reading of a collection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. While back I read "The Garden Party" which was amazing but not in an extraordinary way. It did not stress on the dramatization of the story or the completeness of the plot.

After reading the collection it's very clear that is a characteristic of her tales. She's not concerned with clever play on words or creating outrageous situations for her characters, rather concerned with expression of feelings. Her plot was rat
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Tony
Mansfield, Katherine. THE GARDEN PARTY. (1922). *****. Mansfield was a native New Zealander who later moved to England for health reasons. She wrote most of her stories around the turn of the century after abandoning her early intention of becoming a concert cellist. The loss to the cello was the gain to literature. The fifteen short stories collected under this title are exquisite. They are not short stories in the classical sense. They were written in what was then called “the modern style,” m ...more
Anum
After reading these stories I decided that I admire Katherine Mansfield as an author. Her handling of controversial issues is interesting, as instead of asserting herself through her characters, she lets her characters assert themselves on their own. She does not develop a relationship of the author with the reader. Rather she develops a relationship of her characters with him or her.

I have to say that The Garden Party and The Little Governess are my favourites in this book and I would recommen
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Bruce
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Ahmad Sharabiani
714. The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield
داستان کوتاه «گاردن پارتی»، اثر: کاترین منسفیلد، ترجمه: شیرین خالقی، ناشر: خانه آفتاب، آذر ماه سال 1371 ، ادبیات زلاندنو
ماجرای «گاردن‌پارتی» در یک صبح تا شب اتفاق می‌افتد، در منزل مجلل و بزرگ «شریدن»ها. سپیده‌دمان روزی‌ست که قرار است در عصرگاه همانروز گاردن‌پارتی در خانه برگزار شود. همه در تب و تاب و جنب و جوش‌اند. کارگرها و آشپزها به آماده‌سازی مقدمات کار مشغول‌اند، و خانم «شریدن» و سه دختر نوجوان‌اش ـ «مگ»، «جوزی»، و «لورا» ـ بر فعالیت آن‌ها نظارت دارن
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Emre Ergin
Katherine Mansfield- Şarkı Söyleme Dersi- Şule

Önce çeviriye dair konuşayım. Geçenlerde adı Yordam'a benzeyen ama tam ismini de hatırlayamadığım bir dergide, bu seçkinin 50 yıl önce Remzi kitabevinden çıkan Yolculuk adlı seçkiyle aynı öyküleri içerdiğini söylüyordu. Dediği şey bununla sınırlı kalmıyordu, Afili Filintalar ekibinden Orhan Düz'ün, 50 yıl önceki çeviriyi kelime kelime kopya ettiğini söylüyordu.

Bu elbette vahim bir durum, ama kitabı okuduğunuzda vehametin daha da büyük olduğunu görüyo
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Lester
What a fabulous writer. I was completely captivated. Mansfield can really get into the mood and feelings of a character and make you feel the sadness, irony and happiness. Most interesting of all is that you can appreciate each character from more than one point of view - switching from first to third person during the story, for instance. This is done artfully and incredibly sparingly.

Despite being 'short' stories, you feel as if you have read an entire novel sometimes, due to the depth that s
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Greg
I enjoyed At The Bay and The Garden Party the most from this collection of short stories. At The Bay is the winner for me. Each of the stories on it's own is strong. It is collectively they are diluted, probably because the style and people are so much the same for each one.

Although I appreciate the writing and Katherine Mansfield's sure touch of characters and creating the environment, about 2/3rd the way through these short stories I began to think they are formulaic, a bit the same & mos
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Helen Stanton
LOVED these .....read some many years ago but did not appreciate how subtle and heartbreaking they are. Genius !!
Jenn
A recent re-read, I'm struck again how Mansfield finds the deep human moments in the ordinary.
MicheleinNJ
After reading some of the reviews I feel a bit simple. The stories in this collection are interesting enough but are so dated in their feel that I did not really relate to them. You know how so many good stories and novels are timeless, no matter how long ago they were written? These stories were not that way. And yet because I know Mansfield was admired by Virginia Woolf, whose writing I greatly admire and enjoy, I knew there had to be something there that I was apparently missing. Perhaps it w ...more
David
I found Mansfield's stories extraordinarily well crafted, but their cumulative effect was somewhat claustrophobic. She writes about the very specific slice of society that she knew, and is a pretty shrewd observer of that particular world. You could say the same about Faulkner, or Flannery O' Connor, Eudora Welty, or James Joyce. But their writing, though set in a very specific milieu, manages to be universal in a way that Mansfield's is not, IMO. That is, Faulkner et al demonstrate an understan ...more
Brendan
Mansfield’s book collects a series of stories about life in the 19th century, mostly for women, mostly for the wealthy or at least the middle-class. There are a number of character sketches or scene sketches with lot plot arcs that deliver a punch. Some thoughts on a couple that I liked the most:

* “The Stranger” does a great job describing the longing and sadness of a husband who’s missed his wife. But there’s a deeper need there that gets wrecked, and the end of the story is quite poignant.
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Misbah
I cannot get over how wonderfully written this short story was. I had to read Mansfield for one of my uni modules and hadn’t heard of her before but I am so glad that I have been introduced to her! I will definitely be reading more of her works having brought her complete works!!

If you are a fan of Downton or enjoy period dramas of that time I would definitely recommend this. Mansfield effortlessly takes her readers back in time not only through her dialogue but the settings and actions of her c
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Merinde
Aug 21, 2011 Merinde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction
Half-realised meanings, people grasping at something - there is so much uncertainly and a sense of...fleetingness and melancholy in this book. I have no idea how to review this really, except for saying that it was somehow very touching, very human. Katherine Mansfield just writes beautifully, and I wish I had heard of her earlier. The Lady's Maid was just painful, you could feel her life slipping away, or maybe her as a person, buried under years of servitude and humiliation and not deserving, ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Read for my NZ lit course. I had a lot of trouble getting into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I was surprised by how beautiful Mansfield's writing is. She uses metaphor to great effect. Technically and craft-wise, her work seems almost to belong more to the present than the 1920s. Her stories are subtle and nuanced critiques of high class London and New Zealand, and she slips in a bit of feminism, too (nowhere near like a Kate Chopin, though).

I'd never heard of Katherine Mansfiel
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Monica
More short stories. Mansfield is what I would call a "good" writer but her writing embodies everything that I dislike about short stories. Great, interesting premises that stop just short of coming to fruition, characters that could be so much more interesting if they would just be fleshed out more and "life lessons" that aren't really life lessons at all.

Again, I want to say that Mansfield is a "good" writer. She can put a sentence together with beauty and feeling up there with the best of the
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Kyra
I'd read 'Miss Brill' and 'Life of Ma Parker' in class, and I knew Mansfield was a great short story writer, but this book really opened my eyes to short stories as an intense art form. The stories I read were subtle and intricate and really hit me hard; I laughed out loud, felt like crying and kept my fingers crossed that these characters I'd fallen in love with (in a matter of mere pages) would fine their happy ending. They don't always. But every story gave me something different and thought- ...more
Kristin
I read a little over half of these, but I'm not inclined to continue at this point. I had read Katherine Mansfield before, and some of her work is brilliant. Other stuff less so. I don't particularly like the short story format, so I can't say Mansfield did anything herself to stop me from continuing at this point. I just have too much read, and I'm not wholly captivated by her work. She's like a condensed version of Virginia Woolf but with much more of an inclination for turning the plot on its ...more
V.S. Kemanis
After a few decades away from Katherine Mansfield's writing, I am revisiting her stories with pleasure, reminded of their profound influence on me and the ideals to strive for in my writing. She is the expert at 'show, don't tell.' Very little description is given, yet we see these characters vividly through their words and actions. The prose has an irresistible sparkle and energy. The themes of disappointment and disillusionment are masterfully handled, making these stories so beautiful and oft ...more
Mary


Set at the turn of the twentieth century, in small town, upper middle class, England? New Zealand? It could be any English-speaking country. Very understated. Bittersweet stories, mostly. She lets the characters interact with the reader rather than interpreting them for the reader; I'm not sure how she does it. I enjoyed it because the people and the settings are so reminiscent of stories I've heard of how my own extended family was in those years long before i was born. Such tender hearts.
Mary
"Oh impossible. Fancy cream puffs so soon after breakfast. The very idea made one shudder. All the same, two minutes later Jose and Laura were licking their fingers with that absorbed inward look that only comes from whipped cream."

What happens in these stories is less intriguing than how the events are described. Mansfield (like her contemporary Woolf) is pushing language toward something we now define as "modern," although there was barely a model for her to follow as she was doing it. It's i
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Elisabeth
I tried to read this collection some years ago and failed—perhaps because I wasn't a mature enough reader to appreciate it yet, and perhaps partly because of a horrible introduction to the library copy I had (scholarly introductions are the very devil). This time around I appreciated the stories much more, and even enjoyed them. To be sure, the flavor of the collection as a whole is bittersweet, since most of the stories have a root of melancholy somewhere—Mansfield seems to make a specialty of ...more
Bibliophile
One of the few books that actually impressed me this year. Katherine Mansfield's style is absolutely magnificent and with every single story, we, as readers, learn something different about human nature. I actually had to take small breaks to ponder, after reading some of the stories. They're exquisit and deliciously intelligent.
Bethany Lang
I absolutely adored the first story, At The Bay, but was disappointed from there on out. The stories are just kind of boring, and I found myself pushing through to finish.
Lauren
Interestingly, I wrote a research paper about Katherine Mansfield when I was in high school, after reading the short story Ma Parker, which is part of this collection.

My favorite 3 stories out of this book, which I would give 5 stars to were: At The Bay, The Garden Party, and Ma Parker. I also enjoyed The Stranger, although maybe I'd give it 4 stars.

The other stories I could take or leave. I'm not a huge fan of short stories, because they always leave me unsatisfied and wanting more: like a gre
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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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