The Garden Party and Other Stories
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.
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...more
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...more
I have to say that The Garden Party and The Little Governess are my favourites in this book and I would recommen...more
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...more
Despite being 'short' stories, you feel as if you have read an entire novel sometimes, due to the depth that s...more
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...more
* “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.
I'd never heard of Katherine Mansfiel...more
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.
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...more
"The Garden Party" is really well done: it's in a young girl, Laura's, POV, and she's just getting to the age where she starts to see and experience the differences between her rich, high-class family and the people who work for them. The garden p...more
Stories like "The Garden Party," one of her best-known, walk the l...more
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...more