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The Garden Party and Other Stories

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,069 Ratings  ·  301 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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Violet wells
Oct 08, 2016 Violet wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piazza del Duomo is my least favourite place in Florence. I always hurry through it. Probably San Marco (except at four in the morning) and St Peters are my least favourite places in, respectively, Venice and Rome so I guess I just don’t respond very well to the grandiose. I prefer what’s smaller, more secret, more ostensibly self-effacing. A criticism often levelled at Katherine Mansfield’s stories are that they are small things, limited in scope. Lawrence in Women in Love famously depicted her ...more
Nov 20, 2015 KOHEY.Y. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
It is always a joyful occasion for me to meet an author whose words and phrases I cherish and reflect on in my mind.
I’m truly amazed at her imagination to capture every little moments in life,and to turn the unimaginable into the tangible through her sensitive and sometimes curious eyes.Fifteen short stories contained here are only an extension of mundane,everyday life,but it shows us a good indication of how colorful,passionate,and tragic our life can become under a great writer.I highly recom
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 Bryant
Aug 23, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

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
May 04, 2015 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Short stories' doesn't seem like the right word for this collection. Instead they seem more like impressionistic scenes. They're short descriptions of events with a keen eye on personal detail as a substitute for long exposition. One of these 'stories' is a depiction of a country market, with stands of stacked curiosities and yawping salesmen. But there are some stories which are little more than conversations or days in a family's life.

Mansfield shows things. She does not tell you whether a c
 Carol ♛ Type, Oh Queen! ♛
It was time for me to revisit the work of my favourite New Zealand author, Katherine Mansfield.

KM wrote the way an Impressionist painter painted -with deft paint strokes she painted her world. Plagued with ill health, her life was cut tragically short, dying at Fountainbleau when aged only 34. This collection of short stories,published just before her death, contain some of her finest work.

At the Beach.

One of the stories set in NZ with a fictionalised version of KMs family. Crescent Beach is Day
The Garden Party and Other Stories was written as modernist Katherine Mansfield was battling tuberculosis, and this is her last book of short stories. The stories show a slice of life with ambiguous endings which leave the reader thinking about the character's next move. The short stories are about class differences, gender roles, social interactions, couple dynamics, family relationships, isolation, coming of age, and death. Here's a few thoughts about the fifteen stories in this collection:

Dec 25, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars) Katherine Mansfield creates stories set in a small, narrow world in which the details of life seem to be blown all out of proportion, at least to the sensibilities of a (this) modern reader. On the other hand, the same details take on a curious kind of importance in her stories precisely because they are singled out; it’s as if they are encased in glass for readers to gaze at and contemplate precisely because of their minuteness, which puts them in the very foreground of life for our ...more
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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I read some Katherine Mansfield during my year of reading Oceania, since she is from New Zealand, and knew I needed to read more. This set of stories is from the end of her life, the same era as the years right after the first world war. The endings are often obscure, and would make for great discussion in a group.

Another element of Mansfield's stories that I really like is that the NZ landscape is always present. The first story, "At the Bay," really highlights this on a coastal sheep farm wher
Aug 11, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Mansfield writes short stories with zest and resonance. This collection includes stories with settings in New Zealand (where she lived as a child and adolescent), the French Riviera and England. Themes include life, death, class, illusion and reality. She writes with a distinctive style and conveys complex truths and thoughts with deceptive simplicity.

The characters in each story all have a suggestive isolation from each other. Some stories are tinged with a critical, teasing and despa
I'm so excited because I've discovered a new writer, at least new to me, and I will look forward to many wonderful hours of reading as I work my way through the rest of Mansfield's collections. If The Garden Party and Other Stories is any indication, Katherine Mansfield was a master at wriiting short stories. Born in New Zealand but moved to England, she was friends with D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Like the Bronte's, she lived a short but productive literary life. She died of an illness in ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 modern 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 there was a terrible moment when I saw why Virginia Woolf felt so threatened by her, because, if I’d read the book with no cov ...more
Este é mais um, de entre tantos livros, que li na "pré-história" e, porque o esqueci completamente, atirei-o para o Goodreads acompanhado de uma ou duas estrelas.
Noutras leituras deparei-me várias vezes com o nome de Mansfield e decidi relê-lo.

São nove contos em que as personagens são mulheres em jaulas; mais mentais do que físicas, mas jaulas. Mulheres prisioneiras da educação e da cultura e vida da época, em que pouco mais podiam fazer do que sair da casa dos pais para a casa do marido. As q
This review was written as I read along, so there's no structure to it. It's a recording of my impressions and thoughts throughout the reading process. My general thoughts about the collection as a whole are at the end.

At the Bay *****
Mansfield is an incomparable master of language. She uses it as a brush. She has this magical power to evoke crystal clear mental images in the reader's head and a thorough submergence in the atmosphere in her heart, all accomplished by means of a few brush strok
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 دارند. در نزدی
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written by Katherine Mansfield
1922 (reissued AUGUST 9, 2016); 304 Pages
Genre: short stories, prose, fiction, classics

(I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review.)

I have probably read Mansfield before in high school or university but I cannot remember at this point. At least, the stories in this novel did not spark a connection. Yet, Mansfield's writing feels familiar. I really enjoy the way she brings characters to life and gives
Jul 10, 2014 Amalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
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
Jul 09, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The modernist writer of short fiction, Katherine Mansfield, was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888. She moved to London in her late teens, spent much of her short life there, and died in France of tuberculosis at age 34. This collection contains fifteen of her stories. Here are a few of my jottings about each one:

“At the Bay”: a montage of short episodes with contrasting characters weaving in and out of each others’ lives. Ambiguities and dissatisfactions without a linear plot. There are a
Leer a Mansfield siempre es una experiencia agradable y a veces hasta resulta sorprendente, sobre todo cuando uno cree que ya conoce sus formas y resoluciones en los cuentos. Eso me pasó con este relato, que empieza mostrando una escena particular para terminar con un toque de amargura.

Fiesta en el jardín cuenta precisamente eso: una familia, los Sheridan, está organizando una reunión en el jardín, con invitados y orquesta en vivo. Las hijas van y vienen ordenando y cuidando los detalles, sobr
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
Oct 12, 2011 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely little vignettes in which the author explores class differences, relationships, and the fleeting nature of life. I quite enjoyed these short stories.
Jun 16, 2016 Maryann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mansfield writes from the inside of a doll house. The fancy handmade kind with miniature china sets and thin glass panes in the windows. Everything is cute and quaint and "Oh dear, mama!" and I just wanted to die after the first two stories. They all reminded me of a little girl playing with dolls- there was no depth in either Mansfield's characters or her writing. As for comparisons to Woolf, which was why I started reading this in the first place, that is a lie and it needs to stop. Two stars ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These potently beautiful and devastating stories take slow and separate readings. "The Garden Party" gracefully and simply accumulates depths: coming of age, callousness, class, the joyfulness of being alive in a beautiful place . . . It's a story that lingers in the mind. "Miss Brill," and some of the other stories are devastating in their power to convey vulnerability.
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Apr 25, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially gave this three stars, but while re-reading some of the stories in order to write this, I realized that they are really quite lovely.

In "The Bay" Mansfield gives us the story of a single day, seen through the eyes of several people. Relationships, hopes and dreams, meaning are briefly sketched. "We are dumb trees, reaching up in the night, imploring we know not what" seemed to be the moral here. In "The Garden Party", a young woman struggles with following her emotions or doing what
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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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