The Collected Stories
The Collected Stories - a stunning volume of William Trevor's unforgettable short stories
William Trevor is one of the most renowned figures in contemporary literature, described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker and acclaimed for his haunting and profound insights into the human heart. Here is a collection of his s...more
Somewhere about around 30 years ago, I read the short story "In Love with Ariadne" either in a laundromat, waiting in an airport, or bored above the Arctic Circle in winter, or ....something. I think it was in the "Atlantic Magazine", or some other.
I, almost immediately, also, fell in love with Ariadne. And with the writing of William Trevor.
That short story and many, many others are collected in this book. And any one who has read William Trevor will not need...more
A few characteristic lines to give you the flavor:
"As she did every morning after breakfast, Mrs. Abercrombie recalled her husband's death."
"She was a woman like a sack of something, Jenny considered, with thic...more
This book inspired me to write, to experience the joy of creating my own community of lovable humans, foibles and all.
For a taste of Trevor, may I recommend a smaller Penquin paperback entitled IRELAND (1998) that contains two of my favorite storie...more
"As certainly as there is a bluegrass-and-swimming pool suburbia that will forever be remembered as Cheever Country, there must also be a Trevor Territory: backward villages in England or Ireland with narrow streets full of dogs and bicycles and small boys...more
Trevor is such an excellent portrayer of characters and his writing is so subtle that I can really only read a story or two at a time. Given that this book is, what? ten thousand pages long, I guess I'll finish it around the same time I wrap it up with Anna Karenina. Actually, if it didn't weigh as much as a spare tire, I'd probably take it places and would...more
Non sono scritti male, tuttavia si tende a dimenticarli. Sono un po' "anonimi", diciamo.
It's a big book.
I will read some of it.
Then more of it.
Then the rest of it.
Then start again.
That's the plan.
I mean, really, it's a big book.
Zadie Smith keeps a copy by her bed.
I wish I had a collection of stories to keep by Zadie's bed.
Shades of James Joyce hover near each tale.
I would have liked for my first venture into Trevor to be a bit shorter. I have to say, those last stories had me sighing in relief.