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The Collected Stories

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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 sh

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Nov 19, 2014 William1 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 20-ce, uk, stories
I tend to think of William Trevor as Ireland's John Cheever. There are no doubt myriad differences between the two writers, but what they have in common seems to me too striking to ignore. There is a certain preference for bibulous, upper middle-class, affluent couples. People bored with their creature comforts and their money and their children and their marriages; professional people, usually, bored too with their jobs and their tawdry affairs and their colleagues. Both Trevor and Cheever als ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Mosca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Mosca by: Harpers Magazine???

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
May 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
Brilliant. The best short stories I have ever read. The range of characters, of misery, and of humor are absolutely incredible. Trevor can make you laugh while a pit of dread simultaneously opens in your gut. So typically Irish, that--after all, you never laugh so much as at an Irish wake.
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
Apr 17, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the best short stories I have ever read. In just a few pages, Mr. Trevor creates an entire universe. I am enjoying this collection so much that I am only read a story a day and decided to not finish this at this time. That way I can return to it and read a new story. This is simply the best. Any person who is a fan of short stories must read these. And if you don't like short stories, you will still like these stories since he tells a novel in a matter of pages.
Елегантни, топли и меки, тези разнообразни разкази дават поне дузина интерпретации на водещия лайтмотив - този за дълбоката самота. Невписващ се в настоящето, объркан и несигурен спрямо всичко, което бъдещето би могло да предложи, човекът, живеещ измежду страниците на "Танци за влюбени", удобно се подслонява в едно идилично минало. Вече нереално, малко измислено, доста идеализирано или пък никога не съществувало - то дава онази опора, от която героите се нуждаят, за да могат тихо да продължат да ...more
Vit Babenco
Mar 30, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I am writing this in the drawing-room, in fact at Mrs Ashburton’s writing-desk. I don’t think of it as a story – and certainly not as a letter, for she can never read it – but as a record of what happened in her house after the war. If she hadn’t talked to me so much when I was nine there would not be this record to keep, and I would not still feel her presence. I do not understand what has happened, but as I slowly move towards the age she was when she talked to me I slowly understand a little ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that will always be on my night table as I read and reread these gems. Excellence in short story writing is a rare talent and the fact that William is a fellow Irishman is only a grateful coincidence! Until my mid-life I had considered Anton Chekhov as the king of short stories and while he will never be dethroned William Trevor is sitting squarely at his right hand and only a little lower in the pantheon. Describing Trevor's short story style is impossible and analysi ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Janebbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On November 1, 1992 Viking published the entire first seven collections of short stories of one William Trevor, called the "greatest living writer of short stories" by Booker prizewinning Irish author John Banville. This awesome tome has 1296 pages. The NY Times Book Review calls the stories "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives."

For a taste of Trevor, may I recommend a smaller Penquin paperback entitled IRELAND (1998) that contains two of my favorite storie
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Over the years I’ve derived so much enjoyment from short stories, in some ways my favourite literary genre alongside the critical essay. I really began when I was little with myths and folktales, a tradition for which I still retain considerable affection. By the age of ten or so I was reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. From there, in successive stages, I discovered such wonderful story tellers as William Somerset Maugham (his Far Eastern stories are a particular favouri ...more
Ashley Memory
Jul 26, 2010 Ashley Memory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The variety and texture in these gems by the greatest short story writer still living (and still published in the New Yorker) make this collection a reason to be stranded on a desert island. If this fat book were a floatation device, I’d jump ship and never be seen again.

This book inspired me to write, to experience the joy of creating my own community of lovable humans, foibles and all.
Stela Markova
Aug 17, 2014 Stela Markova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Попаднах на Уилям Тревър напълно случайно, но погълнах този сборник с няколко следобедни кафета. Разказите са обединени от ясно изразена нишка - невъзможността на хората да общуват помежду си и да изразяват, това, което биха желали. Стилът е увлекателен. Детайлите и тънката ирония, съчетани с привидната обективност на автора "наблюдател", оставят силно впечатление.
Jan 11, 2011 Kasandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Though these stories are set in Ireland, England, and Scotland for the most part, and the scenery is lovingly described and the way of life very clearly presented, they could be happening anywhere -- the human emotion and complexity of relationships and inner worlds is as well described as anything I've ever read. These stories suck you in and leave you thinking. I've never read better. This book took me a while to get through because it is so hefty, but it was well worth the time and t ...more
Anne Sanow
Feb 08, 2008 Anne Sanow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trevor can seem quiet and traditional, but he's really rather brilliantly subversive in the way he manages to step away from authorial pronouncement and just let the characters reveal themselves. So much contemporary Irish literature is steeped in shamrocks, bogs, and sentimental blarney, but not Trevor's Ireland: this is social- and class-consciousness at its sharpest. Everything's good in this collection--for my money, Trevor is simply incapable of writing a bad story. As just one example, see ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At nearly 1,300 pages this is the best book ever. One day I couldn't stop reading and read 500 pages. Mr. Trevor's Selected Stories was listed as one of the top 5 on the New York Times list last year - this is better - lots more to read! He is compared to Alice Munro and rightly so as he can really tell a wonderful insightful tale all in just a few pages. A must read.
Кремена Михайлова
Рядко се случва сборник с разкази да започва с едноименния разказ. В този е така и това ми хареса – директно насочване към атмосферата на разказите.

Не очаквах такъв разказ да ме впечатли, има много книги за самотни жени/мъже. Но се натъжих пак. Помислих си какво представляват възможностите за избор на връзка в малко село/градче. Често вариантите са: или сам докрай, или „каквото се намира“. Като се добави, че едно време е имало и подобни нрави: „… беше станала за подигравка като Мадж Даунинг, ко
Aug 15, 2014 Vladimir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2014
на места прекалено близки до реалността разкази, представящи предимно по-неприятната част от живота - неосъществени копнежи, примиряване със ситуацията, приемане на неща, които не искаме да приемем...

разкази, оставящи горчиво чувство, замислящи за реално случващото се около нас
Jan 28, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Trevor's short stories are the best written in English since James Joyce experimented with epiphanies. They are not for the faint of heart. Trevor's tales build quietly, using humor and quotidian detail to delay an uneasy knowledge of coming events that the reader comes to see must unfurl, at some point, by story's end. Even in his least subtle tales, however (and these are rare), I've always found myself respectfully approaching his endings. He is the master of the slow, glancing, but i ...more
Jack Long
Nov 25, 2013 Jack Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Schiff penned a huge epic piece on Trevor in the December 28, 1992 New Yorker, Vol.68, Issue 45, pg. 158 titled, "The Shadows of William Trevor," whereby he spent time at Trevor's home. This paragraph pretty much sums up Trevor's work:

"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
Ryan Williams
Jun 15, 2016 Ryan Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Virtually everyone says that Trevor is the greatest living writer of short fiction on our side of the pond. It seems odd that it took The New Yorker until the late 70s (Trevor's career started 20 years earlier) to print his work. The early stories - especially the ones set in England - have a tetchiness that grates, though that quickly fades into empathy as the collection rolls on. The mature Trevor has more compassion for his characters than any other writer I can think of.

Favourites? 'Broken H
Oct 23, 2015 Adi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Чудесен сборник с разкази! Някой от разказите бяха доста меланхолични, и ме натъжиха ("Танци за влюбени"), други ме ядосаха ("Ограбвана"), а трети ме шокираха ("Ангели в "Риц"", "Навреме за раздането"). Като цяло всеки разказ беше индивидуален, задълбочен и пропит с безнадежност и примирение от съдбата.
Richard McDonough
I have read all of his stories, I believe. He is one of the greats of the English language. Munro, Pritchett, Frank O'Connor, Mavis Gallant and he are the creme de la creme of the short story in the twentieth century.
Linda Michel-Cassidy
So far, I am loving these stories. True to Trevor fashion, everyone is miserable or drunk, and there's a lot of bad weather. I miss Ireland.
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
Michael Jayfox
Dec 29, 2013 Michael Jayfox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you say he is the counterpart to Alice Munro? As far as the best living short story writers goes, he is undeniably up there. Trevor is quite formulaic but it comes from years of perfection in his craft. And when you feel like you see the next turn in the road, that's when Trevor jerks the wheel into traffic. Read: "The Table"
Kathryn Ma
Jan 18, 2014 Kathryn Ma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trevor is a master. I'm in awe of his storytelling, and his compassion for us all.
Apr 19, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I go back to this again and again and again. With each delicately realised story I step into a unique, melancholy little universe in which someone, to quote from Trevor's later story 'At Olivehill', is learning 'how to accept defeat, how best to banish pride and know humility, how best to live restricted lives'.
Aug 13, 2008 Dan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have a plan.
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.
Zadie's cute.
I wish I had a collection of stories to keep by Zadie's bed.
Elizabeth Neill
Oct 05, 2013 Elizabeth Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It has meant so much to me. I find myself in Trevor's characters and consider him to be perhaps the greatest realist writing today - combining great psychological insight with economical description. When I read about his characters, I feel that I know them and their world, fully.
Jan 07, 2014 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Full of unhappy, unfulfilled marriages, many infidelities, latent homosexuality, facades of happiness and childless women.

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.
William Trevor is my favorite short story writer. This book has fantastic stories with superb writing. The writing is deep and real. Trevor make you see, feel, taste, touch, and smell his characters, their surroundings, and emotions. His craft of storytelling is a true gift.
These are beautiful short stories from a master of the art of short fiction. A very thick book - a life time of work - proved to me that reading fiction is an important and valid an activity as reading non-fiction and biography if you want to be truly well-read.
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William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...more
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