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Penguin Book of Summer Stories
Selected and Introduced by Alberto Manguel Summer is the season for reading. Whether lying on the beach or curled up in a chair on the veranda, on a plane to faraway places or taking in the view from a hotel balcony, reading is the most decadent of summer activities. In The Penguin Book of Summer Stories, internationally acclaimed anthologist Alberto Manguel offers a wonde ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Penguin Canada
(first published April 19th 2007)
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Okay, this is a hard book to rate. Also hard for me to read, it has taken me forever to plod through it. But it is one of those cases where I do believe the problem is with me, not the book. This is a collection of short stories by some of the greatest writers of our day--Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Tennessee Williams, John Updike to name a few. They all take place primarily in the summer, thus the title of the anthology. Unfortunately, from my point of view, they all share another ...more
Only picked this up for Julio Cortázar's short story 'Summer' I am not sure who was the translator (as there was none mentioned) or if Cortázar wrote this in English. Either way I was delighted by his writing. I would ike to learn Spanish so as to be able to read more of his work, but will probably only read the translations. Who ever heard of learning a language just to be able to read an author is his native tongue?
Alberto Manguel (born 1948 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (co-written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980) and A History of Reading (1996) The Library at Night (2007) and Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography (2008), and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came (1991). ...moreMore about Alberto Manguel...