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Something Childish But Very Natural (Penguin Great Loves #13)

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Love can be innocent

Henry is naïve and has never experienced love. When he meets golden-haired Edna in a train carriage, however, his world changes forever. But the intensity of their feelings threatens their innocence, and Edna knows she is too young to leave her childhood behind.
Paperback, Penguin Great Loves #13, 110 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1924)
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Lucinda
Delicate nuance and simplicity makes this beautifully touching tale, one that is acutely perceptive and heartrending.

Capturing the innocence and naivety of that tender age between childhood and adulthood, you observe the transition with such emotive and poignant accuracy. That strongest of emotions can be often overwhelming, surprising and which dramatically shapes and defines the course of the future for all. Henry and Edna’s connection is reminiscent of when we glimpse our ‘first love’ or tha...more
digbybare
Very good overall. Katherine Mansfield has a knack for capturing the little moments that define a certain point in a person's life. The opening story is very good of course. Written as a series of little vignettes, it perfectly captures that certain kind of ephemeral adolescent love, so potent but so fleeting. Other highlights are Bliss and A Dill Pickle.
Yoj
Something Childish But Very Natural contains eight short love stories, all wonderfully written by Katherine Mansfield, from an era that was both old and modern: the early 1900's. Reading this book is like going back in time when life was not so fast-paced, people enjoyed riding trains, and the youth were not jaded as they are these days.

Collectively, the stories depict love in its raw, profound form, in the different times in life that the human heart beholds it: when it clashes with innocence,...more
TinHouseBooks
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): I’ve been reading Something Childish But Very Natural, a collection of Katherine Mansfield’s short writings lead by the story of the same name. “Something Childish…” is a weird little impressionistic gem of a story, much more complex than its giddy true-love-at-first-sight opening would have you think. When teenaged Edna and Henry meet on a train, I expected there’d be a long frustration of feelings before either Henry would grow a pair...more
Emilie
Cheesy at times and quite dated. Not bad over all, but certainly not my favourite book from this box set. To be fair, the story of the ex-lovers meeting randomly in a café 6 years after their affair struck home somewhat, and wasn't as clichéd as it looked like it was going to be. I liked that the stories did not really end happily, but I feel like it has a historical context of which it cannot be read out of.
Noora
I before I started reading I really didn't know what to expect, but it happened that I liked the stories very much indeed. They are so intense, and the thoughts of the characters really come alive. And there was some kind of suspense that kept me reading, and it is a rare thing in a book.
Emme
Jeg havde ikke hørt om Mansfield (faktisk kan jeg ikke engang huske hvordan den endte i min kurv - en eller anden langt ude reference fra Penguins blog), men det er en fin lille novellesamling, lidt old school stil. Sådan lidt en ikke-romantisk Austen
Katie
A collection of short stories: Something Childish But Very Natural, Feuille d'Album, Mr And Mrs Dove, Marriage á la Mode, Bliss, Honeymoon, A Dill Pickle, Widow.

The stories were nice but overall I just felt something was lacking.
Susann
On the love continuum, this slim collection of Mansfield's stories falls in the bittersweet to sad range. With plenty of irony sprinkled about.
Bought at Daunt Books in London last May.
Eves
That just made me sad.
Valerie
I enjoyed this so much, but now it's a couple of weeks later and I don't remember any of the stories other than the first one.
Juwita
Lovely little short stories on love. Bittersweet sometimes sad. My favorite: Bliss and Marriage a la Mode.
Chan Kin
I just can't understand the lifestyle of the upper class. This book is rather boring.
Elyzha
It was ok. I guess the stories have hidden messages in them but yeah, it was ok. A 2.5
Daisyjess
Katherine Mansfield's evocation of innocent young love is heartwarming and very touching.
Tim Caines
Very enjoyable and I think somewhat Hardyesque!
Sarah
Marvelous. I loved the ambiance of these stories.
Ickis Mirolo
Nice n Springy.
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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...more
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