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After each story in this collection, I had to set the book aside for a while. I had to be still, savor it, make it last. This is a strange thing to say since the lingering mood of "Attracta" or "Torridge" or "Matilda's England" is pathos, but it's pathos of the most complicated and sanctifying kind, the pathos of an entire life called into question, upended by an inevitable and yet unforeseen consequence. The way that Trevor handles multiple points of view in a single story is so deft that I can...more
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...moreMore about William Trevor...