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From the Cradle to the Grave (Oxford Bookworms Collection)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  9 reviews
These stories explore the trials of life from youth to old age: the idealism of young people, the stresses of marriage, the anxieties of parenthood, and the loneliness and fears of older people. The wide variety of writing styles includes black humour, satire, and compassionate and realistic observation of the follies and foibles of humankind.

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Paperback, 143 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press (first published 1993)
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Karina Djokova
Inspiring short stories and a very easy read for an hour or two. Gave me some ideas which authors I would definitely like when reading more from them. Would be a great treat for anybody, who enjoys fiction with a touch of black humour. The book starts with a gentle reminder, quoting Virginia Woolf 'Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life in all four corners'.
I couldn't decide if I had to give it 2 or 3 stars: I enjoyed some stories more than others and it's difficult to think about this book globaly.
My favorite stories were "Mrs Bixby and the colonel's coat" and "Mr Loveday's little outing".
I guess it's a nice book to read for school, better than the other I read.
It includes:

Tea: Saki
Mr. Loveday's Little Outing: Evelyn Waugh
The Colonel's Lady: Somerset Maugham
Mrs. Bixby and The Colonel's Coat: Roald Dahl
They gave Her a Rise: Frank Sargeson
The Bath: Raymond Carver
Same Time, Same Place: H.E. Bates
A Brr of Singing and Dancing: Susan Hill

I liked "Mr. Loveday's Little Outing", which is black humor, "The Colonel's Lady," which is a love story, "Mrs.Bixby and The Colonel's Coat," which has a twist, "Same Time, Same Place," which I felt sad, "A Brr of Singing an
Satire and black humour of life. Great collections of short stories.
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Mina Soare
I liked The Colonel's Lady a lot, Mr. Loveday's little outing and Tea?, altough that struck a little too close to home.
çok eskiden, ingilizce öğrenmeye yeni başladığım dönemlerde alıp kitaplığımda unuttuğum bir kitaptı. çok keyifli hikayeler çıktı içinden.
Great stories by great writers. Carver, Maugham, etc.
Reading for work.
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Clare West has over twenty years' TEFL classroom experience in the UK and overseas, and has led workshops for teachers in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece, and Argentina. For most of her teaching career she was involved with long-stay students on Cambridge examination courses, and engaged in the development of strategies to improve students' reading and writing skills.

She is now a freelance au
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