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This major collection of the work of Katherine Mansfield brings together no fewer than ninety-two of this great New Zealand writer's superb stories.
New Zealand is the setting of Katherine Mansfield's most unforgettable stories, although other stories take the reader to London, Paris and Munich. To read the New Zealand stories is to evoke Wellington at the turn of the centu
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Paperback, 816 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin (first published 1945)
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Lucrezia
Sono sempre stata curiosa a riguardo dell' unico essere di cui Virginia Woolf fosse invidiosa.
E così eccomi qua.
E -vi chiederete voi- l' invidia era giustificata?
Mettiamo per un attimo che voi sbadatamente non abbiate visto le 5 stellette.
Capita talvolta di imbattersi in artisti unici nel loro campo che pur usando le tecniche di altri, magari anche affinandole,riescono a creare qualcosa di unico, Stradivari costruiva violini e altri strumenti (e non è che non si costruissero già da anni prima) i
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lucy by the sea
Last night it was cold and raining with a fierce wind. On the train home all I could think about was soup. I got to the front door before realising I didn't have my keys. Luckily my (slightly unorganised) brother had left a box of books in my garage. I sat down on the broken rocking chair in the damp, cobwebby garage and lost myself in these sad stories. I really like her writing and found it totally fitting. Really good winter reading.
Rachel Crooks
Mansfield glimmers and sparkles like a Monet painting, and prismatically collects poignant little images and pieces of life. Her short stories thrill me, and whenever I need a new taste of life, I seek her out. Some of her images have captured me for years, and have become private jokes. When the woman meets a man she once loved in Dill Pickle and “the tiger which had slumbered peacefully roused and woke himself”- and the girl in Garden Party, whose entire life of luxury is shattered when she co ...more
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Introduction and Notes
Selected Further Reading


Bliss
--Prelude
--Je ne Parle pas Français
--Bliss
--The Wind Blows
--Psychology
--Pictures
--The Man Without a Temperament
--Mr. Reginald Peacock's Day
--Sun and Moon
--Feuille d'Album
--A Dill Pickle
--The Little Governess
--Revelations
--The Escape

The Garden-Party
--At the Bay
--The Garden-Party
--The Daughters of the Late Colonel
--Mr. and Mrs. Dove
--The Young Girl
--Life of Ma Parker
--Marriage à la Mode
--The Voyage
--Miss Brill
--Her First Ball
--The Singing Lesson
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Jennifer
I finally finished this. It didn't take a long time because I didn't like it. I think that I struggle with finishing short story collections because I have a little ADD sometimes... I finish a short story, set the book aside and go cook dinner or do something with the kids and then I pick up a different book and read that. Rinse and repeat.

Anyway, I am not going to review these story by story, just going to say that they were lovely and heart breaking and sweet and sad and thought provoking. Man
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Cirtnecce
I just finished reading Katherine Mansfield’s The Collected Stories and I am sitting in awe….there is no other word except awe! Actually I take that back, I am in awe and at the same time kicking myself for being stupid – why the hell did it take me soooooooooo long to get around reading her work????? I remember trying to read her works, way back as a teenager, and then I do not know what happened!! Where the hell did I pick up the idea that she was of the Kate Chopin (The Awakening makes me wan ...more
Jackie
What first began as assigned school reading soon developed into a newfound love as I discovered the magnificence of Katherine Mansfield's writing. This collection of short stories is simply amazing. For someone who has difficulty finding an author they love, I would easily recommend this book of stories. The beauty of short stories is they are usually just the right length to finish a few in one sitting. I love the feeling of finishing a full story in such a short amount of time. Mansfield's sto ...more
Lucia Gannon
Some stories really enjoyable. Others disappointing. Had not read Katherine Mansfield so didn't know what to expect. Not as gripping as others such as Edith Wharton or Margaret Atwood. Did not read all of them which is not like me so might not be doing her justice.
notgettingenough
The only short-story writer that comes close to Chekhov. Brilliant.
Christie
I don't know what actual edition I read, but no matter. The point is that I read the complete works of Katherine Mansfield (nearly 800 pages), an author born and raised in New Zealand, who spent her adults years in Europe. She wrote during the early 1900s and all of her writing is short stories. An admiring peer of her time was Virginia Woolf, which is saying quite a lot I think.

Her stories are very short, and focus on very small, daily life details. But she manages to expose so much about her c
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Kathleen Dixon
Oct 02, 2008 Kathleen Dixon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathleen by: Rupert Gilliand
Shelves: nz, short-stories
I am so totally embarrassed. I have heard of Katherine Mansfield (of course!, "our" New Zealand author; world-famous) since I was at school, and here am I reading her for the first time at age 50!!! (Actually, I'm 51 now, but it has been bedside reading for the last quite-a-few months, so I WAS 50 when I started reading her.)

She deserves all the accolades she gets. She's an absolute master of the English language and of showing people in all their habits and quirks and nicenesses and not. And ho
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Ricardo de Almeida Rocha
Perfeccionista, Katherine Mansfield parece recitar seus textos, não escreve-los; apaixonada pela técnica, aprimora sua escrita de modo que exista sempre uma assinatura nas entrelinhas; sensual, desperta em seus contos um desejo que tanto pode ter sido proibido ou esquecido, mas é sem dúvida a libido feminina que precisa ser satisfeita de algum modo – um êxtase que sentia mas o que fazer dele?, como se pergunta em “Bliss”. Todos as contribuições da vanguarda do início do século passado estão em s ...more
Sarah
I first picked up this book when I was pregnant, having been warned there was a good chance my brain would turn to mush during the early stages of motherhood; Katherine Mansfield was my investment against this fate, a way of taxing my literary intelligence during what, in her day, would have been called my confinement. Also, I loved the cover, which at the time featured a dish of vanilla ice-cream on a Liberty print tablecloth, silver spoon and strawberries. I expected the stories to serve up si ...more
Linda K
Short Story writing in it's most artful form. Mansfield specialized in these and I believe it would be hard to find someone to top her skill. It is quite a gift to be able to introduce a story and it's characters, have them do interesting things and then conclude it all in the span of a few pages.

This huge volume of 73 stories, plus 15 of her unfinished ones makes for a huge variety in both subject matter and the length of the story. If you do not care for one, perhaps the next is more to your
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Lorraine
Sheer brilliance. A poetic eye combined with a scathing sense of irony. I can see now why Woolf felt envious at times. They are each other's foils perhaps. But Woolf is gentle and dreamy where Mansfield is simply cutting. I have scarcely read any writer capable of such cruelty -- this includes the infamous Nabokov. Mansfield's talent, too, is for portrayal. Not 'realism' in the sense of describing everything in pedantic detail, but in her ability to craft perfect little pictures and to let them ...more
Ellen Pierson
Also “bilangue.” I went back and forth on these stories. Sometimes they seemed a little immature and mediocre, but they also had some things to offer. I guess they seemed like the work of an emerging writer, although I’m not really sure what Katherin Mansfield went on to write. I say this about everything, but they were an interesting snapshot of a time and place written by a contemporary (early 20th century bourgeois England). I guess one common theme in the stories was the idea of almost immed ...more
Fiona Ancilleri
I was lucky enough to study Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories during my time with the Open University. What a revelation! She was a highly symbolic and aesthetic writer and her stories are haunting (without being Gothic). They are haunting in the sense that they stay with you for days after you have read her stories.
Tom Bensley
Not my thing. Too many meandering narratives and not enough of a reason to stick with any of them. I found it difficult to even stay focused for one story. But anyway, I didn't finish it. Maybe I'll come back to it and re-read it and re-write a review of it. Maybe.
Nikki
As when any collection, some stories should be 5's and others 4's although I dont think I would rank them any lower than that! Katherine Mansfield is the absolute master of the short story form, she packs a lot into each one with common themes of family/social pressure, unhappy relationships, snobbery and the inner lives of women. She captures writing from a child's viewpoint brilliantly and also from the viewpoint of old spinsters which is ironic as she died in her early 30s. I really enjoyed t ...more
Yeemay
Haven't read any Katherine Mansfield for ages: she is one of my favourite short story writer, together with Chekov. Gorgeous prose, her childhood stories are incredibly evocative and sometimes achingly beautiful. But a lot of her stories are also quite dark and knowing. A terrible loss that she died so young, she could have written some wonderful full length novels. I can't believe people will bother to read Hemingway when you can read Katherine Mansfield. All human life is in there: sex, family ...more
Cynthia Garza
At the time I read these I the 1990s, I enjoyed these stories.
Peter
This collection of short stories showcases just how powerful and talented a writer Mansfield was. These stories can be disturbing and insightful simultaneously, always providing critical judgements upon the society in which they were published. However, these stories are by no means less relevant today than they were when published. Mansfield breathes an incredible life into her characters, crafting these astonishing tales which are often very affecting. I was surprised at the accuracy and detai ...more
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Julia Boechat Machado
Katherine Mansfield é uma das melhores contistas de sua época, mas ficou relegada a um segundo plano, principalmente após as acusações de que seu conto The Child Who Was Tired seria um plágio do conto Olhos Mortos de Sono, de Tchékhov.
Com o mestre russo ela aprendeu sobre a tragédia do acúmulo de pequenas circunstâncias, a construir as cenas com uma grande atenção para o detalhe. Mansfield é também muito irônica, satírica.
Contos como Je Ne Parle Pas Français, The Fly e The Garden Party, para cit
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Courtney Watson
Katherine Mansfield is such a beautiful short story writer. My favorite story in this collection (and one of my favorite stories ever) is "The Garden Party." Mansfield often draws comparison to Chekhov, which I can see, but there is also a kinship between the author and Willa Cather at her finest. Both are masterful at creating that definitive moment--in Joyce's hands it's called epiphany, but for Cather and Mansfield that doesn't seem like exactly the right term. It's perhaps more accurately de ...more
Koo Drain
Not for me - very random.
Alan
Ho usato per insegnare a Mansfield in inglese o di Naipaul "Miguel Street" o di Hemingway "Kilimanjaro". Esilarante satira su buone maniere, dove i tedeschi sono come gli americani, sulle funzioni corporee franche. "I tedeschi a base di carne" satira subordinazione delle mogli tedesche, i loro mariti alimentazione. "Il Barone" satira l'ossessione tedesca con il cibo che porta all'obesità, a cui noi americani oggi li superano. Ho ricevuto alcune buone carte da universitari matricole donne sopratt ...more
Anna Mavromati
So far I've read a handful of stories out of it and I plan to return to it later. She's quirky. I like her. I love love love "The Swing of the Pendulum." "The Garden Party," "Miss Brill," "The Woman at the Store" and "Bliss" were also pretty great. For some reason it was tough for me to get into "Millie" and "Brains Turcs" but part of that could be because I was reading so many of these for class that I started to burn myself out.
TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
Katherine Mansfield is all but forgotten, and this is such a shame. She was a major influence on the evolution of the short story and she wrote some of the most brilliant and poignant short stories in the English language. This book contains all of her work and classics such as "The Garden Party," "The Daughters of the Late Colonel," "Miss Brill," and "Prelude" can't afford to be missed by any lover of the short story.
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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
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