Cheating at Canasta
That said, this is the first of his books that I've read that was a disappointment. Although two or three of the stories in this collection were terrific ("Bravado" and "Folie a Deux"), most ...more
Perhaps this old Gertrude Stein quote is as apt a way as any to introduce comments on this book by William Trevor, that master of Chekhovian style of story telling, that fills this slight but profound book CHEATING AT CANASTA. This is not a book for every reader: readers not familiar with Trevor's group of characters - marginalized members of society, children, old people, single middle-aged men and women, or the unhappily married - may find this group of sho ...more
A chance meeting in Paris revives powerful memories of a shared past on an Irish beach. Story collection read by William Trevor.
Apparently, the following episodes were forgotten by BBC.....
I read the first chapter. Ok, it's not going to be light-hearted, but I'm no quitter so on to chapter two.
New charac ...more
Cheating at Canasta
By William Trevor
Reviewed by Tom Carrico
The short story evolved from the oral story telling traditions of ancient and medieval times. The modern short story became popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth century when the proliferation of literary magazines created a huge demand for short fiction. Anton Chekhov is viewed as the greatest short story writer of the late nineteenth century. American proponents of this genre include Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irvin ...more
Trevor is a master of scene-setting. His modern Irish tales take place in achingly exact settings - a sad suburban house; the run-down cafe in a lesser quarter ...more
This collection of 12 tales draws together a myriad of characters:
a 73 year-old almost abandoned wife grapples with the omnipresence of her husband's lover, the not-so clandestin ...more
I admit that I am not a big fan of short stories. I was disappointed in this collection. All the stories have the same tone and the same kind of inexpressive people --- joyless. Maybe I'm missing national/regional traits, but England is not so demure --- it's lively and it was lively long ago, too ...more
Critics enthusiastically greet any new collection by William Trevor. Cheating at Canasta is no exception, with many reviewers calling it one of the best of Trevor's 12 short story collections. Two of the stories have already won the O. Henry Award, though the volume contains seven unpublished stories as well. New readers will find it a fitting introduction to his work, and longtime fans will find another bleak delight. Reviewers were particularly impressed that the 80-year-old Trevor remains bot...more
All of the stories are tinged with sadness and a bit of nostalgia. I found 'Old Flame' and 'The Children' particularly compelling. Both of those stories are quite sad, and yet beautiful in the way they explore the strange and difficult choices we make when we are thinking of the people we love. Don ...more
I'm really torn. Perhaps ...more
But this is a book of short stories, all with a main theme of cheating, lying, getting away with something, and that gets tedious after awhile. The characters are not well developed because of the length of the stories, and the last one I read seemed to just plod along with nothing happening.
Why did I give it 3 stars? They are well written and he's usually a good author. Try his Lucy Gault fo ...more
“¿Y qué va a ser de la heredad, donde hemos convivido tanto tiempo y a la que tanto debemos? ¿Qué va a ser de la historia?” le dirá a Tom, su hijo ...more