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Something Childish and Other Stories

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This collection of stories span the length of Mansfield's writing career.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1924)
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A charming collection of short stories themed around the subject of love, most of which feel light and flippant on the surface, with an element of humour; many of which, however, contain a certain darkness. The title story contains a pair of seventeen-year-olds who meet and fall for each other on a train journey, but their relationship is scuppered by their youth, inexperience and naivety. In 'Feuille d'Album', a painter who rejects the advances of numerous women becomes obsessed with a neighbou ...more
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
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
Jane C
If poems were stories, this is what they would look like. Not, however, in an affected way; you'll find no struggles with tense or tediously overt wordplay here. If you've read Joyce and are familiar with his ephiphanies, you might see a similarity in Mansfield's abrupt poignancies and her inbetween-the-lines open endedness. Liquid, melodic, subtle and utterly unique, her writing employs all the senses. Themes revolve around human failings, misunderstandings, the transient nature of joy, and wha ...more
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.
Exquisite prose. More definitely modernist and more impressionist than her early attempts in "In a German Pension", these 23 stories and sketches show Mansfield's coming into her element. Can't wait for "Bliss and Other Stories".

2015 Reading Challenge: A book written by someone under 30
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,
Mansfield covers a lot of ground here, from the darkly comic The Wrong House, to the slice-of-European-life vignettes, urban isolation in London (The Tiredness of Rosabel) and grim portraits of rural New Zealand frontier life (The Woman at the Store is my favourite among these.) Although this compilation was released posthumously by her partner and much of it, it seems, (possibly) published against the author's own wishes, the quality of the writing is exemplary, and despite the thematic variety ...more
Everett Darling
Favorite stories -
The Tiredness of Rosabel
New Dresses
How Pearl Button was Kidnapped
Late at Night
Something Childish But Very Natural
The Little Girl
A Truthful Adventure
Katherine Mansfield's writing is not for me. I quit reading this mini-collection of her stories halfway through the third story and I'm glad I did. Mansfield definitely has a distinctive style and I can see how it could please other people. The endless vaguery of it, however, in no way appealed to me and only drove away any interest in the stories' content. I'm not opposed to abstract writing per se, but Mansfield's lyricism just feels forced and exaggerated. Her style totally broke my connectio ...more
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
That just made me sad.
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.
Lovely little short stories on love. Bittersweet sometimes sad. My favorite: Bliss and Marriage a la Mode.
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Chan Kin
I just can't understand the lifestyle of the upper class. This book is rather boring.
It was ok. I guess the stories have hidden messages in them but yeah, it was ok. A 2.5
Katherine Mansfield's evocation of innocent young love is heartwarming and very touching.
Tim Caines
Very enjoyable and I think somewhat Hardyesque!
Marvelous. I loved the ambiance of these stories.
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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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