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The Garden Party

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,275 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Very early morning. The sun was not yet risen, and the whole of Crescent Bay was hidden under a white sea-mist. The big bush-covered hills at the back were smothered. You could not see where they ended and the paddocks and bungalows began. The sandy road was gone and the paddocks and bungalows the other side of it; there were no white dunes covered with reddish grass beyon ...more
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Published June 21st 2009 by Ebookslib (first published 1922)
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Lynne King
When I was going through my “Bloomsbury period” about twenty years ago, I read everything I could about the “central members”, and as a consequence Katherine Mansfield came into the equation through being a friend of Virginia Woolf. I read biographies about the former which I loved as she appeared to be such an interesting and gifted person; and I particularly enjoyed the biography by Antony Alpers which delves into many other aspects of her somewhat short tragic life, including “her final searc ...more
Paul Bryant

I read that D H Lawrence once wrote to Katherine Mansfield

You are a loathsome reptile - I hope you will die.

(Thank you, Lynne). Ah, the people I have often wished to say the same thing to! (Not you, of course, never you!) But I am not made of such stern stuff as DH. Anyhow, I did not think Miss Mansfield was a loathsome reptile. Quite the reverse – she was a beautiful reptile. She had a cool gaze which swept insight and judgement over this human race of ours, the parts that she knew anyway, and
'Short stories' doesn't seem like the right word for this collection. Instead they seem more like impressionistic scenes. They're short descriptions of events with a keen eye on personal detail as a substitute for long exposition. One of these 'stories' is a depiction of a country market, with stands of stacked curiosities and yawping salesmen. But there are some stories which are little more than conversations or days in a family's life.

Mansfield shows things. She does not tell you whether a c
Christy B
Oh, Katherine Mansfield, where have you been all my life?

I'm no expert on this type of writing, but I know beautiful stuff when I read it. With 15 stories crammed into this small volume, I felt immensely involved with the characters of all of them. To me, none of the stories had a real beginning, nor end. It was as though you were just plopped into a certain character's life on just any old day and were observing them. You witnessed their emotions, listened to their thoughts and sometimes observ
I've moved my review to my blog:

This is my first reading of a collection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. While back I read "The Garden Party" which was amazing but not in an extraordinary way. It did not stress on the dramatization of the story or the completeness of the plot.

After reading the collection it's very clear that is a characteristic of her tales. She's not concerned with clever play on words or creating outrageous situations for her characters, rather concerned with expression of feelings. Her plot was rat
Leer a Mansfield siempre es una experiencia agradable y a veces hasta resulta sorprendente, sobre todo cuando uno cree que ya conoce sus formas y resoluciones en los cuentos. Eso me pasó con este relato, que empieza mostrando una escena particular para terminar con un toque de amargura.

Fiesta en el jardín cuenta precisamente eso: una familia, los Sheridan, está organizando una reunión en el jardín, con invitados y orquesta en vivo. Las hijas van y vienen ordenando y cuidando los detalles, sobr
Mansfield, Katherine. THE GARDEN PARTY. (1922). *****. Mansfield was a native New Zealander who later moved to England for health reasons. She wrote most of her stories around the turn of the century after abandoning her early intention of becoming a concert cellist. The loss to the cello was the gain to literature. The fifteen short stories collected under this title are exquisite. They are not short stories in the classical sense. They were written in what was then called “the modern style,” m ...more
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The modernist writer of short fiction, Katherine Mansfield, was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888. She moved to London in her late teens, spent much of her short life there, and died in France of tuberculosis at age 34. This collection contains fifteen of her stories. Here are a few of my jottings about each one:

“At the Bay”: a montage of short episodes with contrasting characters weaving in and out of each others’ lives. Ambiguities and dissatisfactions without a linear plot. There are a
After reading these stories I decided that I admire Katherine Mansfield as an author. Her handling of controversial issues is interesting, as instead of asserting herself through her characters, she lets her characters assert themselves on their own. She does not develop a relationship of the author with the reader. Rather she develops a relationship of her characters with him or her.

I have to say that The Garden Party and The Little Governess are my favourites in this book and I would recommen
Ahmad Sharabiani
714. The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield
داستان کوتاه «گاردن پارتی»، اثر: کاترین منسفیلد، ترجمه: شیرین خالقی، ناشر: خانه آفتاب، آذر ماه سال 1371 ، ادبیات زلاندنو
ماجرای «گاردنپارتی» در یک صبح تا شب اتفاق میافتد، در منزل مجلل و بزرگ «شریدن»ها. سپیدهدمان روزیست که قرار است در عصرگاه همانروز گاردنپارتی در خانه برگزار شود. همه در تب و تاب و جنب و جوشاند. کارگرها و آشپزها به آمادهسازی مقدمات کار مشغولاند، و خانم «شریدن» و سه دختر نوجواناش ـ «مگ»، «جوزی»، و «لورا» ـ بر فعالیت آنها نظارت دارند. در نزدی
I'm so excited because I've discovered a new writer, at least new to me, and I will look forward to many wonderful hours of reading as I work my way through the rest of Mansfield's collections. If The Garden Party and Other Stories is any indication, Katherine Mansfield was a master at wriiting short stories. Born in New Zealand but moved to England, she was friends with D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Like the Bronte's, she lived a short but productive literary life. She died of an illness in ...more
Emre Ergin
Katherine Mansfield- Şarkı Söyleme Dersi- Şule

Önce çeviriye dair konuşayım. Geçenlerde adı Yordam'a benzeyen ama tam ismini de hatırlayamadığım bir dergide, bu seçkinin 50 yıl önce Remzi kitabevinden çıkan Yolculuk adlı seçkiyle aynı öyküleri içerdiğini söylüyordu. Dediği şey bununla sınırlı kalmıyordu, Afili Filintalar ekibinden Orhan Düz'ün, 50 yıl önceki çeviriyi kelime kelime kopya ettiğini söylüyordu.

Bu elbette vahim bir durum, ama kitabı okuduğunuzda vehametin daha da büyük olduğunu görüyo
What a fabulous writer. I was completely captivated. Mansfield can really get into the mood and feelings of a character and make you feel the sadness, irony and happiness. Most interesting of all is that you can appreciate each character from more than one point of view - switching from first to third person during the story, for instance. This is done artfully and incredibly sparingly.

Despite being 'short' stories, you feel as if you have read an entire novel sometimes, due to the depth that s
I enjoyed At The Bay and The Garden Party the most from this collection of short stories. At The Bay is the winner for me. Each of the stories on it's own is strong. It is collectively they are diluted, probably because the style and people are so much the same for each one.

Although I appreciate the writing and Katherine Mansfield's sure touch of characters and creating the environment, about 2/3rd the way through these short stories I began to think they are formulaic, a bit the same & mos
This short story collection didn't interest me, unfortunately. Most of the stories just felt directionless to me . They seemed to begin halfway through, and didn't offer enough information for me to have felt anything for the characters or the situation by the time they were (inconclusively) finished. The two stories I enjoyed, "The Singing Lesson", and right after it, "The Stranger", were probably two of the more typical short stories in the collection.

I'm sure Katherine Mansfield's writing was
This was a soothing and enjoyable story collection. Like most of my experiences with collections, many of these have a very similar style--in this case very slice-of-life every-day experiences among various families in early 20th century colonial Britain. There is often an undercurrent (or over-current) of class distinction, or people in unsatisfied marriages, and I found that the stories I liked best were the ones that were a little more morbid and elliptical, and that didn't come out and procl ...more
Helen Stanton
LOVED these some many years ago but did not appreciate how subtle and heartbreaking they are. Genius !!
A recent re-read, I'm struck again how Mansfield finds the deep human moments in the ordinary.
After reading some of the reviews I feel a bit simple. The stories in this collection are interesting enough but are so dated in their feel that I did not really relate to them. You know how so many good stories and novels are timeless, no matter how long ago they were written? These stories were not that way. And yet because I know Mansfield was admired by Virginia Woolf, whose writing I greatly admire and enjoy, I knew there had to be something there that I was apparently missing. Perhaps it w ...more
I found Mansfield's stories extraordinarily well crafted, but their cumulative effect was somewhat claustrophobic. She writes about the very specific slice of society that she knew, and is a pretty shrewd observer of that particular world. You could say the same about Faulkner, or Flannery O' Connor, Eudora Welty, or James Joyce. But their writing, though set in a very specific milieu, manages to be universal in a way that Mansfield's is not, IMO. That is, Faulkner et al demonstrate an understan ...more
Mansfield’s book collects a series of stories about life in the 19th century, mostly for women, mostly for the wealthy or at least the middle-class. There are a number of character sketches or scene sketches with lot plot arcs that deliver a punch. Some thoughts on a couple that I liked the most:

* “The Stranger” does a great job describing the longing and sadness of a husband who’s missed his wife. But there’s a deeper need there that gets wrecked, and the end of the story is quite poignant.
I cannot get over how wonderfully written this short story was. I had to read Mansfield for one of my uni modules and hadn’t heard of her before but I am so glad that I have been introduced to her! I will definitely be reading more of her works having brought her complete works!!

If you are a fan of Downton or enjoy period dramas of that time I would definitely recommend this. Mansfield effortlessly takes her readers back in time not only through her dialogue but the settings and actions of her c
Aug 21, 2011 Merinde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Half-realised meanings, people grasping at something - there is so much uncertainly and a sense of...fleetingness and melancholy in this book. I have no idea how to review this really, except for saying that it was somehow very touching, very human. Katherine Mansfield just writes beautifully, and I wish I had heard of her earlier. The Lady's Maid was just painful, you could feel her life slipping away, or maybe her as a person, buried under years of servitude and humiliation and not deserving, ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Read for my NZ lit course. I had a lot of trouble getting into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I was surprised by how beautiful Mansfield's writing is. She uses metaphor to great effect. Technically and craft-wise, her work seems almost to belong more to the present than the 1920s. Her stories are subtle and nuanced critiques of high class London and New Zealand, and she slips in a bit of feminism, too (nowhere near like a Kate Chopin, though).

I'd never heard of Katherine Mansfiel
More short stories. Mansfield is what I would call a "good" writer but her writing embodies everything that I dislike about short stories. Great, interesting premises that stop just short of coming to fruition, characters that could be so much more interesting if they would just be fleshed out more and "life lessons" that aren't really life lessons at all.

Again, I want to say that Mansfield is a "good" writer. She can put a sentence together with beauty and feeling up there with the best of the
I'd read 'Miss Brill' and 'Life of Ma Parker' in class, and I knew Mansfield was a great short story writer, but this book really opened my eyes to short stories as an intense art form. The stories I read were subtle and intricate and really hit me hard; I laughed out loud, felt like crying and kept my fingers crossed that these characters I'd fallen in love with (in a matter of mere pages) would fine their happy ending. They don't always. But every story gave me something different and thought- ...more
V.S. Kemanis
After a few decades away from Katherine Mansfield's writing, I am revisiting her stories with pleasure, reminded of their profound influence on me and the ideals to strive for in my writing. She is the expert at 'show, don't tell.' Very little description is given, yet we see these characters vividly through their words and actions. The prose has an irresistible sparkle and energy. The themes of disappointment and disillusionment are masterfully handled, making these stories so beautiful and oft ...more

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, in small town, upper middle class, England? New Zealand? It could be any English-speaking country. Very understated. Bittersweet stories, mostly. She lets the characters interact with the reader rather than interpreting them for the reader; I'm not sure how she does it. I enjoyed it because the people and the settings are so reminiscent of stories I've heard of how my own extended family was in those years long before i was born. Such tender hearts.
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