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Bliss And Other Stories

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... PRELUDE THERE was not an inch of room for Lottie and Kezia in the buggy. When Pat swung them on top of the luggage they wobbled; the grandmother's lap was full and Linda Burnell could not possi ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by General Books (first published 1920)
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Bettie☯


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0671h1q

Re-visiting just this one story, Mr Reginald Peacock's Day from the collection, via R4x: A singing teacher ponders the mundane nature of his married life, compared to the passion of his profession. Read by Brian Gear.
Florencia
Oh god. I need to be far away from Goodreads recommendations.
At least for two days.
Ali
Aug 17, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is possibly surprising that I had not read any Katherine Mansfield before now, but I am fairly sure that I hadn’t. I downloaded this collection to my kindle free – there are so many amazing free books to be found out there! I must say that I always find it quite difficult to review collections of short stories, but anyway here goes.
There are fourteen stories in this collection, and while there were a couple I couldn’t quite see the point of – the majority I found to be wonderful. The writing
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Laura
Nov 07, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 Extra - Mr. Reginald Peacock's day
A singing teacher ponders the mundane nature of his married life, compared to the passion of his profession. Read by Brian Gear.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0671h1q
Flora
Katherine Mansfield is a capturer of moments. The stories in this collection do not always have a plot and some of them seem at first glance vague and insignificant, but they all build up images and impressions so that the meaning is deeply felt. The picture on the front cover of this edition is apt: a woman putting on an earring in the mirror, her expression distant (what is she thinking?), a wash of bluey green filling the background.

I liked the first story, Prelude, the best. A long short sto
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D.M.
Oct 20, 2008 D.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literary women, occasional depressives, plunderers of the human condition.
Recommended to D.M. by: NOBODY! And shame on them.
I'd never heard of Katherine Mansfield before getting this book in a lot of the Great Writers Library (dirt cheap, and commanding my reading over the next year or so). That is nothing less than a crime, as far as I'm concerned.
Apparently, this woman is well-known in her home country of New Zealand and her last country-of-residence France (where she died of TB at 34), as well as most points between. It's small wonder to me, though, that a poorly educated American like myself was never introduced
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Leslie
Mar 27, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Kirsty
Shelves: kindle, short-stories
4 stars - I think I liked these stories even more than The Garden Party and Other Stories. Mansfield's use of color in her descriptions reminds me a bit of Willa Cather although her people are quite different. The title seems ironic since most of the stories described less than perfect relationships... ...more
vi macdonald
Mansfield's short stories have this indescribable beauty to them, there's just something about them that brings me a really overpowering feeling of joy. The prose just made me want to weep. I'm really disappointed I didn't get around to reading any Mansfield sooner, this was amazing
Stephanie
Prelude:

An easy short story to get lost in and read. A little longer than her other ones though, at least in my opinion. I feel like I've come across these characters before in one of the tales from The Garden Party and Other Stories, but can't quite remember which one. The children in particular stand out in my memory. I really enjoyed the different characters' narrations too as it gave the story more depth, but I think my favourite character is still Kezia she's quite a sweet heart.

Je ne parl
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Nihan
May 16, 2013 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Bu kitabı okuyunca anladım ki, hayatı asıl olarak durum öyküleri yansıtıyor. Sıradan insanların monotonlaşmış hayatlarından kesitlerden oluşan öyküler bazen öylesine vurucu bir değerdeydi ki, yazarın yaşadığı zamana rağmen insanın doğasını bu kadar iyi çözebilmesine hayret ettim.

Katherine Mansfield'in bütün öykülerinin toplandığı kitapta öykülerin en uzunu 10 sayfayı geçmez. Kısa kısa kesitlerle sunuyor bize insanın içinde yaşadığı çelişkileri, acımasızlığı, kadınları sıkıştırıp bırakan zamanın
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Merry
Dec 31, 2013 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a set of Katherine Mansfield's short stories that I remember enjoying very much 30 years ago but I haven't so much as glanced at them since until reading a review of "Bliss" recently.

Blew off the dust and dived in - blimey - !

The completeness of each setting, the fine brush strokes, the subtlety, the feelings! And such beautiful brevity.

I am haunted particularly by "The Little Governess". (I became her for those few pages.)

Wonderful.


Amanda
Apr 21, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to explore more by this author. Intriguing character sketches and time period.
Wanda
Aug 19, 2015 Wanda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie☯
19 AUG 2015 - recommended by Bettie. Many thanks!
Kate
Oct 16, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Все рассказы объединяет идея о том, что человек закован в рамки условностей и не имеет возможности действовать так, как ему хочется, а вместо этого подчиняется воле другого человека или обстоятельствам. В рассказах Мэнсфилд рассматривает самые разные жизненные ситуации, когда человек может попасть в подчинённое или зависимое состояние.

Прелюдия (Prelude)
Самый клёвый рассказ сборника, потому что он полностью о Новой Зеландии. Видимо, в основу лёг тот самый знаменитый переезд семьи Бошэм из Торндон
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Laura Adams
Mar 08, 2017 Laura Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many of Katherine Mansfield’s pieces of work, Bliss and Other Stories is a series of intimate vignettes. Each of the 13 stories looks at their characters at a moment of personal importance. Many show fractured relationships, and the ones that don’t feature such obvious difference in status and regard that they are clearly doomed. The stories are written from a multitude of perspectives, from children to elders, from New Zealanders to modern Europeans. All of the characters, from main to bac ...more
Armagan Kilci
Mar 19, 2017 Armagan Kilci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Mansfield'in kafasını çözmek biraz zaman alan bir süreç. İlk bakışta olağan, sıkıcı, manasız detaylara boğulmuş öyküler yazan bir öykücü gibi geldi. Özellikle kitaba adını veren öyküyü yedi-sekiz defa ve hakkındaki bir takım eleştirileri okudum. Ekseriyetle gender based eleştirilere baktım. Türkçe çevirideki "ona aşıktı" diye çevrilmiş kısmın, İngilizce orijinalinde "she loved her" diye yazılışı ve bunun toplumsal cinsiyet açısından, yorumu belirleyici olması beni epeyce düşündürdü. Ul ...more
Lory Hess
Originally reviewed at www.emeraldcitybookreview.com

I don't usually seek out short stories, though I often enjoy them when I do read them. Usually I'm looking for a longer-term reading experience, with characters I can live with over time. But when I read Katherine Mansfield's collection Bliss and Other Stories (having drawn it as my Classics Club Spin book), I was reminded of how a beautifully rendered painting of a few objects, or an insightful portrait, can be a perfect work of art; we don't
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Laura
Feb 17, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audios
I am on a Juliet Stevenson kick. She is such a good reader. (and actress!)
Michaela
Jul 23, 2016 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some say that at her best Mansfield reminds them of Chekhov and I think there's some truth to that - it's her attention to detail and her ability to capture the small moments most of us overlook. While some of her stories simply went over my head, I enjoyed most of them, for example "Mr. Reginald Peacock's day", "The Little Governess", "Sun and Moon", "Revelations" and "Feuille d'album". The last one's humorous ending reminded me of an O. Henry story and luckily I found
a link to it.
Here are so
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Stephen Brooke
Jul 15, 2014 Stephen Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Mansfield could be seen, perhaps, as the prose equivalent of her contemporaries (more-or-less), the Imagist poets. Her work here is thoroughly Modern, less about beginnings and endings than it is about the people who are living somewhere in the middle.

The writing can be rather oblique, images captured by the characters and processed (or not) through their own inner life. It tends to observe more than make a point. That’s been done to death in the hundred years since, but Mansfield does it so wel
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Sherrie Miranda
Mar 23, 2016 Sherrie Miranda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Lacking in Substance, March 23, 2016
Review By Sherrie Miranda
This review is for: Bliss and Other Stories (Hardcover)
I have an older book from 1973 though I am sure there are others much older.
These stories are all about what's going on in the narrator's head. Nothing that actually happens is of any consequence. In fact, the narrators' thoughts are of no consequence either.
Someone else reviewed the book, speaking of Mansfield's tragic life and how she kept writing. I woul
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Matt Phillips
Mar 03, 2012 Matt Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to read some Katherine Mansfield since moving to Wellington in New Zealand (the town where Mansfield was born). OK, so it's only taken me five years...

I enjoyed these short stories. There is often a palpable menace under the surface, something that keeps the reader a little uncomfortable about what is going to happen. This doesn't (always) mean something dramatic, rather that the reader gets the feeling there is more going on than is being read. Clearly a very good thing to hav
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Jocilyn
Jul 06, 2013 Jocilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doubtless the precursor to Modernism as we know it, Mansfield effortlessly melds the schizophrenia of the Gothic with the disjointed imagery and stream of consciousness description of Modernism. Mansfield endows her foils with hidden agendas and her narrators with an uncanny paranoia and fear of the unknown. Several of the stories herein feature children, but often presented starkly, as if through the lens of the governess or coquette. A few of the characters espouse lesbian and bi traits while ...more
S.L. Jones
Apr 02, 2015 S.L. Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really do love this. Mansfield has got it, ske understands, and she sees right through you, without hesitating to reveal herself. She puts all cards on the table and makes life so clear, so obvious, so sad and laughable. Sure it’s depressing at times, but also relieving; it’s not more complicated than this, stop chasing your own tail, hava a seat and try to enjoy yourself, while it lasts.

Quotes:

“Alice was a mild creature in reality, but she had the most marvellous retorts ready for questions t
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Ljuneosborne
While I like the style in which these stories are written, each one has a very similar, predictable quality. Because of this I don't know if I have much to say about them, though I would recommend the collection for someone looking for light reading.

My favorite story has to be 'Mr. Reginald Peacock's Day,' as I love the way the main character is always saying 'Dear lady, I shall be only too charmed.' This is his standard response to anything his singing-lesson students say, and he's programmed t
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Leire
Feb 21, 2011 Leire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This woman has the gift to tell vibrant yet simple stories. I enjoyed all of them, specially Bliss and The Doll House... Special and emotional characters who discover quite special revelations. A must.

Some quotes:

"She wanted to run instead of walk, to take dancing steps on and off the pavement, to bowl a hoop..."

"Perhaps it is the way God opens houses at the dead of night when He is taking a quiet turn with an angel"
Lester
Sep 03, 2011 Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous writer. Although Mansfield has a tendency to stop some of her stories with a number of loose ends trailing, she is an artist. This collection of stories centre around themes of (yearned for) love, (troubled) marriage, (false) expectations, childhood (awakening), and a few others. The beauty of the writing is in what remains unsaid, and in the build-up of emotions and the hidden stories which result.
Sarah Embaby
The aspects of her short stories are purely brilliant; to be flew through times and times, places and characters had made the entire process of reading compelling.
and therefore Katherine Mansfield gets her rank to my A list...

Remarkable stories, Je ne parle pas, the wind blows, psychology, Mr. Reginald Peacock's Day.
and for the last one SUN AND MOON shall be bedtime story for my Future-Children Hopefully ISA!.
Robert Wechsler
The first piece in this collection, the novella "Prelude," is a great delight of Mansfieldian oddness. Her descriptions are truly marvelous, and the way she wanders through minds, views, dreams, daydreams, imaginings, is uncanny. Her work is the perfect thing to clean the literary palate between books.
Kate
Sep 09, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I wish I could read over again, to really fully understand. Her prose is so straightforward, and many of the stories have this yearning, claustraphobic feel to them. I imagine she must have felt like that.
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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.

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“And the two women stood side by side looking at the slender, flowering tree. Although it was so still it seemed, like the flame of a candle, to stretch up, to point, to quiver in the bright air, to grow taller and taller as they gazed - almost to touch the rim of the round, silver moon.
How long did they stand there? Both, as it were, caught in that circle of unearthly light, understanding each other perfectly, creatures of another world, and wondering what they were to do in this one with all this blissful treasure that burned in their bosoms and dropped, in silver flowers, from their hair and hands?”
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