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Sixteen Short Novels

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Andrea - John O'Hara
The Old Maid - Edith Wharton
Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
Mario and the Magician - Thomas Mann
Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain
Ward No. 6 - Anton Chekhov
Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Fall - Albert Camus
Old Man - William Faulkner
Youth - Joseph Conrad
The Lesson of the Master - Henry James
My Mortal Enemy - Willa Cather
The Ghost Writer - Philip
Hardcover, 1067 pages
Published January 16th 1986 by Dutton Books (first published June 3rd 1985)
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Dec 03, 2011 Harley is currently reading it
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I bought this book some 25 years ago and never read it because it has more than 1,000 pages. I picked it up recently and am slowly working my way through the book. I will discuss each novel it as I finish it.

Andrea by John O'Hara
I have never read anything by O'Hara. This is a story of a love affair between a man and a woman over a period of years while they had other lovers and spouses. The story is told through the eyes of the male and has a surprising ending.

The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
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Oct 27, 2015 Mary Jo rated it it was ok
Some stories good, some very good, some so-so. The Russian authors were difficult.
Jun 26, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing
The definition of a short novel, as put forth by the editor, Wilfrid Sheed, indicates a length of somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 words, such that the prose is sparer than for a novel, Also, in this collection, the editor chose more obscure stories by popular authors. So I will be giving brief reviews of the stories as I read ‘em: FYI, I have found that most of these stories are listed and reviewed independently on Goodreads.

1. “Andrea,” by John O’Hara (author of “Butterfield 8” and “From th
Sep 26, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it
“Death is a personal matter, arousing sorrow, despair, fervor, or dry-hearted philosophy. Funerals, on the other hand, are social functions. Imagine going to a funeral without first polishing the automobile. Imagine standing at a graveside not dressed in your best dark suit and your best black shoes, polished delightfully. Imagine sending flowers to a funeral with no attached card to prove you had done the correct thing. In no social institution is the codified ritual of behavior more rigid than ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Contrarywise rated it it was amazing
There are some really great reads in this volume, notably the one by the editor "The Blacking Factory," which recounts the experiences of an American boy sent to an English public school, and the astonishing "Youth," by Joseph Conrad. It had been a long time since I read the others, but I am sure that the Camus is outstanding, and "Notes frome the Underground" took my breath away when I read it at age 20. Others, like the Henry James, I plodded through, wishing I hadn't bothered when I finished. ...more
1) Andrea; O'Hara, John
2) The Old Maid; Wharton, Edith
3) Tortilla Flat; Steinbeck, John
4) Mario and the Magician; Mann, Thomas
5) Pudd'nhead Wilson; Twain, Mark
6) Ward No. 6; Chekhov, Anton
7) Notes from Underground; Dostoevsky, Fyodor
8) The Fall; Camus, Albert
9) Old Man; Faulkner, William
10) Youth; Conrad, Joseph
11) The Lesson of the Master; James, Henry
12) My Mortal Enemy; Cather, Willa
13) The Ghost Writer; Roth, Philip
14) The Ebony Tower; Fowles, John
15) Catholics; Moore, Brian
16) The Blacking
Aug 25, 2016 Megargee rated it really liked it
I have dipped into this collection from time to time over the years and finally decided to post it.
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How do I review such a classic ? Writers read so far, O hara, Dostoyevsky,Roth,Conrad, Camus, etc
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Sheed was born in London to Francis "Frank" Sheed and Mary "Maisie" Ward, prominent Roman Catholic publishers (Sheed & Ward) in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid-20th century. Wilfrid Sheed spent his childhood in both England and the United States before attending Downside School and Lincoln College, Oxford where he earned BA (1954) and MA (1957) degrees.
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