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Something Childish But Very Natural (Great Loves, #13)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  291 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Love can be innocent

Henry is naïve and has never experienced love. When he meets golden-haired Edna in a train carriage, however, his world changes forever. But the intensity of their feelings threatens their innocence, and Edna knows she is too young to leave her childhood behind.
Paperback, Penguin Great Loves Series, 110 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1924)
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Ilse
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, reviewed
If love was a red dress

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was a perfect stranger to me until I got intrigued by a few sentences about her in Alexandra Harris’s short biography on Virginia Woolf, depicting her as a friend with whom Woolf had a thoroughly complicated and almost obsessive literary and personal relationship, mutually inspiring but also rivalrous. Woolf wrote in her diary about Mansfield: ‘I was jealous of her writing—the only writing I have ever been jealous of.’

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Blair
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
Zeynep Atakır
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Çok çok çok güzeldi ❤ ...more
TinHouseBooks
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-love
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
AleksandraO
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first attempt at reading books by Katherine Mansfield. First of all i like her pure handwriting style. She can leave you in a complete suspense and she is strict at times. I really liked the first story about Henry and Edna, the way they recognised each other, the way they took possessions of each other's names in the pause. The frightening thought of having someone for the rest of your life. And knowing where you belong. And realising home can be a person. My favourite writer Woolf once said ...more
Lucinda
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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J
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Danae
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enamorarse es algo súper bonito, hacerle el quite no tiene sentido.
"You have only to say one word and I would know your voice among all other voices. I don't know what is it- I've often wondered - that makes your voice such a - haunting memory... Do you remember that first afternoon we spent together at Kew Gardens? You were so surprised because I did not know the names of any flowers. I am still just as ignorant for all your telling me. But whenever it is very fine and warm, and I see some brig
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digbybare
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
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.
Yoana
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
Punya Gupta
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"My name is Edna."
"My name is Henry."
In the pause they took possession of each other's names and turned them over and put them away, a shade less frightened than that.

~ taken from the title story

Something Childish But Very Natural is a short story collection by Katherine Mansfield first published in 1914.

Mansfield's way of writing about young innocent love is so heart warming and beautiful that I want to go back and read more of what she has written.
wang  Mu
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
lovely and cute.
Suzie Grogan
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This small collection of short stories makes me want to go back and read everything Katherine Mansfield has ever written. Beautiful.
Jessica
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this small collection of short stories on love in a Berlin book café. It is a perfect buy for those of us who suffer from a book hording compulsion but always travelling with packed-to-the-limit handluggage-only. I trust that the same is true for all the other booklets from Penguin’s Great Loves series.

Katherine Mansfield’s Something Childish But Very Natural is coping with various stages of romantic relationships; its stories spanning from one telling of the naïve, innocent falling in
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Christina
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
omg i hated this. there was not one story that i enjoyed. i'm not counting this toward my reading goal because i didn't read all of the stories. Only 8 short stories totaling just over 100 pages and i just couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Yoj
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
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Konrad
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rose (peculiaritea)
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Emilie
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Noora
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-2013
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.
Katie
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Claire
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quick and mostly sad short stories about romantic relationships. I particularly enjoyed how Mansfield presents her characters' actions without interpreting them or judging them for you.
Elyzha
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok. I guess the stories have hidden messages in them but yeah, it was ok. A 2.5
Ickis Mirolo
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nice n Springy.
Juwita
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Lovely little short stories on love. Bittersweet sometimes sad. My favorite: Bliss and Marriage a la Mode.
Everett Darling
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Poison
See-Saw
Valerie
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
eves
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
That just made me sad.
Michaela
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
My favourites: The woman at the store, Millie, Violet, Late at night, This flower, Sixpence, Poison.
Tim Caines
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Very enjoyable and I think somewhat Hardyesque!
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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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“What can you do if you are thirty and, turning the corner of your own street, you are overcome, suddenly, by a feeling of bliss - absolute bliss - as though you'd suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle into every finger and toe?...” 36 likes
“You have only to say one word and I would know your voice among all other voices. I don't know what is it- I've often wondered - that makes your voice such a - haunting memory... Do you remember that first afternoon we spent together at Kew Gardens? You were so surprised because I did not know the names of any flowers. I am still just as ignorant for all your telling me. But whenever it is very fine and warm, and I see some bright colours - it's awfully strange - I hear you voice saying: "Geranium, marigold, and verbena." And I feel those three words are all I recall of some forgotten, heavenly language... You remember that afternoon?” 0 likes
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