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The Garden Party and Other Stories

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Written during the final stages of her illness, "The Garden Party and Other Stories" is full of a sense of urgency and was Katherine Mansfield's last collection to be published during her lifetime. The fifteen stories, many of them set in her native New Zealand, vary in length and tone from the opening story, "At the Bay, " a vivid impressionistic evocation of family life, ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Penguin Classics (first published 1922)
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Nov 20, 2015 KOHEY.Y. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
It is always a joyful occasion for me to meet an author whose words and phrases I cherish and reflect on in my mind.
I’m truly amazed at her imagination to capture every little moments in life,and to turn the unimaginable into the tangible through her sensitive and sometimes curious eyes.Fifteen short stories contained here are only an extension of mundane,everyday life,but it shows us a good indication of how colorful,passionate,and tragic our life can become under a great writer.I highly recom
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
Aug 23, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories

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
The Garden Party and Other Stories was written as modernist Katherine Mansfield was battling tuberculosis, and this is her last book of short stories. The stories show a slice of life with ambiguous endings which leave the reader thinking about the character's next move. The short stories are about class differences, gender roles, social interactions, couple dynamics, family relationships, isolation, coming of age, and death. Here's a few thoughts about the fifteen stories in this collection:

Dec 25, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) Katherine Mansfield creates stories set in a small, narrow world in which the details of life seem to be blown all out of proportion, at least to the sensibilities of a (this) modern reader. On the other hand, the same details take on a curious kind of importance in her stories precisely because they are singled out; it’s as if they are encased in glass for readers to gaze at and contemplate precisely because of their minuteness, which puts them in the very foreground of life for our ...more
May 04, 2015 Hadrian rated it really liked it
'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
Aug 11, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Mansfield writes short stories with zest and resonance. This collection includes stories with settings in New Zealand (where she lived as a child and adolescent), the French Riviera and England. Themes include life, death, class, illusion and reality. She writes with a distinctive style and conveys complex truths and thoughts with deceptive simplicity.

The characters in each story all have a suggestive isolation from each other. Some stories are tinged with a critical, teasing and despa
Sep 02, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will not be a terribly thoughtful review, just an expression of excitement. I don’t know how I got this far in my life without anybody telling me what a wonderful writer Katherine Mansfield was. She was a master of the modern short story. When I consider most of the 20C short story collections I’ve read, I think that Mansfield got there first, and did it better. And there was a terrible moment when I saw why Virginia Woolf felt so threatened by her, because, if I’d read the book with no cov ...more
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
Este é mais um, de entre tantos livros, que li na "pré-história" e, porque o esqueci completamente, atirei-o para o Goodreads acompanhado de uma ou duas estrelas.
Noutras leituras deparei-me várias vezes com o nome de Mansfield e decidi relê-lo.

São nove contos em que as personagens são mulheres em jaulas; mais mentais do que físicas, mas jaulas. Mulheres prisioneiras da educação e da cultura e vida da época, em que pouco mais podiam fazer do que sair da casa dos pais para a casa do marido. As q
This review was written as I read along, so there's no structure to it. It's a recording of my impressions and thoughts throughout the reading process. My general thoughts about the collection as a whole are at the end.

At the Bay *****
Mansfield is an incomparable master of language. She uses it as a brush. She has this magical power to evoke crystal clear mental images in the reader's head and a thorough submergence in the atmosphere in her heart, all accomplished by means of a few brush strok
Jul 10, 2014 Amalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
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
Jul 09, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 24, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Oct 12, 2011 Bruce rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely little vignettes in which the author explores class differences, relationships, and the fleeting nature of life. I quite enjoyed these short stories.
Jun 16, 2016 Maryann rated it it was ok
Mansfield writes from the inside of a doll house. The fancy handmade kind with miniature china sets and thin glass panes in the windows. Everything is cute and quaint and "Oh dear, mama!" and I just wanted to die after the first two stories. They all reminded me of a little girl playing with dolls- there was no depth in either Mansfield's characters or her writing. As for comparisons to Woolf, which was why I started reading this in the first place, that is a lie and it needs to stop. Two stars ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Lester rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 25, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially gave this three stars, but while re-reading some of the stories in order to write this, I realized that they are really quite lovely.

In "The Bay" Mansfield gives us the story of a single day, seen through the eyes of several people. Relationships, hopes and dreams, meaning are briefly sketched. "We are dumb trees, reaching up in the night, imploring we know not what" seemed to be the moral here. In "The Garden Party", a young woman struggles with following her emotions or doing what
I tried to read this collection some years ago and failed—perhaps because I wasn't a mature enough reader to appreciate it yet, and perhaps partly because of a horrible introduction to the library copy I had (scholarly introductions are the very devil). This time around I appreciated the stories much more, and even enjoyed them. To be sure, the flavor of the collection as a whole is bittersweet, since most of the stories have a root of melancholy somewhere—Mansfield seems to make a specialty of ...more
Emre Ergin
Jul 03, 2012 Emre Ergin rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it
Brutal. I think that word effectively sums up this short story.

If you are looking for an uplifting tale, this is certainly not the one to go for. If you are looking for something that is absolutely FASCINATING though, this is unquestionably something to read.

Within 20 pages or so, Mansfield creates a microcosm that relates PERFECTLY to a scenario that is still more than relevant today when it comes to the 'class divide' and how we as a society look at our inferiors. It is key to note, that des
Nov 07, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
This was definitely quite a surprising read for me & I wasn't expecting to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. For many years I read almost exclusively very old stories from this era and also before but recently in the past year I have decided to start reading a slew of more modern material and so I approached this with some apprehension...but much to my surprise it ended up being one of the best I've read..I flew through the entire book in but a few hours...I was beside myself.. Katherine Man ...more
Gillian Kevern
I've read this collection before. Many times before. I remember writing an essay on 'At the Bay' for a Uni paper, so I thought myself safe from Katherine Mansfield's amazing talent for pathos.

Not so. I even saw 'Miss Brill' coming and it still got me!

This copy of The Garden Party was found six years ago in my first year in my current town, when a fellow teacher drove me and another friend to Yamaguchi for the flea market. Being a New Zealander I had to buy it purely because it meant something
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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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