Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review

The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield (Wordsworth Classics)The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield

Short Story writing in it's most artful form. Mansfield specialized in these and I believe it would be hard to find someone to top her skill. It is quite a gift to be able to introduce a story and it's characters, have them do interesting things and then conclude it all in the span of a few pages.

This huge volume of 73 stories, plus 15 of her unfinished ones makes for a huge variety in both subject matter and the length of the story. If you do not care for one, perhaps the next is more to your liking.

I love to have several books going at once and having these short stories to read now and then was wonderful. Each story seemed to end with an element of either a profound statement or a bit open-ended for the reader to finish in their own mind.

Written in the first part of the 1900's, the stories evoke another time of place and events. Time and events change, but the human heart remains the same.

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