The Garden Party and Other Stories
In deceptively simple language, Katherine Mansfield illuminates complicated relationships and profound, often troubling, ideas. Couples who marry for ambiguous reasons, lovers who persistently misunderstand one another, women who cling to unrealized dreams and unrecognized prejudices -- Mansfield... show more
In deceptively simple language, Katherine Mansfield illuminates complicated relationships and profound, often troubling, ideas. Couples who marry for ambiguous reasons, lovers who persistently misunderstand one another, women who cling to unrealized dreams and unrecognized prejudices -- Mansfield captures the telling moments of her character's lives in precise, luminous detail. The fifteen stories in this collection range from "At the Bay", an impressionistic evocation of family life set in her native New Zealand, to "Miss Brill", the story of a lonely woman devastated by the mockery of pair of young lovers. The title story, an ironic vignette about a society woman briefly touched by the real world at the funeral of her working-class neighbor, is an experiment with voices, viewpoints, and allusions that continues to surprise and delight readers even today.
Publish date: January 1st 1998
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 255
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Female Authors
, Short Stories
, Short Story Collection
I have been able to read a great many things recently that I would not have normally picked up - and it is two stories by Mansfield that I have had to read for my 20th Century British Literature class. The first of the two stories that I had to read by Katherine Mansfield for this class was a st...
This a very short little story, about 10 pages long. The story captures a single day during which a well-to-do family in colonial New Zealand throws a garden party while down the lane in the slums they mourn the death of a man who leaves behind him a wife and half-a-dozen children. I was really in...
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, no...
A lavish party at the luxurious Sheridan family home is jeopardised when a local workman meets with a tragic death. Read by Romola Garai.Broadcast on:BBC Radio 4, 3:30pm Wednesday 30th December 2009Abridged by Richard Hamilton.