Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Book - 2010
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A marvelous collection from "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" ( The New Yorker ).

Four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, three-time winner of the Whitbread Prize, and five-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, William Trevor is one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. Bringing together forty-eight stories from After Rain, The Hill Bachelors, A Bit on the Side , and Cheating at Canasta , this second volume of Trevor's collected fiction offers readers "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives" ( The New York Times Book Review ).
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670022069
Characteristics: vi, 567 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

William Trevor (who died earlier this week) started writing in his 30's and luckily lived another half-century to give us an incredible treasure of work. He was a master of the short story- the Irish equivalent of our great Canadian writer Alice Munro. HIs settings were in the Irish and Anglo-Irish worlds, but really his terrain was the human heart. Fine writer-- I recommend reading anything (short stories or novel) by him.

Jul 05, 2010

William Trevor's a London-based Irish story-writer: mostly short stories, though he's written novels. He's as good a craftsman as Graham Greene, in capturing characters and their predicaments with just a few adroit brushstrokes, as well as the heart that informs his art. There's something mildly olden about his spare writing, but he seldom resorts to fancy language and never sounds out-of-date. Always sympathetic to his characters, even those (very much in the minority) who aren't civilized or urbane. In an interview he's said that happiness is boring; that's revealing about his work.
This book collects all his published stories, plus four more, up to around 1990 -- since which he's written a few dozen more. Most will reward the attentive reader, and several are exemplary.


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