The Garden Party and Other Stories, Paperback

The Garden Party and Other Stories Paperback

4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Innovative, startlingly perceptive and aglow with colour, these fifteen stories were written towards the end of Katherine Mansfield's tragically short life.

Many are set in the author's native New Zealand, others in England and the French Riviera.

All are revelations of the unspoken, half-understood emotions that make up everyday experience - from the blackly comic "The Daughters of the Late Colonel", and the short, sharp sketch "Miss Brill", in which a lonely woman's precarious sense of self is brutally destroyed, to the vivid impressionistic evocation of family life in "At the Bay". 'All that I write,' Mansfield said, 'all that I am - is on the borders of the sea.

It is a kind of playing.'




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Katharine Mansfield has a lovely writing style. Her short stories are poignant, subtle, and easy to move through. I was definitely left wishing for more.

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A collection of short stories, each a an exquisite portrait of a person and a situation. Issues of class and its impact upon lives explored. It often portrays the gap between dream and reality. I found the stories most intriguing for their superb portraits and psychological insight.

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One of the early modernists, she is not a particularly astute psychologist nor does she do much with story, but the descriptions and urgency of her scenes where by sheer energy she tries to lift a moment through the screen is astonishing. She has these long rolling abundant sentences that are all about making the moment startlingly vivid and fresh. She died in her early thirties and may have gotten TB from DH Lawrence and that plus the death of her younger brother cast a long shadow. Things must be memorialized because there isn't much time and/or death lurks right in the next room. if it isnt' front and center it is still the predominant influence. The structure of the title story could not be more straightforward and you can't convince me she didn't have much fondness for her people, but still it has the same verve, that singular instance that the moment be fully displayed that reminds me of Joyce. The Voyage too was good. There are a few stories and then some things that didn't feel like much more than sketches but again, the sentences. Wow.

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I do not enjoy short stories, but these were beautifully written, and pulled me in and had me so involved within seconds... I wish she had written novels. She didn't did she? I'm not missing out on something somewhere? But I can she why she and Virginia Woolf saw each other as equals.

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