Cheating at Canasta, Hardback
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'No matter what,' Julia had said, aware then of what was coming, 'let's always play cards.' And they did; for even with her memory gone, a little more of it each day - her children taken, her house, her flowerbeds, belongings, clothes - their games in the communal drawing room were a reality her affliction allowed.

A husband sits in Harry's Bar in Venice, thinking of his wife - lost to him now - whose plea has brought him back to one of their favourite haunts.

On another table, a young couple quarrel. Cheating at Canasta is the title story of William Trevor's new collection, his first since the highly acclaimed A Bit on the Side (2004), and its themes of missed opportunities, the inevitability of change and the powerful but fragmentary quality of our memories are entirely characteristic of his unparalleled oeuvre.




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As short stories go, these are pretty good. The characters are well enough developed that the reader can have some understanding of what makes them tick - more so than in some novels I've read. As I've said before, Trevor is very good at creating a mood, a feeling. This tells you a lot about the situation that he's describing. The stories are largely about Ireland and Irish society, and, while I don't have any first hand experience, I reckon he's done a pretty good job of picturing the society for us.Notwithstanding these positive comments, I do still prefer a full length novel to a short story....I sometimes felt Trevor was rushing the plot a little.

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