Best English Short Stories III

Best English Short Stories III

by Giles Gordon
     
 

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"Short-story fans will relish this anthology…[The stories'] effect is timeless and comforting, bespeaking a kind of interchangeable and universal human spirit." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
This is the sixth annual collection of stories we consider to be the best by British and Commonwealth writers since our last volume. The two Irish writers we include,

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"Short-story fans will relish this anthology…[The stories'] effect is timeless and comforting, bespeaking a kind of interchangeable and universal human spirit." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
This is the sixth annual collection of stories we consider to be the best by British and Commonwealth writers since our last volume. The two Irish writers we include, even the solitary Scot, will have gown wryly used to being classed British. But these days it edges towards the patronising to assume that the two Canadians chosen, the New Zealander and the South African, are still largely part of the same broad culture which of the English-speaking peoples excludes only America. Yet for literary purposes (including publishing) so things stand, even when these writers are busy extending horizons distinctly on their own.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Third in an annual series, this assemblage of 25 exceptional stories caters to catholic tastes, eschewing the cryptic or minimalist in favor of well-rounded narratives. Drawing from stories from all English-speaking countries save the U.S., the editors feature many prominent writers, whose works here amply demonstrate their talents. Among these are Nadine Gordimer (her tale, ``A Find,'' stands out even in this company), Alice Munro, Julian Barnes, Rose Tremain and William Trevor. Michael Dibdin's ``A Death in the Family,'' about an Argentinian woman certain that her well-off parents had obtained her via the brutal tactics of the so-called dirty war, reaches another high mark. Newcomer James Waddington offers the startling ``Glob,'' in which ``civilized'' people on a secluded island shed not only their clothes but their morals; but on the whole the editors' selections of lesser-known authors reveal a penchant for rather too tidy construction. The non-U.S. limitation seems arbitrary, especially as several stories were first published in American magazines, and the omissions are strange--not a single Australian is represented--but the collection itself possesses a rare degree of strength. Introduction not seen by PW. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393309782
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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