The Collected Storiesby William Trevor
The Collected Stories Giftset - two exquisite volumes of William Trevor's remarkable short stories William Trevor is described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker and acclaimed for his haunting and profound insights into the human heart. Here is the ultimate collection of his short fiction, with dozens of tales
The Collected Stories Giftset - two exquisite volumes of William Trevor's remarkable short stories William Trevor is described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker and acclaimed for his haunting and profound insights into the human heart. Here is the ultimate collection of his short fiction, with dozens of tales spanning his career and ranging from the moving to the macabre, the humorous to the haunting. From the penetrating 'Memories of Youghal' to the bittersweet 'Bodily Secrets' and the elegiac 'Two More Gallants', here are masterpieces of insight, depth, drama and humanity, acutely rendered by a modern master. 'A textbook for anyone who ever wanted to write a story, and a treasure for anyone who loves to read them' Madison Smartt Bell 'Extraordinary... Mr. Trevor's sheer intensity of entry into the lives of his people...proceeds to uncover new layers of yearning and pain, new angles of vision and credible thought' The New York Times Book Review If you enjoyed The Story of Lucy Gault and Love and Summer, you will love this book. It will also be adored by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. His books in Penguin are: After Rain; A Bit on the Side; Bodily Secrets; Cheating at Canasta; The Children of Dynmouth; The Collected Stories (Volumes One and Two); Death in Summer; Felicia's Journey; Fools of Fortune; The Hill Bachelors; Love and Summer; The Mark-2 Wife; Selected Stories; The Story of Lucy Gault and Two Lives.
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Meet the Author
William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.
- Devon, England
- Date of Birth:
- May 24, 1928
- Place of Birth:
- Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
- Trinity College, Dublin, 1950
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It took me a couple of months to make my way through these 85 stories and it was definitely worth the time I spent with them. Trevor's prose is always simple and clear, yet his range of characters and plots is astonishing because of their superbly captured detail and variety. Most of these stories deal with Irish and English characters, and many swirl around the realities or possibilities of extramarital affairs. 'In Isfahan,' one of Trevor's best stories, a married middle-aged man carries on an impromptu affair with a young woman he meets while in Iran; in 'Lovers of Their Time,' another top-notch story, a married man carries on a long-term affair with a shop girl by meeting her in a hotel¿s second-floor public bathroom. Trevor is also quite adept of presenting the romantic yearnings of women. In 'The Ballroom of Romance,' a country girl's dreams and consequences are highlighted in her trips to the local dance hall; in 'Afternoon Dancing,' a middle-aged married woman dallies with the idea of an affair with her dance partner after the death of her close friend. Like Chekhov, to whom Trevor is often compared, this writer also has an admirable sense of comedy. 'Mulvhill¿s Memorial' finds an unlikely pornographic set-up within an office; 'The Trinity' has a couple booking a vacation to Venice and ending up in Switzerland. Accidents spiral out of control in 'The Penthouse Apartment,' and in 'A Complicated Nature,' a man is forced to help his upstairs neighbor when her suitor unexpectedly dies. Another one of the best stories of this collection is 'Broken Homes,' where an elderly woman suffers the indignities of having her kitchen painted by a team of indifferent youths. Other first-rate stories include 'The Smoke Trees of San Pietro,' where a boy¿s sickness propels his mother into an affair, and 'Death in Jerusalem' where a mother dies while on vacation.
I keep this book in the back of my car. It rests under yellowing newspapers, discarded To Do Lists (rarely looked at or achieved), a Thomas Guide to Los Angeles and a few stray Starbucks coffee containers. Okay, I'm a slob. But the reason William Trevor's stories go with me wherever I go is I never know when I will be overcome with the urge to read his luminous prose. There is no greater writer today. His characters are richly complex. The worlds they inhabit are diverse, shifting and soaked with truth. I hope Mr. Trevor continues to write for many years to come. And I hope one day I might buy him a pint to thank him for the joy he has brought me and thousands others. Bravo.