The Garden Party

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

Relates Katherine Mansfield's classic short story about a garden party which continues uninterrupted by a neighborhood death.

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The Garden Party

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Overview

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

Relates Katherine Mansfield's classic short story about a garden party which continues uninterrupted by a neighborhood death.

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Library Journal
The Garden Party is the last volume of short stories published before this New Zealand author's untimely death from tuberculosis at age 35. These 15 stories are typical Mansfield slice-of-life glimpses into human relationships: parent-child, wife-husband, friend-friend, all recognizable, all vivid in their gentleness and sensitivity. Marguerite Gavin reads in a light, American-accented, rather uninspired way, but her voices are marvelous; presenting British accents of every description from cockney to Queen, with clear delineation between characters male and female, is a skill especially important in these character-driven tales. Her sound effects (birdcalls, running water, etc.) are perfect, and she sings in such a lovely clear soprano that the listener wishes there were more songs in the stories. The short story format is often a favorite with listeners who hesitate to commit to hours and hours of the same work. Mansfield belongs in all fiction collections; highly recommended.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
An illustrated collection published to mark the centenary of Mansfield's birth. The paintings (in color) are largely by New Zealand artists who were her contemporaries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Laura is the daughter of a privileged family whose worldview is limited to that of their own social class. As her family prepares to host a lavish garden party, she and her siblings are drawn into the festivities as they discuss the choice of flowers, the placement of the tent, the types of sandwiches, and, of course, their expensive costumes. The activity is not even interrupted by the news of the death of a poor young worker who lives nearby. When the party is over, however, Laura's mother suggests that she take the leftover food to the deceased's family. Laura meets the dead man's family, and, in an unwelcome surprise, sees the corpse of the dead man himself. As she returns to her frivolous life, the reader is left to decide whether the confrontation will change Laura's outlook on life. This short story, first published in 1922, is as relevant today as it was then, when it sought to expose the callousness of the upper class. This edition includes a critical essay on the story and a short biography of the author by Kate Riggs, both of which are excellent. There is also a photograph of a garden party from the 1920s that vividly illustrates the milieu of the time. The layout and presentation of this story, which is part of the "Creative Short Stories" series by the publisher, is quite good, and the book should be a welcome addition to any school library. The only questionable aspect is the decision by the publisher to put some of the passages in colored type. This could be viewed as a type of study guide, as it certainly draws the reader's attention, but it is probably not necessary, since it tends to interfere with the flow of the work. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500399504
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/3/2014
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!! (has more than you bargained for)

    Not only does this book contain the more popular "The Garden Party", but I was surprised to see that it also contains "The Fly" - another very important Mansfield work - which is not often included in anthologies. I consider this particular anthology a real find. You will too!

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