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The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter Paperback – September 19, 1979
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"The four selections included in this high quality audio tape provide an excellent introduction to the short stories of this popular Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The tape also serves as a showcase for the talented stage actress Siobhan McKenna, a life-long friend of Porter. McKenna's reading is flawless. The voice of each character in the four stories is distinctive...Porter's keen observation of the inner lives of her characters is clearly presented in this dramatic reading. Highly recommended." -- Kliatt, January 1992 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book consists of 19 Short Stories/Long Stories/Short Novels and they are all extraordinary. In a shockingly well written story, she writes in "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" a description of going into a depressive pit, the likes of which I have never seen before, fact or fiction. Her style is so good, she leaves the reader guessing what is fact and what is fiction, in her fiction, with respect to her plot line in this very surreal story of a lady going into depression. Her characters are so intimately real life, as to make the reader feel they know them, almost personally. But what we readers know truly, is how wonderfully Porter expresses herself, and how incredible are her endings and beginnings, as well as wonderfully written middles.
No appreciator of American Literature should pass up the opportunity to read this book. In paperback, it is one of the true bargains in America today. For about 15 to 25 hours of extreme reading pleasure, this book fits the bill quite perfectly.
But you should really slow down, read some again and again. Maria Concepcion is a great tale of revenge and betrayal; "Virgin Violeta" a coming of age type story... "The Martyr" story about a famous painter (Diego Rivera type) who is in love..."Magic," "Rope," "He," "Theft"-- all of these are powerful looks into human relationships and are so well done that you really feel that you know the people that Porter describes.
Read it slowly, go back and savor the spices & intricate details of every story.
overall I would definitely recomend this book though.
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Each of these absorbing stories has its own beautiful power. The characters are vividly illustrated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristy Hardway
Southern Gothic Classic, for good reason. The images are searing, the dialogue interesting and not cliched, the plots neatly woven together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angelique973
If you are looking for a light, uplifting ditty, skip this.
Here is literary density with a thick layer of early 20th century realism. Read more
It's my understanding that stories must have endings. The Collected "Stories" of Katherine Anne Porter is a misnomer.Published 12 months ago by Dale Lund
I purchased this book from Motor_City_Books in Used Good condition. NO WAY! It was in PERFECT condition! Brand new, shiny cover and not a mark or a bent page. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Deborah French
Yes, the stories are beautifully written. Excellent prose. But addresses the losses, regrets and futility of life. I would have liked to read a story that had some hope in it. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Theresa Sapp