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In the title story, Mansfield concentrates on young Laura Sheridan on the afternoon of her family's garden party. The story follows the family through the preparations--flags to identify the different sandwiches, the delivery of cream puffs, the setting up of a marquee on the lawn. This perfect idyll is broken, however, by news of a fatal accident down the lane. A young workman has been killed, leaving a wife and five children. Into Laura's perfect Eden, death comes whispering and her reaction to it is both subtle and surprising. In fact, many of Mansfield's stories feature young women on the brink of adulthood--facing, for the first time, the realities of their constricted lives. Love is a trap; childbearing is another; death can be "simply marvellous." Mansfield died in 1923 of tuberculosis, leaving behind a body of work that is as bold, unconventional, and modern as she was. The Garden Party and Other Stories is a fitting epitaph. --Alix Wilber
These were written for a time when things were different, so you must read them with that in mind.
Times were different, but people deep down inside are still the same. Read more
I did not want some of the stories to end. I wanted to know what happened next! I admire her easy style and fear it is inimitable. Great storyteller.
From a slower gentler era. No wonder the spinsters of those days were odd, they barely existed poor things. Nowadays it would be termed abuse.Published 2 months ago by Judith Veerkamp - Cox
I bought this for a college course, it was very interesting and insightful.
Her writing is very good and it observes the time and of the classes of which it was written.
Old fashioned stories taking place in an era long gone by.A slow read but charming subjects covered. Gave not finished the book yet...but i will......Published 5 months ago by Anne Sisson
Katherine Mansfield wrote in what is considered by some to be the golden age of the short story. This is most appropriate because, as this tome illustrates, she writes with a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by propertius
I couldn't get past the first chapter. However, for those who enjoy flowery language and the type of culture this book brings to mind, it's probably fine. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen Utley
If you are above the age of 10, this book is not for you. It's really for kids, plot treatment and ending.Published 10 months ago by M. Schuermann