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“Often, her fiction drew its energy from contradictory qualities: her stories were minutely observed but also suspenseful, matter-of-fact but also fanciful, reportorial but also imaginative. They were broad-minded, and so felt real…it feels as concrete as anything you might read in the newspaper or see with your own eyes. Gallant had a rare gift: a solid imagination.” —The New Yorker
"Ms. Hellier [owner of the English language Village Voice bookstore on Paris's Left Bank] said if she were to recommend one work of fiction set in Paris, it would be Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant, a collection of short stories by the Canadian-born writer who long wrote for The New Yorker." --The New York Times
This volume is a splendid introduction to a masterful short story writer.
The language and alacrity of thought process bring wistful tears to the eyes of a sensitive reader; and the joys are masterfully poignant.
Gallant has left the world with a legacy of brilliant short stories which require a slow reading pace to savor each turn of a phrase.
I am now officially sick of literary fiction. The stories are fine, individually, but they all sound like something out of the New Yorker. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Shagbark
Captivating personalities, timeless scenes. Savor the situations you may or may not encounter in your visits to Paris -- they will remind you of real life!Published 1 month ago by Edith A. Harris
One of the great short story writers of all time. Mavis Gallant inevitably takes the reader on an unexpected journey into novel territory -- subtle, surprising, often difficult,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by fanfare
Mavis Gallant is a master story teller. Her short stories are magnificent and compelling. This is a little known Canadian writer recommended by Francine Prose in her wonderful book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Templeton
My mind just doesn't seem to work the way the minds of the readers do who award the top prizes. I struggled through most of it but found it extremely tedious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wisteria
These stories did not make for a compelling read. I would not recommend it for its literary or narrative merits.Published 3 months ago by MDTraveler
This is a very thought provoking and inspiring book. The author's skill in expressing her thoughts and her brevity is exceptional. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victoria
This volume is a splendid introduction to a masterful short story writer. The volume contains 15 stories from various stages of Gallant's career, a short introduction by Michael... Read morePublished 4 months ago by tony covatta
I'm afraid it just wasn't my type of book. Found it tedious and boring. However well written. Mainly for the older generation I think.Published 4 months ago by Allan Francis Scott